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August 22nd/23rd
First grass cut for two months
August 19th
Bright and breezy, picking raspberries, blueberries, plums, our first ever peaches and the first apples of the season
August 18th
At Tysoe Show, lots of interest and potentially some new members
August 12th
Too wet
August 5th
Summer pruning finished, more blackcurrants and All Gold picked
August 1st
We've had some rain, over 30Kg blackcurrants picked so far, All Gold raspberries just coming in
July 29th
The hot weather finally breaks, too wet and windy for any work
July 11th
More picking: raspberries, blueberries, tay and logan berries, blackcurrants and gooseberries
July 8th
Blueberry cage finishing touches, and a bit more picking
July 4th
20 punnets of fruit picked
July 7th
Picking: black red and white currants, goose rasp tay and logan berries
June 27th
Visits from Tysoe and Shenington schools
June 24th
Summer tree prune, and lots of redcurrants now the birds are caged out
June 17th
Blueberry watering, footpath clearance, weeding, and fruit thinning
June 14th
Large work group today, watering, weeding, bug hunt, fruit thinning,....
June 11th
Blackcurrant bushes tied in, very heavy with fruit.
June 10th
Full orchard grass cut, but growth does seem to be slowing. Logans and Tays tied up
June 8th
Time to get the cage and net up for the red and white currants. Blueberries needing regular watering.
June 3rd
General plant maintenance and tidy up.
May 30th
A few aphids but no real threat at the moment. Soft fruit weeding. Grass cutting continues with the dandelions almost beaten for another year.
May 6th
Blossom out all over the orchard, bug spray and more edge tidying. Mowing now at its peak to keep the dandelions under control. Another grass cut done to control the dandelions.
May 1st
First full mow of the tree area. Grass has got very long but still ok for the tractor mower. Dandelions coming on strong.
April 29th
A bit more spraying, weather continues very challenging
April 22nd
Weather fine again, tree spraying, some early blossom out
April 19th
First real mowing session, mainly access paths and soft fruit area
April 16th
Finally some warmer weather, and many hands on weeding and other tidying
April 11th
Recent work has included gooseberry pruning, completing of tree weeding, and tayberry feed. First buds are bursting.
April 6th
Mowers serviced and ready for action
February 25th
A bit more tree weeding, but the incoming Beast from the East will stop any more work for the next week.
February 21st
Blueberry and gooseberry pruning, more tree weeding.
February 18th
First round of spraying, and a start on clearing the tree bases of grass, wild flower areas scythed.
February 11th
Very cold, more tree pruning.
February 8th
Cider apple pruning.
February 4th
Currant pruning.
January 28th
Apple and pear pruning .
January 20th    
Wassail. Locals and visitors from Banbury, Northampton and Birmingham, enjoyed the traditional ceremony followed by eating, drinking and singing around the bonfire.
 2018 


November 26th
More tidy up and grease banding
November 22nd
60 new raspberry canes in the raised beds, willow fedge restored
November 8th
Cold and wet, sensory garden tidy and daffodils planting, more grease banding
November 1st
Weeding around the trees and the new raised raspberry beds, and a bit of tree grease banding
October 29th
Final grass cut ? a few apples to bring in
October 18th
Miserable weather but autumn tidy up work goes on
October 16th
Last of the cider apples picked
October 12th
Final raspberry tidy up, tree weeding
October 8th
Juice pasteurising from yesterday - 55 bottles ! and a few apples to pick
October 7th
Apple Day in Oxhill. Motorized scratters for the first time, and a l;ot of juice pressed
September 27th
JoanJ supports cleared ready for cutting, lots of All Gold to pick, apples delivered to Tysoe School
September 24th
Much better weather, plots of raspberries and apples to pick, and dry enough for grass cutting
September 20th
More wet fruit which isn't much use, some apples to pick, and windfalls for juicing
September 17th
Wet again
September 13th
Lots of apples now ripening, great tasting fruit this year
September 10th
Very wet, thistles cut and bagged and some damp fruit picked
September 6th
Large team at work today, picking, mulching and pruning
September 3rd
First apples picked, and raspberries ongoing
August 30th
Logan and raspberry pruning, and yellow raspberries still cropping well
August 27th
Last of the plums, thistle removal, and more All Gold to pick
August 23rd
Lots of helping hands today, picking and pruning and weeding
August 20th
New trench for raspberry replanting in process of being dug out, and some plums and raspberries to pick
August 16th
More plums and raspberries to pick, and Tayberry pruning and tieing in
August 13th
Warm and calm, perfect for spraying with a natural fungicide mix
August 10th
A few plums and damsons to pick, and the remaining viable JoanJs have started cropping
August 6th
Footpath maintenance (one of our responsibility), thinning and pruning of canes, and few AllGold to pick
August 3rd
A few plums and greengages, and yellow raspberries just starting to fruit
July 30th
More mowing, blackcurrant picking, and some stone fruit pruning
July 29th
Currant cage removed and some mowing done
July 23rd
Currant and raspberry picking ongoing but coming to an end, autumn raspberries not ready yet
July 19th
Tysoe School year 1 visit featuring a treasure hunt, while the fruit picking continued
July 16
More pruning and picking
July 9
Stone fruit pruning, and raspberry and blackcurrant picking
July 5
10 pickers and 20kg of fruit picked, a record for one day, and first of this year's honey ready
July 2
Raspberries, tays and logans, and white currants to pick
June 27
Lots of summer raspberries, tay and logans coming soon, some red currants left
June 25
Raspberries in full fruit, and more redcurrants
June 21
More red currants to pick and the first summer raspberries
June 18
Red currant picking - we finally have a crop now there is a cage in place, and weeding around the other currants
June 15
Weeding for the tays and logans, red currants ripening, and surviving the odd blackbird in the cage !
June 11
Apple thinning, but smaller crop this year due to late frosts, and some raspberry weeding
June 7
Big storm yesterday but no real damage done, some apples back in flower !
June 1
Warm calm weather for more feed and past spraying
May 24
More spraying for stone fruit, and summer raspberry dead-caning
May 21
Nice sunny day, gooseberry mypex weeding and berry and currant spray feeding, sensory garden tidy up
May 18th
Trees relabelling finished, blueberry weed
May 17th    
Very wet ! but we need the rain
May 14th
Tree labelling, sensory garden tidy up, mulching for Tays and Logans, and rough grass cutting
May 7th
Tree mulching completed
May 6th
Photography Workshop, a good turnout for learning on techniques and composition
May 3rd
A bit of frost damage evident due to a cold snap this week, mostly to stone fruit
April 30th
More watering needed due to ongoing dry spell, Autumn Gold weeding continues
April 23rd
Blueberry tending and watering, and more tree re-labelling
April 19th
Mainly weeding of the Autumn Gold
April 12th
Temporary cage erected for red/white currants, tree feeding mulching and watering, grass mowing
April 9th
More tree and berry feeding
April 5th
Tidy up of the cherry trees, started on new tree labelling
April 2nd
Ongoing tree care and mowing, and some tree feeding/mulching
March 29th
Tree spraying and weeding, and soil sampling for the new raised blueberry beds
March 26th
Tree spraying
March 19th
Lots of buds breaking. More weeding done and grass cut finished.
March 16th
Not so nice today - damp and cool ! More tidying up and weeding, and start of the first grass cut of the year
March 15th
Beautiful spring day, sensory garden and tree weeding
March 12th
Weeding trees and around the mypex edges
March 11th
Mowers checked and serviced. Almost time to start...
March 8th
Various weeding and tidying jobs. Trees all budding up nicely.
February 19th
Single handed clearance of the autumn raspberry canes by the Major !
February 15th
Prickly gooseberry pruning, and spraying of the nectarines, peaches, cherries, apricots.
January 10th
Apple and pear tree pruning finished
January 21st
Cold crisp and starry for Wassail with a good crowd for this traditional celebration, including our first home grown cider
January 14th
A cold and damp morning, but 60 fruit trees pruned.
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December 7th
Grass pulling round the trees and along the soft root edges
December 4th
Grass pulling round the trees, and stake removal for the bigger ones
November 30th
Cold frosty morning to trim back and top out the windbreak trees. Apples still picking.
November 27th
Additional wire added to the top of some of the cane supports, and some support post repair work
November 20th
More blackcurrant pruning, and molehill flattening !
November 16th
Blackcurrant pruning, and lots more apples
November 13th
Tay and logan berries tied in, and more glue banding
November 9th
Blueberry project start - ground clearance, and the messy job job of glue banding the trees
November 2nd
More apple varieties coming into season
October 30th
Still some gold raspberries coming, and clearance work around the trees and sensory garden
October 26th
Nearly finished the raspberry pruning
October 23rd
A few more raspberries to pick and plenty of apples, and ongoing pruning of summer raspberries
October 20th
Last bit of grass cutting for the year ?
October 19th
Raspberries just about over. Summer raspberry pruning continues.
October 16th
A few more raspberries, lots of apples.
October 12th
Coming to the end of the raspberries, but the apples keep coming, and the cider apples have been picked for processing
October 9th
More fruit of all sorts to pick
October 5th
Lots of apples coming in.
October 2nd
Apple Day - weather turned out dry despite a dire forecast, a good crowd on hand for juicing and more
September 25th
Picking and maintenance to fedge and bees
September 21st
Read and yellow raspberries still going strong
September 18th
Lots of yellow raspberries
September 15th
Wet underfoot but lovely weather for more JoanJs and lots of Merton Worcesters
September 11th
Raspberry picking and more apples
September 7th
Full grass cut, quite a few raspberries to pick, especially Autumn Gold, and more apples.
September 4th
Some raspberries to pick, and lots of apples coming in.
August 31st
Tay/Logan pruning, more apples now picking, and a few raspberries.
August 28th
Raspberries and some eater and cooking apples. Summer raspberry pruning.
August 24th
Hot weather continues. Still some summer raspberries and early autumns.
August 21st
Early cooking apples picking, some raspberries to pick, and a tidy up of the sensory garden
August 14th
Full mow of the orchard, tree pruning, and more raspberries
August 12th
Pruning, picking, watering, weeding....another good team effort
August 7th
Full session of tree watering due to the weather, and more fruit to be had
July 31st
Prickly gooseberry picking
July 26th
More fruit picking, and apple thinning to improve the crop
July 24th
Picking: raspberries, loganberries, blackcurrants
July 13th
Picking, weeding, mowing, good work team today
July 10th
More picking, summer raspberries coming in properly
July 6th
First raspberries for us, and a complete raid of the redcurrant crop for the birds - netting on early next year !
July 3rd
Fruit thinning to avoid overloading the trees, logan and tayberry tie-in.
June 26th
Full grass cut and more raspberry weeding
June 23rd
Another compost load collected
June 22nd
Weather continues wet, ongoing plant care and weeding
June 19th
More bugs and fruit dropping, stakes/supports going up around the current bushes which are very lush and drooping onto the ground
June 15th
Nice morning for a bug hunt and more (aphids on some apples) and dropping the weak fruit
June 8th
Still very wet, but tree mulching and raspberry weeding continues
June 5th
Sunny day for more tree and raspberry weeding.
May 29th
Trees looking good, with a bit of wind and frost damage, and few disease spots. Summer raspberries suffering from thphytophthera  spread.
May 11th
Damp weather continues, but the blossom is full. Tree weeding.
May 8th
Tree spraying for those that are coming into flower, and more tree weed and feed
May 5th
Another load of compost collected from Pershore
May 4th
Plants at various stages of blossom and beyond, more general plant tending work
May 3rd
Full orchard grass cut
May 1st
Working part of six continue the weed and feed on the raspberries and trees
April 27th
Work on sensory garden, autumn raspberry weeding, and tree feed and weed
April 24th
Weed, feed and mulch of the fruit trees started
April 21st
Compost collection from Pershore
April 19th
Mow of the whole orchard
April 17th
Permalay tidy up for the gooseberries, more spaying of the fruit trees, and the weeding continues !
April 15th
Lovely spring morning, feeding for the Joan Js and more weeding
April 10th
Pears and apples sprayed, 4th row on Joan Js in work
April 6th
Three rows of Joan Js now weeded
April 3rd
More weeding
April 2nd
Mow of the the whole orchard, and bonfire of the recent pruning
March 23rd
Fan trained gooseberries pruned
March 20th
Serious weeding session on the Joan Js with 12 members joining
February 22nd
Nice afternoon for pruning the autumn raspberries (hedge trimmer) and a working group of 7 to pick up all the cuttings. First use of the trailer !
February 20th
Liz, Sue, Marcus and Sara pruned the 95 apple and pear trees
February 15th
More grass cutting in areas not done in January
January 26th
AGM in Tysoe Village Hall
January 16th
Our second Wassail
January 9th
Grass cutting ! A general tidy up in prep for Wassail. The grass just hasn't stopped growing this winter.
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December 9th
Work finished for this year.
December 6th
Weeding finished, but still got the mypex edges to tidy up.
December 2nd
Almost finished the tree weeding.
November 25th
Four more columns of trees weeded.
November 15th
Another very windy weekend day, nine columns of trees now weeded.
November 11th
Easy weeding around the trees due to nice open soil, and the last of the apples picked.
November 1st
Lovely afternoon for a mix of things; raspberry pruning, sensory garden tidy up, weeding around the trees, and hopefully the last grass cut of the year.
October 28th
Grease bands for the fruit trees.
October 25th
More pruning
October 21st
Apple picking and raspberry pruning
October 18th
Apple Day
October 14th
Summer raspberry pruning, and tie in the new shoots
October 11th
Some late raspberries to be had
October 1st
Still picking - another 6kg
September 23rd
More picking, and a start on pruning the summer raspberries
September 20th
Still picking JoanJ and Autumn Gold raspberries, now reached 338kg for the season
September 15th
A visit from Brailes School Eco Club, luckily when it wasn't raining !
September 13th
Some raspberries still picking
September 10th
11kg apples picked
September 9th
A few raspberries for picking, and also the first apples
September 6th
Orchard Open Day, well supported as ever and blessed with beautiful weather
August 27th
More raspberries, but crop is a bit down on last year (546 vs 620 punnets last year by this time)
August 23rd
Hot and sunny afternoon picking JoanJ, All Gold, and some remaining summer raspberries
August 19th
7 pickers, and a donated cherry tree planted
August 16th
Picking and pruning
August 12th
20 pickers today in two shifts, and other maintenance tasks including including CD bird scarers
August 9th
11 pickers today, and lots of autumn raspberries coming in
August 5th
8 pickers and 27Kg of fruit picked
August 2nd
Loads more fruit picked - 13 members hard at work
July 30th
Another 34kg picked and distributed
July 22nd
Tree maintenance and fruit picking. Loads of berries and currants.
July 19th
More picking, and a haircut for the sensory garden
July 15th
Fruit really coming in now, and a good team of pickers. 34kg today.
July 13th
40 children from Tysoe School for a learning and fun visit
July 12th
Some dry fruit to pick, but still a bit limited
July 8th
Some path clearing and raspberry picking, but rain intervened again
July 5th
A bit of picking and plant tlc, but then it rained
July 3rd
A big turn out for a watering session, and of course rain is now due !
July 1st
A very hot day, four columns of trees watered
June 28th
Tidying up wind damage, lots of aphids to squish, red currants picking
June 22nd
Tidying and pest control.
June 17th
All weeding done for now, and ongoing pest control - spraying and squishing !
June 14th
Nearly finished pulling the long weeds and edging grass. Bee hives relocated nearer the tree hedge.
June 10th
A large working group today continued with the various maintenance tasks: weeding, pruning and tidying.
June 7th
Hand pulling long grass from around the trees, P&D inspection - there's a few things to address, and there is a ground nesting bird at the base of one of the nectarines
May 27th
Tree weeding, and some angry bees !
May 22nd
The spring grass and dandelion rush seems to be over, can probably drop to fortnightly cutting now.
May 20th
Summer raspberry spray.
May 17th
Lots of work from the bee team setting up new hives, and a push to finish the last of the raspberry weeding.
May 6th  
Very windy day, working on the last of the raspberry weeding.
May 3rd
A large group of helpers with lots done, grass cutting and weeding.
April 29th
Feeding and weeding continues with a small band of regular helpers. Lots of tree blossom.
April 19th
More gooseberry training, and a start on getting the bee colonies re-established.
April 12th
Another windy day, more trees in flower and no disease of note.
April 8th
The weather is warmer and a few trees are in blossom, painful work on gooseberry training, and more weeding.
April 5th
Comfrey feed for the berries and currants.
April 1st
Good progress on the raspberry rows.
March 25th
Raspberry weeding.
March 24th
Tysoe school visit.
March 22nd
Tree feeding and raspberry weeding
March 6th
First grass cut of the year, weather dry and breezy so easy going. The battle with the dandelions begins !
March 3rd
Autumn raspberry cutting complete
February 28th
Test of 'pruning' autumn raspberries with a hedge trimmer. Seems to work ok, and much faster.
February 17th
More spraying and pruning
February 15th
6 cherry trees planted, spraying the stone fruit, start on autumn raspberry pruning
February 12th
Winter prune for fruit trees
January 17th
Our first Wassail ! We were blessed with a dry evening and a large crowd turned out for our Wassail, with support from the Kineton Scouts.
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December 12th
Sunny day, cold at first. Dig out a section of diseased raspberries, and various tidy up jobs around the site incl comfrey beds and wild flower areas 
November 22nd    
Fedge building to protect the stone fruit.
October 26th
Tree weeding completed.
October 15th  
Sticky band defences on the trees completed.
October 12th
Apple Day. Blessed again with dry weather, despite storms all around. Many gallons of juice pressed.
October 8th
Fruit pretty much over now, so time for some tree weeding to keep the long grass and weeds down.
October 5th
Still some fruit to pick, but it is rather wet and soft. Good for jams and pies though !
October 2nd
Visit by Tysoe School .
October 1st
First session after some very wet weather. P&D control: glue bands on the trees and bordeaux spray.
September 17th
Fruit picking and tree pruning.
September 14th
Open Day. Well supported as usual, with a couple of new members recruited. Two Christmas trees planted for Tysoe to grow on for future use.
September 12th
A quick picking session.
September 7th
A new record for total amount of fruit picked.
September 3rd
46 punnets today, the JoanJs just keep coming. Tree pruning for the damsons and gages.
August 31st
49 large punnets of fruit picked today. Must be a record !
August 27th
310Kg of fruit picked so far this year.
August 24th
Eleven workers today, picking and pruning.
August 22nd
The first friday picking session. Worked well.
August 20th
Lots more picking, with the Autumn Golds now coming in too.
August 17th
Fruit picking and pruning.
August 16th
Tysoe Flower Show - a stall to promote ourselves and attract members. A useful day.
August 13th
30 punnets of autumn raspberries picked, and pruning the summer raspberries. A small number of apples coming on.
August 10th
Too wet after the remnants of Bertha for any picking, so weeding and pruning...until it rained again.
August 6th
Small group today for picking.
August 3rd
Twelve people at work today in the orchard. Some picking and lots of other maintenance.
July 30th
Five people today for a bit of fruit picking, and some weeding.
July 27th
Summer raspberries ending, autumn ones just coming in.
July 18th
Grass cut over most of the field. Growth has slowed but it still needs mowing every two weeks or so. Blackcurrants ready.
July 16th
Trial planting of a willow fedge to shield the nectarines. And the raspberries keep coming.
July 10th
Wellies and watering. A fun afternoon for the kids.
July 9th
Lots more raspberries, and some tidying work for the growing canes.
July 6th
Poppies in full bloom and lots of fruit to pick.
July 2nd
The raspberries are really coming in now. Open picking for members as well as the usual working sessions. 54Kg already picked.
June 25th
First pick of the year, a few weeks earlier than expected.
June 22nd
Work opn the strawberry bed, first raspberries nearly ready.
June 14th
The next Pest & Disease session with John Edgeley.
June 11th
More general maintenance and bug hunting
June 8th
Lots on today, re-writing the tree name posts, weeding the trees and sensory garden, strimming and cutting the edges, and a scythe attack on weeds growing on the old green compost heap.
June 4th
A bug hunt on the gooseberries.
June 1st
A nice hot June day, all of the orchard grass mowed, more grass and weed pulling, and a bit of tlc for the bees - who are thriving.
May 28th
A grey ad wet day, poppy bed weeded.
Nay 25th
More tidying up - mostly pulling weeds/grass around the currants and berries
May 21st
General maintenance and tidy up work today.
May 18th
A good work team today, and they almost completed the first round of overall site maintenance.
May 14th
A sunny summer's day....All Gold raspberries weeded and the other autumn raspberries fed. The first honey crop has been gathered and jarred up for distribution. It's gorgeous !
May 11th
Last raspberry row re-weeded and the supports for the autumn raspberries completed.
May 7th
Checkup on all the bees, and some raspberry feeding
May 4th
All over grass/dandelion cut again (despite a mower hickup), and the end of JoanJ weeding (?)
April 30th
The main gate sign is up ! Rapsberries have been fed and the new hive residents have stayed put
April 27th
An allover cut of the the dandelions, but they'll soon be back
April 23rd
Only one more row of autumn raspberries to go ! And the dandelions are coming up in numbers
April 20th
Weeding continues
April 16th
More raspberry weeding....and the sensory garden
April 9th
A bright and breezy day, raspberry weeding
April 6th
An afternoon of general maintenance work
April 5th
The next Pest & Disease session with John E, classroom then practical
April 2nd
Food and water for the nut trees, mulch for all of the trees
March 30th
Food and water for all of the fruit trees
March 26th
Only two at work today, weeding around the trees
March 23rd
Mixed bunch of workers today, including mowing, bees, trial build of supports for the autumn raspberries  and of course some weeding and clearing
March 21st
Scythe course with Clive Leeke.
March 19th
Ongoing tree weeding
March 16th
Weeding continues on a warm and sunny day
March 14th
New shed installed for the various needs of the bee team
March 12th
First blossom of the the spring, on a Goldcot apricot. Various jobs today including more permealay for berry bushes, poppy planting, and weeding of raspberries and the sensory garden
March 9th
A short session ahead of some rugby game
March 8th
Pruning masterclass with John Edgeley. A cold grey start but the sun came out and all the berry bushes were made ready for the season ahead.
March 5th
More weeding....
March 1st
Permealay trial on one row of bushes
February 26th
Feeding for the berries before permealay, two tayberry suckers transplanted
February 23rd
Tayberry and raspberry weeding
February 22nd
Garlic spray for the raspberries and more weeding
February 19th
The weather is finally opening up, and ground conditions make for easy weeding
February 16th
Bordeaux mix spray, mower check out and a cut around the berries, and some more edging and weeding. Oh, and more bee-whispering...
February 9th
2 replacement tress planted, and bee-whispering....
February 5th
Wet and windy
February 2nd
Edging work starts, and the last of the autumn raspberries pruned
January 29th
A start on edging the raspberry rows, but mostly untangling rope....
January 22nd
Nearly finished pruning the autumn raspberries
January 19th
A sunny day for some winter maintenance and pruning
January 18th
The next John Edgeley P&D session, with a focus on nutrition, and then a hunt around the orchard for problem areas needing attention
January 12th
Another damp day, but the the sensory garden got a prune and mulch
January 8th
Shed tidy up to accommodate the fruit crates
  2014 
  
  No more work sessions this year due to ongoing wet and windy weather. Nice for the plants but not so nice for the workers !
December 8th
The new mower has arrived, just in time for a final all over cut before the grass gets a bit long for spring moving. More weeding, and some thinking on a plan for a support frame for autumn raspberries.
December 4th
Liz on her own today doing some more weeding.
December 1st
6 people at the orchard for various maintenance tasks: replacement raspberries to be planted, clearing the wild flower area, and a bit more work on the cherry frame.
November 27th
A nice warm morning for some weeding...
November 24th
Mulberry tree and honeysuckle planted, sensory garden tidy up, and the frame parts for cherry tree protection were collected from nr Evesham.
November 23rd
It's always cold for pruning ! But we got all the apple and pear trees done.
November 13th
A frosty morning. A little of bit of fruit still picking, then weeding around the trees. Glue has been applied to all the bug bands.
November 10th
Working party of seven to wrap two bands of tape on all the apple trees ready for glue application. Then a few other bits of site maintenance.
November 6th
Removed the tree guards from the year 1 trees in preparation for applying glue bands to stop the critters
November 3rd
Sunny and cool for more pruning and tidying
October 30th
More raspberry pruning and clipping. Small amount of fruit to pick, and we have had more than 860lbs of fruit over the summer !
October 23rd
Damp start which improved nicely for some raspberry pruing and tieing in with the new clips which are a great success
October 19th
Our 4th Apple Day, and again the weather was kind and we had lots of visitors and a number of new members joined.
October 17th
Another visit from the Brailes school environment club
October 16th
Too wet for picking again, but path clearance work to be done.
October 9th
Warm and windy, 30lbs of fruit picked and some pest control actions
October 6th
A lovely warm day, picking and grass cutting
October 2nd
Too damp for picking, so the summer raspberries were pruned and the gooseberries weeded
September 30th
The warm weather continues and so does the fruit - 17kg picked today
September 25th
Warm and sunny weather for fruit picking and prep of the next wild flower area
September 22nd
Seven fruit pickers, and some work for the bee team
September 18th
Two fruit picking sessions today despite the damp and lots of other maintenance
September 11th
Primary task today was planting 150 wild flower plugs in the next prepared area, but time for some picking too.
September 8th
A nip in the air this morning, a bit of fruit picking bit lots of other work too, including watering the trees and tidying up the tree guards
September 4th
A fine late summer evening, and another 26 punnets of fruit
September 2nd
A Monday picking session, even more raspberries !
September 1st
Open Day and Sensory Garden opening. A very successful day, with great support from the local community
August 28th
A bit of fruit picking, and then other tasks including foliar feed spray, weeding and a bug hunt
August 26th
More raspberries to be picked - this year's total fruit now at nearly 500lbs (7 times last year's crop)
August 25th
Damp this morning so a little picking and general weed and grass maintenance
August 21st
11 fruit pickers this evening, and Mike fitted some wasp protection for the bee hives (bluetack !)
August 18th
A small group for some afternoon fruit picking
August 14th
A little cooler today and summer raspberries nearly over, but fruit picking continues, and some tree maintenance and pruning
August 11th
Lots of fruit picking, plus a tidy up of the young peaches and nectarines
August 7th
Summer and autumn raspberries now picking
August 6th
9 members today for picking, including red gooseberries and worcesterberries
August 4th
Rain stops picking, so other maintenance and tidy up work
August 1st
Delayed from yesterday, 8 people and an amazing 66lbs of fruit, autumn raspberries just coming in
July 31st
Too wet for any picking today !
July 28th
7 members for a morning picking session in perfect weather, over 40lbs of fruit
July 24th
Two picking session today, both yielding more than 30lbs of fruit, and some tree maintenance
July 21st
Another hot sunny day, lots of pest & disease tasks after John Edgeley's session yesterday, and 40lbs of fruit picked
July 17th
A very hot day, some watering and digging, and 19lbs of raspberries picked
July 14th
Watering for the cherries and gooseberries, weeding the wild strawberry hump, and red and white currant picking
July 7th
It's getting hotter, and watering has started
July 4th
"Wellies and Watering" - lots of help from our younger members, with the reward of drinks and snacks...and in the evening two bee colonies arrived
July 3rd
Working session at the orchard with lots of weeding/mulching/digging, followed by an evening presentation to the local WI
July 1st
An impromptu Monday evening session to get the long hosepipe out of the shed and installed down the edge of the field, along with a few other bits of maintenance and tidy up
June 30th
A warm sunny morning: prep the hive area, more planting in the sensory garden, mulching and pest control
June 26th
Tree weeding nearly finished, and some pest control
June 23rd
Tree weeding and mulching and a pest inspection - there's a few critters to sort out
June 19th
The WooWoo field toilet is in....and the usual weeding and mulching
June 16th
More planting of the sensory garden, weeding around the trees, and grass cutting
June 15th
First Pests & Diseases session with John Edgeley and eight students for theory and practice
June 12th
Wet....a bit of planting in the sensory garden
June 9th
More tree weeding, and a large party from the Kineton Scouts to start planting the sensory garden
June 5th
Finish tying in raspberries, gooseberry sawfly squishing and two more rows of trees weeded
June 2nd
Sensory garden mypex laid and gravel path put down, grass cutting and other general maintenance, and more sheep entry holes blocked off
June 1st
Prep work for the sensory garden, and other bits of maintenance and grass cutting
May 30th
A damp evening for tieing in raspberries and evicting sheep !
May 26th
Nice warm sunny weather: grass cutting, tree weeding, and planting up the wild strawberry bed
May 23rd
Six people today, more tree weeding and a clear out of the wild flower area
May 19th
A warm calm sunny morning for a start on the weeding of 200+ tree planting holes
May 18th
A full grass cut (not that the dandelions noticed !) and four new benches installed
May 16th
The first evening session of the year, and it rained just up until 7pm but then stopped so work was possible. Completed weed/feed/mulch on the canes and berries, and started digging the Sensory Garden area.
May 12th
Solo effort by Liz today, weeding and mulching and a tidy up of the yellow raspberries
May 8th
Lots of growth now showing, and the maintenance continues. Today weeding and mulching.
May 5th
Weeding and more weeding....
May 1st
Is spring finally here for real ? A great work party of nine: strimming, weeding, feeding, mulching
April 28th
More weeding in the morning, and a delivery of green compost from the local recycling facility
April 27th
Visit from Transition Shipston to learn from our experiences over the last 3 years. Very impressed by what has been achieved.
April 24th
 A work party of six today, finishing the mowing from Sunday, experimenting with the newly acquired strimmer, and continuing with the first round of weeding.
April 21st
Only three today, continuing the weeding feeding and mulching.
April 20th
First working session for the mowing team. A 'squadron' of four mowers making quick work of things.
April 17th
Another windy day. More groundwork on the autumn raspberries. With warmer weather finally here the orchard is about to burst into life.
April 14th
A very blowy Sunday morning, but sunny and warm. A team of three made good progress on weeding and feeding the raspberries and gooseberries.
April 10th
A larger work party today to finish the first round of weeding and do more general maintenance
April 7th
Spring almost here ! 5 people with more weeding done, and a bit of grass cutting
April 3rd
6 people today for a weeding session
March 31st
A small group for some Easter Day site maintenance
March 27th
The weather continues cold and snowy, with no real ability to do any groundwork.
March 17th
No work today due to rain/sleet/snow/etc....
March 13th
A bit warmer today, so rather more pleasant for the ongoing weeding and tidying duties
March 10th
Another cold day. Wineberry staked, raspberries weeded. Lots of worms !
March 6th
A team of seven to plant the 45 windbreak trees along the south and west edges.
February 28th
First grass cut - around the canes and bushes and some of the open areas. It's been dry for 2 weeks so easy going.
February 27th
A small and hardy team training gooseberries in the freezing cold
February 20th
Another John Edgeley masterclass, this time on cane and bush pruning
February 13th
Two rows of autumn raspberries pruned
February 9th
A cold day (but not as cold as last year !) with a good turnout to prune last year's trees and this year's new plantings, led as usual by the expertise of John Edgeley
January 5th
Work party to erect rain protection 'tents' over the new peaches and nectarines to keep early rainfall off the developing leaves
  
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December 8th
A glorious winter day; clear, calm and almost warm. 96 trees planted by an enthusiastic work party guided by John Edgeley.
November 25th
The last regular working session of the year, and too wet after the week of rain we have had to do anything useful other than collect the last bits of ripe fruit.
What a great harvest for the first year - over 160Kg ! And quantity was only exceeded by the quality.
November 18th
A clear and cold afternoon and a work party of 10 who got through: dig the last tree holes, weeding, fruit picking, check the bees and varnish the tree label stakes.
November 17th
A trial fix to the shed guttering to try to get the rain to run off the slab when the butts are full and overflowing
November 16th
Final (?) grass cut of the year
November 14th
Lots of holes for trees dug (job almost now finished !) and more tree stake labelling
November 11th
A lovely sunny afternoon for hole digging and a little bit of fruit still to be had
November 7th
 Still a bit of fruit worth picking, and a start on the the next task of handwriting names onto the tree stakes for this autumn's planting
October 31st
A change in the weather but still the raspberries are cropping. 20 tree holes dug, and gooseberries tied in for training
October 26th
The tree planting area has been tractor moled to break up the subsoil and ease the hole digging
October 24th
6kg of fruit picked, and the planned  wild strawberry bed  prepared
October 20th
Our 3rd Apple Day and the first to be held at the orchard. A huge success, with a large number of visitors and glorious weather.
October 17th
A bit of picking and start prep work on the wild strawberry bed
October 15th
Hosting the Brailes School Environment Club
October 14th
Attended the Kineton Apple Pressing Day to promote the orchard
October 10th
Another 9kg raspberries, and more weeding, pruning and tieing
October 7th
A team of six to pick another 10kg of fruit
October 5th
First outing for the orchard's sit-on mower, kindly donated by Mike and Sue. The whole tree area has had a final cut and is now ready to prep for this winter's planting.
October 3rd
Another 10kg picked today
September 30th
10kg picked over this weekend, some bee-tending, and more weeding and tie-ing in
September 26th
7kg of fruit picked, all of which was donated to the Kineton care homes as part of agreed community support
September 23rd
The forecast rain arrived early, but even so plenty more fruit picked, another 5.5kg, more raspberry tie-ing in, and some bee maintenance
September 22nd
A little bit of fruit picking today to take to a meeting with Kineton Scouts, and some grass cutting
September 19th
Over 5kg of fruit picked today, along with some weeding an more tie-ing in
September 16th
A two man mower team in the morning, and then fruit picking in the afternoon - the fruit just keeps on coming
September 15th
Wild flower areas cleared and rotavated, and the tree lines for this year's planting were marked out with close mowing
September 12th
Another 5.5kg a raspberries (now close to 50kg picked this year), and a bit of weeding and tie-ing in
September 9th
6kg raspberries picked, and one hive dismantled as the bees hadn't settled, but the other hive is, well, a hive of activity !
September 5th
Another busy working morning. 5kg fruit picked, weeding and tie-ing in loganberries and tayberries
September 2nd
Open afternoon at the Orchard, with cream teas, cakes and fruit to taste. Well supported and some new members signed up. The orchard looked a treat.
August 27th
Typical Bank Holiday weather ! but picking and pruning done
August 22nd
A pruning masterclass with John Edgeley
August 19th
Lovely hot day, summer fruit coming to and end but lots of autumn rasps coming, mowing and weeding continue....
August 18th
We have a stand at Tysoe flower show, with fruit to try.
August 15th
Fruit picking, weeding, post bashing and three compost bays built - a very productive session despite grubby weather
August 12th
More picking and a trial of a sit-on mower (which makes life a lot easier !)
August 8th
8kg raspberries and lots of weeding
August 1st
Lots more fruit, fence post bashing and grass cutting
July 29th
2kg raspberries picked after the rain
July 25th
More raspberries and weeding
July 22nd
3kg of fruit picked today, a mix of raspberries, currants and gooseberries
July 18th
Another bee hive installed and populated with a swarm, and some more fruit picking
July 1st
First harvest of the year ! Paul Mike and Liz found a few ripened raspberries ready for tasting. Lovely.
Also grass cutting with help from David Sewell, Peter Randerson made sure the bee colony are happy in their new home, and more weeding and tidying....
June various
Regular work parties on Wednesdays and Saturdays for weeding and other maintenance, grass cutting, etc
June 9/10th
Another working weekend of grass cutting (the whole field has been given a haircut), weeding and mulching, plus tying in of the raspberries which had a bit of battering in last week's wind
May 20th/23rd
Bee hive building - three hives completed and available for residents....
May 12th
Grass cut over the entire field - a combination of tractor/topper and lawnmower. Continued work by Alan weeding/mulching the trees. Water butts over half full after just one week.
May 6th
6 water butts installed at the NE end of the shed. Lots of rain due tomorrow !
April 29th
Working party cancelled due to gales and torrential rain. Just what the plants need (sadly, the weeds love it too !)
April 14th
Grass cut around the bushes and canes
April 11th
15 children and 16 adults for a watering and wellies session, supplemented with sandwiches, cakes and drinks.
March 31st
Build shelving in the shed from donated worktops, and more feed & weed
March 24/25th
Grass cut around the bushes, canes and trees, prune feed and weed some of the raspberries, build two benches
March 10/11th
Grass cut over the entire field. It's about a 5 man-hour task.
February 26th
First grass cut of the year ! Area around canes and bushes done, but the whole plot needs it
February 25th
Working party to sort out annual weeds and couch grass growth in the bushes and canes
February 4th
A bitterly cold day for pruning the new trees and some of the bushes & canes, followed by a warmer afternoon indoors grafting with some of the cuttings
January 14th
Final planting for this season completed: 300 summer raspberries and 20 gooseberries
January 5th
Workshop delivered and assembled
  
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December 10th
Final work day of this year: tree guards fitted and loganberies and tayberries planted
December 3/4
Most of the year 1 trees planted and two rows of yellow raspberries (and a final grass cut)
November 21/22
Shed base built
November 5th
Working party to complete tree holes. Ground still very dry below the topsoil.
October 22nd
Working party to dig tree holes. 40 holes dug - much easier work after the sub-soiling.
October 17th
Tractor powered sub-soiling of the tree planting area
October 15th
Apple Day at Oxhill village hall
October 13th
Water pipe connected to the mains
October 8th
30 planting holes dug for additional berry and bush planting, wire supports completed for the existing rows of posts.
September 30th
Working and training day with our consultant John Edgeley. The focus was on erecting posts & wires for cane and bush support, autumn pruning, and preparation for tree planting. A very useful day, and much work done.
September 27/8th
Fence and gates erected, water pipe from field installed ready for Severn Trent connection, second year apple tree rows marked out in preparation for tractor work.
September 24th
Working afternoon: great digging effort - all the cane rows are now dug, rotavated and ready for planting.
September 18th
Working afternoon: two more rows dug (aided by the Sanderson's rotavator), more turf lifting and weeding. Also cut the grass over part of the tree planting area. Real progress but still a lot to do to get ready for planting.
September 17th
Working afternoon: one long row dug (hard work due to soil dryness and compaction), more turf lifted, weeding and tidying up
September 16th
Prepare for work weekend: cut grass in cane area and turf lift two rows
September 2nd
Tree planting lines mown to show planting layout and check clearances
August 20th
Tysoe flower show: we have a stall to advertise/recruit/inform
August 19th
Additional cane rows and first year tree planting pegged out on site
August 6th
Work day: site measurement, shed planning, finish field edge clearance, watering & mulching.
July 30/31st
Working weekend: field edge clearance, weeding, watering, mulching.
July 7th
Liz Atkinson talks at Shenington School jobs week. Very well received.
June 28th
First AGM at Oxhill Village Hall
May/June
Watering and mowing....
April 25/28th
Work parties to water the new plants (at the end of the warmest April on record, coupled with 10% of normal rainfall)
April 14th
Articles in the Stratford Herald (see attachment below) and Banbury Guardian
April 10th
End of first stage planting
April 6th
First stage planting almost complete, project officially opened and launched...
April 3rd
More digging and planting: summer and autumn raspberries
April 2nd
First planting day: berries and currants
April 1st
WOT2Grow obtain the lease for the orchard land and start site preparation
  
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WOT2Grow Admin,
11 May 2011, 13:19