Sunday, 12 January 2020

Community Orchard volunteer session, Saturday 8th February 2020 10.30am

The Community Orchard fruit trees need more winter pruning and a fresh layer of mulch. 

We'll meet on Saturday 8th February, 10.30am - 12.30pm, to continue the work started on 11th January. Please come along to help - no previous experience necessary. Rendezvous at the south end of Ladywell Fields, Bourneville Road entrance. Boots and old clothes recommended. Under 16s only with close supervision. Please bring your own (sharp) secateurs if you have them, but some will also be available to borrow. It is best to prune in dry weather, so if it is a very wet day we are likely to postpone. Email ladywellfields@yahoo.co.uk if interested, so we can gauge numbers and let you know if the weather causes plans to change.

Hope to see you there.

Mark the date:  There will also be pear grafting session on 22nd February where we will graft the scions collected in January on to new root stocks.

Friday, 3 January 2020

Community Orchard volunteer session, Saturday 11th January 2020 10.30am

The Community Orchard fruit trees need a winter prune, and we also intend to do some grafting from the veteran pear trees in nearby Iona Close orchard. To do this we need to collect scions in January. Scions are pencil-sized twigs from last year's growth, which we will keep dormant until late February when we aim to graft them on to new root stocks.

The first volunteer session will be Saturday 11th January, 10.30am - 12.30pm. We'll be largely pruning but also checking guards and posts, then collecting scion wood. Please come along to help - no previous experience necessary. Rendezvous at the south end of Ladywell Fields, Bourneville Road entrance. Boots and old clothes recommended. Under 16s only with close supervision. Please bring your own (sharp) secateurs if you have them, but some will also be available to borrow. It is best to prune in dry weather, so if it is a very wet day we are likely to postpone. Email ladywellfields@yahoo.co.uk if interested, so we can gauge numbers and let you know if the weather causes plans to change.

There will be a follow up pruning session on 8th February and we hope to hold the pear grafting session on 22nd February.

Hope to see you there.

       

Monday, 18 November 2019

Christmas Social on Thursday 5th December 2019, 7pm-9pm

Join us for our annual Christmas social on Thursday 5th December from 7pm-9pm which this year will be held at the new RUSS Co-housing Community Hub.  The building is located on the Co-housing construction site at the far end of Church Grove. 

Do you think you can tell your grey poplar from your silver birch?  Then join in the tree identification quiz on. Drinks and Snacks will be provided courtesy of the Larder, 71 Ladywell Road. 

All welcome but please RSVP ladywellfields@yahoo.co.uk so we can gauge numbers.  



Saturday, 21 September 2019

Ladywell Fields User Group meeting, Thursday 26 September 2019, 7pm


Thursday 26 September 2019, 7pm
Venue:  Environmental Studies room, North Field (adjacent to Ladywell railway station)

We'll be covering issues including

1. a successful bid to the 'Greening Fund'
2. orchard news
3. enforcement against illegal mopeds in the park
4. cycling in the park
5. volunteering

We expect to have Glendale in attendance so should be able to cover any issues you would like to raise on maintenance, horticultural issues and service levels.

The action notes of the meeting can be viewed here.