Orchard Work Party

On Monday 21st January, TRESA held a work party in the community orchard on Park Street.

Park Street resident Julian (Local champion for the Orchard) was able to get a paid day of work on a community project through his employer Amey.  We were delighted that the Orchard was included in their scheme.

Julian cutting back the overhanging trees.  Protects the retaining wall and allows more light to the Orchard.
Julian cutting back the overhanging trees. Protects the retaining wall and allows more light to the Orchard.

Much of the work was important but not glamorous – lots of pruning back the fruit trees, especially the large Apple.  This is a task that has been required for a while so it was great to fully tackle it.  Saplings and shrubs growing into the back wall were also removed.  This will help preserve the wall, and also let more light to the trees below.

 

A large buddleia was also heavily pruned from overhanging the pavement and to allow a new tree to be planted along the pavement.

The community space was also given a good sweep to collect the rotting leaf litter – this will make a great compost.  However, all the brush and branches that were cut down are now piled into the space.  Maybe a bonfire is required.

Some of the long branches and shoots were reused to craft a wattle fence around the raised bed (the previous retaining woodwork was rotting).  This needs a little more work, but is a great use of the waste product.

Cut down shoots being used to craft a wattle fence.
Cut down shoots being used to craft a wattle fence.

Finally, the pavement was given a good sweep with the overgrowing plants cut back to ensure the pavement was not obscured by grass or plants.  So the site was left cleaner, well pruned, and with healthier trees.  A good days work and will help generate a good harvest next autumn.