7th January 2018
Residents from Totterdown came together to enjoy the traditional Westcountry ceremony, wassailing, at the Community Orchard and Park Street Community Space on Sunday. Wassailing is an ancient tradition thought to help 'wake up' fruit trees for spring, to ensure good growth in the common year. It involves making as much noise as possible, so adults and children alike enjoyed banging pans and drums and singing a traditional wassailing song. After that, the participants 'toasted' the trees - drank hot cider or apple juice, and then put actual pieces of toast onto the branches... again, this is part of the tradition…
1st October 2017
Collecting apples in the community orchard Watching the scratter chop the apples. Working the apple press. Lots of lovely apple juice produced from the apples in the community orchard. Thanks to Richard for bringing along the equipment and to everyone who came.
14th September 2017
We were a small gardening group on Monday 11th September meeting in Oxford Square but cleared some weeds and planted saffron crocus bulbs. These will flower next autumn and if you have the patience can provide saffron. Meanwhile many of the plants are continuing to flourish and flower. Next Gardening club will be on Monday 9th October.
23rd April 2017
On Saturday 22nd April, we held a work party at the Orchard and Community Space to play a small part in Earth Day. We had a small group of seven people and managed to make a great impact. The extent of the overgrowth on the embankment We managed to achieve our target of cutting back the weeds along the embankment behind the community space which adjoins the orchard. This extends the orchard behind the community space and connects the two areas together more neatly. People hard at work clearing overgrowth Four fruit…
14th March 2017
The brick bed in Oxford Street square has now been planted up with a variety of plants and herbs. There is a medicinal herbal theme to the planting and we will soon see many native herbs such as Yarrow [Achellea], Foxglove [Digitalis], Camomile, Angelica, Thyme, Marjoram and Lemon balm sprouting forth. The strawberries and some of the spinach have been left in place and we have scattered a few nasturtium seeds so watch this space! Any help with weeding, watering and general removal of litter would be much appreciated. Thanks to Simon, Steve, Erica, Tom, Julian and Anne for the…
8th February 2017
Monday Gardening club will be meeting again on 13th February at 11.30am. We plan to keep up with the weeding ready for our big plant up starting on 13th March and continuing on Saturday 18th March. The bulbs planted in January are already starting to shoot up - signs spring is just around the corner.
18th January 2017
On 7th January, local residents joined TRESA to give a warm welcome to 2017 with the fifth annual wassailing at the community orchard in Park Street and on Zone A, Wells Road. We had a crowd of over 20 people starting in the community space with a drink of cider / apple juice before heading towards the trees brandishing pots, pans, drums and other instruments to make some noise that would awaken the trees. We sang a short song and learned about the history of wassailing. We then "toasted" the tree by sticking cider-soaked toast into the branches and pouring…
13th December 2016
Many thanks to Tom, Erica and Suzanne who joined me for gardening club in Totterdown square yesterday. Look out for our decorations to compliment Giovanna's tree. We also planted crocuses which will flower in early spring and alliums and tulips which will flower in early summer. Our next gardening club will be 9th January. Come and join us for a bit of social gardening.