Jesmond Community Orchard

Events 2011

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New Plants Find A Home in Jan 2011

Since the weather improved and made the soil managable, on Fri 21 Jan 2011 a few more step-over fruit trees and raspberry canes were planted to form a low hedge at the far end of the orchard and replace the Discovery Apple tree that had died. Thanks to all helpers, including the students from Northern County College!

Art in the Orchard in May 2011

The committee members have been looking at designs for the orchard by artist Julia Barton, and were very attracted by some of her ideas. Julia’s work is in keeping with the way the orchard is now. It consists of fruit trees growing up poles either side of the entrance crossing along a wire framework to form a green band in keeping with the backdrop of the roof tops in the next street, which is similar to the entrance archway at Alnwick Garden. She also suggests a woven wire construction and lettering on the wall.

Annual Meeting held on 27 June 2011

Our second Annual Meeting was held in the new community room at Jesmond Library. Visitors found out about the exciting changes which have happened over the past year and also about some new developments which are planned for the near future.

JCO is part of School's Eco Festival in July 2011

3-Year groups from West Jesmond Primary School participated in creative activities at the orchard as part of their Eco Festival. The event was followed by a Family Picnic for the pupils and their families after school on a second afternoon in the week.

Water Supply in Sept 2011 .. Tick!

The water collection system was been installed by Northumbrian Water engineers, so now we can water our young fruit trees more easily. The high quality pipes and fittings are so well and discreetly positioned on the allotment hut wall - the excellent workmanship of the engineers really shows. The huge storage tank is perfect and looks good too under the horse chestnut tree in the orchard. Thanks to the team of Northumbrian Water for all their efforts!

Apple Day Celebrations in Oct 2011

Despite the damp weather there was a good turnout for this year's Apple Day on 9 Oct 2011. Thanks to everyone who helped in every way! The apple-based food was wonderful, the juicing and smoothie-making was fun, and we had a huge display of apples.

New Trees Found A Home in Dec 2011

Throughout the fall, Ian fixed the first tree supports to the wall so that 8 new, healthy espaliered trees could be planted in the orchard on the mild Sunday morning of 11 Dec 2011, in particular:

Apples: Winston and Brownlees Russet, both late varieties
Pears: Conference and Beth, plus a perry pear, Blakeney Red
Moorpark Apricot and Merryweather Damson

To have a look at the article on the JesmondLocal website which includes audio and photo content about the tree planting, click here:

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