Totterdown Sprouting

Led by Anne Silber, TS is a project to use open spaces around Totterdown to grow vegetables and fruit which everyone can share. We have been inspired by a project called Incredible Edible Todmorden. We are looking for people to help in many ways - for example planting, expertise, enthusiasm and organising.  
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Orchard Work Party

23rd January 2019
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. 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…

Wassail in the Orchard

15th January 2019
On Saturday 12th January, TRESA held our fourth annual Wassail at the community Orchard on Park Street. 45 people attended to share a drink of cider/apple juice, toast the trees and make some noise to awaken the trees ready for a good crop this year. Toasting the trees in the community orchard A hearty drink of warm cider to pour on the tree roots.

Orchard Work party – 3rd June

5th June 2018
On Sunday 3rd July, TRESA held a work party in the community orchard on Park street.  The event was short notice but we had a team of seven people working in the glorious sunshine.  This was the first event for new member Evie, and we are really grateful for her efforts.  It all made a real improvement. The aim of the session was to cut back the wild growth of grass & weeds to allow the fruit trees and berry bushes to flourish.  The berry bushes appear to be doing well and we expect to have a glut of red…

Sprouting update – May

19th May 2018
There us lots of blossom in the Orchard at the moment which promises good fruit later in the year. We are planning to buy a strimmer with some of our grant money as the grass is getting very long so expect a work party soon. Meanwhile, the brick beds in Oxford St are flourishing with lots of tulips and alliums. The rhubarb flowering is quite a feature at the moment. Next gardening club meets Monday 11th June.

Totterdown Wassailing, Sun 7th Jan 2018

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…

Apple picking and apple pressing in the Community Orchard

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.

Gardening Club 11th September

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.

Orchard Work Party for Earth Day

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…

Gardening Club plants herbs

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…

February gardening club

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.

2017 Wassailing

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…

Gardening Club – Mon 12th Dec

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.

Anne Silber

Project Lead

How to get involved

Weed the flowers beds outside Tesco.
Come along to the weekly Gardening Club.
Donate gardening tools.
Help prune the Orchard.
Water the street planters.
Come along to any orchard event.