Jesmond Community Orchard

Events 2014

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First Work Days of 2014

The first Work Days of 2014 were held at the orchard on Sunday 2nd March, 6th April, 4th May and 22nd June. Preparations for Spring included planting of cordons and general gardening. Here is a list of the varieties of apple planted as cordons:
Worcester Pearmain; Red Pippin (Fiesta); Blenheim Orange; Early Victoria (Emneth Early); Egremont Russet; Ellison's Orange; Gravenstein; James Grieve; Lord Derby; Vista Bella; Baker's Delicious. Should be something for everyone there.

Two Successful Grafting Courses

Two courses were held in Jesmond in February and March this year, both fully subscribed. Alistair Robinson taught the skills required and participants were able to graft not only apples, but pears, plums and gages. There are hundreds of varieties of fruit that are easy to grow but you won’t find in the shops. Further courses are planned for next year. Let us know if you are interested in learning more about them.

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Jesmond Community Festival 2014

We had a great time at Jesmond Community Festival parade and fair. Gil dressed as a bee to promote our Bee Awareness Event the following day and our plant stall was a big success. Our thanks to Linda Ham Garden Design, Kirkley Hall and others for contributing to a very successful event.

On Sunday 11th May, we held a Bee-Awareness Event at the Orchard with activities for families to encourage awareness of native bees. Vince, a member of the Newcastle Beekeepers' Association gave an excellent explanation of bee-keeping and there were lots of other activities, including story-telling and making bee hotels. Despite heavy showers, there was a lot of interest in the event.

See the Photo Gallery for more photos of these events.

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Sowing Wildflower Seeds 23 May 2014

We had a brilliant morning planting wildflower seed with children from West Jesmond Primary to create a bee-friendly meadow. The children love a bit of mud.

The plaque says that this is part of the Bee Cause Campaign run by Friends of the Earth. See www.foe.co.uk/bees for more information.

See the Photo Gallery for more photos of these events and this video:

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Orchard Leaflet
Orchard August 15

Another successful Apple Day

Apple Day was held this year on Saturday 11th October in West Jesmond Allotments. There was apple juicing, apple tasting, apple foods, plants and honey for sale, jams, chutneys and apple foods (and a few un-apple treats too), face painting, stories, games and competitions for all ages, a great display of apple varieties, smoothie bike, face painters, bee keepers, cpmpost makers, apple grafting tutors ..... the list goes on!

By popular demand, the following day, Sunday 12th October was Juice and Cider Day and families were able to press their own fruit.

Both days were very successful and Apple Day was reported in the Journal.

Summer Work Days

More Work Days were held at the orchard on Sunday 17th and Friday 22nd August, and others have worked in the orchard when they can, weeding, cutting the grass, pruning and adding to supports. The Photo Gallery shows the developing fruits and the wildlife in the orchard, with occasional human visitors.

Apple Day 2014 1

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