Status and Schedule

Scheduled Work

Tree Tending Tuesday evenings, every week from spring to autumn. Everyone is welcome our light weekly orchard maintenance activity and social evening, see below for location.

Tree Tending Tuesdays are suspended until spring 2019 due to the failing light.

Please watch this space or join our volunteer email list for announcements.

Saturday Orchard Love is now scheduled for the second Saturday in a month. We hope this will accommodate many volunteers with conflicting commitments on the first Saturday in every month.

When Where What
Tue 6-Nov 19:30 Annual General Meeting Details TBA.
Fri 14-Dec 19:30 Members’ Christmas Party Details TBA.


Where Last Report Notes
All Sites 19-May Some rabbit guards still keep disappearing and need replacing, occasional vandalism continues in Elthorne (13-May: tree #63, Pear ‘Beth’ snapped off). Hemlock, nettles and brambles are emerging everywhere but the trees look great. The general flora shows a much better diversity now.

Watering all new trees is necessary.

Osterley Lock 7-Aug Trees show signs to dry damage, we are busy keeping up with the watering. Other vegetation healthy but restrained thanks to the dry weather.
Elthorne Terrace 10-July Our problem child with continued vandalism by four and two legged hare-brained creatures.

New trees quite desperate for water.

Elthorne Triangles 10-July Cleared nettles and hemlock, observing Japanese Knotweed in the northern triangle. (Rangers notified.)

Trees doing well, other vegetation healthy and restrained due to the dry weather.

The Piggeries 29-Aug Looking good!
 St. Margaret’s 10-July Hedge needs rescue from bindweed & Co, general TLC necessary.
Trumpers Field 3-July Looking great!

Area surrounding trees has been cleared to reduce risk of fire damage.

Needs mulching, paths need cutting (nettles).

Jubilee Meadow 7-Aug Looking great! No dry damage on trees.

Area surrounding trees has been cleared to reduce risk of fire damage.

Blackberry Corner 7-Aug Rangers and contractors did site maintenance, more clearing and removal of arisings needed.

Trees (and all other vegetation) show dry damage.

Area surrounding trees has been cleared to reduce risk of fire damage.

Many trees infected by a variety of insects and perhaps some fungal or bacterial infections; investigating options and planning on pheromone traps next year.

Some trees may be mislabelled and mispositioned on the map; to be corrected over time (perhaps after fruit emerges to help with identification).

Three Bridges Park 9-July Looking good if perhaps a little thirsty, grounds freshly cut by council contractor.
(Observed from across the canal.)
Glade Lane Canalside Park 7-June Undergrowth cleared, trees look healthy.
Top Lock 9-July-2017 Looking good.
(Managed by volunteer lock keepers.)
Bixley Triangle 7-June Stakes and wire guards are badly damaged, repair work under way.

Miscellaneous Dreams

Perhaps you did not have weeding or watering in mind. Perhaps you like the idea of re-creating scenes from historic postcards along the canal? Counting plant species? Researching local history?

Join the volunteer email or use our contact form to get in touch and let us know what you have in mind. We’ll gladly discuss everything, but we won’t promote your professional services.