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Earley Community Orchard
LATEST NEWS AND EVENTS

September 2017
There has been more vandalism. The Damson was trashed, and then trashed further. It has been removed to a pot to see if it can be nursed back to health. The Greengage has also been damaged, though not terminally. Also, the Mulberry tree has been stolen. The Police have been informed and will keep an eye on the orchard particularly over the weekend, when most of the damage seems to have been caused.

Meanwhile, re-staking is in progress, as several of the original stakes have rotted at the base. Particular thanks to Wyevale Garden Centre at Loddon Bridge, for offering a generous discount on new stakes and tree ties.

We hope to hold an Apple Day in October - more to come.

February 2017
It's nearly a year since we planted the orchard. All the trees are looking healthy, and we pruned them at the end of February, while they were still dormant. 

January 2017
The pear Beurre Hardy which was broken off below the graft has been replaced with another variety, 'Onward'.

The apple Greensleeves, which was damaged when the orchard as vandalised in October, has been replaced with another Greensleeves - and just in case the first one survives after all, it is living in a large pot ready to replant if possible.

31 October 2016
Alas, the orchard has been vandalised. Fortunately the trees themselves seem to have largely escaped (though one was split at the graft and may need replacing), but many of the stakes were broken, and the glass on the notice board was smashed and an egg was thrown at the posters. Thanks to prompt action by Anne and John Booth, the stakes have been straightened and the orchard no longer looks like the photo below.

12 September 2016
An information board showing
the layout of the orchard with the varieties of the trees has been installed. The board was recycled from the old Maiden Erlegh pub!

 

20 August 2016:
A working party trimmed and weeded the plots, and replenished the wood-chip mulch.
Pictures below ...
 
 
August 2016: 
The grass has been cut. It was originally left long to discourage youthful cyclists treating the orchard as a slalom course and accidentally damaging the trees! However, most people prefer to see the grass kept tidy.

Spring 2016:
The blossom has been taken off in this first year to enable the trees to get established.

Pear Beurre Hardy was broken off below the graft and will be replaced in the autumn.
 
A gap in the laurel hedge has been filled with two new laurel plants to prevent accidental damage from footballs.