Wylam Community Orchard
Planted in the grounds of Wylam First School at the end of the playing field area in the winter of 2010/2011, Wylam Community Orchard is a glorious example of true community work and collaboration. Numerous volunteers have donned warm and protective clothing to cut back brambles, create composting areas, prepare the ground and plant 64+ trees on various working days.
News!! Orchard Receive Cheque from Hammerite
On Sunday 12th February the Wylam Community Orchard received a cheque for £4000 from Hammerite’s community fund. The award was made to help provide an information board, a path and to put towards the purchase of trees.”
To see some more photos and a look at late autumn in the Orchard, with our beautiful golden willow hedge and catkins on the downy birch go to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/62911732%40N07/
Work days will continue throughout the year to maintain the brambles, mulch and care for the trees as well as pruning classes from experts and harvesting any fruit in the autumn. More details of work days and future events can be found below in our Future Events and Work Dates section.
If you are interested, please come along to one of our work days they are always detailed in the Wylam column of the Hexham Courant. Or send us an email and we will add you to the e-distribution list of the orchard Wylamcommunityorchard@gmail.com. We are also on Twitter and will be on Facebook soon. Or bookmark this website as all forthcoming events will be on here.
Membership is open to all members of the community and offers share of the harvest dependent on type of membership. If you would like to join please send us an email and we will forward a membership form to you.
Past Events – Orchard Open Day
An Apple blossom Picnic was held on Saturday 21 April . Picnic baskets and blankets were packed and all headed to the Orchard to see the trees that were planted at the WOOD day.
A great big THANKS to everyone who helped, sang, baked, preserved toured or turned to our open day.
The sun shone and everyone looked like they were having a good time.
Willow wands, singers and the tours seemed particularily popular as did the pims meal deal and the dutch apple cake.
Future Events and Work Dates 2013
A series of dates for workdays throughout the year has been put together occuring every 2 or 3 weeks, alternating between Saturdays and Sundays, between 1pm and 3pm. This will help to keep on top of watering, pest control, weeding grass cutting, etc.
|Sat 12||Work Day||1-3pm|
|Sun 3||Work Day||1-3pm|
|Sat 23||Work Day||1-3pm|
|Sun 10||Work Day||1-3pm|
|Sat 23||Work Day||1-3pm|
A bio-diversity survey of the orchard site has been created – see www.flickr.com/photos/62911732@N07/?saved=1 . The group has already identified species and it’ll be interesting to see how things change over the years. If you’re interested in joining in with the survey please do get in touch.