Volunteering Opportunities – Pear Picking this Saturday 3rd October

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Dear all

We have nearly come to the end of our apple picking for this season, however we still have a lot of pears to pick! We are picking once again at Northfields allotments this Saturday 3rd October at 10.30am. If you are interested in coming along please arrive by 10.30am sharp at the entrance gates by the bus stop on Northfields Avenue. We will supply all the equipment just come suitably dressed for picking on a muddy allotment! If you are unfamiliar with Northfields Allotments they are run by ‘Pathways’ so this is the signage you will see and they are surrounded by green metal fencing along part of Mattock Lane at the Lido Junction end and down Northfields Avenue.

The pear trees are easy to get to so will suit small children as the allotment is also secure. Some lifting is involved, and of course the picking of pears from the tree!

Hope to see you there.

Diane
WEN Abundance

Any queries please email wenabundance@gmail.com

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Volunteering Weekend Saturday 19th/Sunday 20th September

Pauly picking apples! And only 3 1/2 too!
Pauly picking apples! And only 3 1/2 too!

Hi all

We have some early apples to pick from our trees at Northfields allotments, so if you have any free time over this weekend why not drop me a line and let me know your availability. It doesn’t matter if you only have an hour, there’s still a lot of picking that can be done in this amount of time! Email Diane at wenabundance@gmail.com

Volunteering day at our Orchard in Walmer Gardens – Saturday 26th September

Due toHyacinthoides_non-scripta_(Common_Bluebell) the success of our clear up days we are holding another one on Saturday 26th September from 10am – 12pm.  This time we are going to be planting some spring bulbs to help attract the bees (Ealing Transition have their beehives at the back of the Orchard)

Walmer Gardens Map (head for the entrance to April Cottage, it looks like you are walking up the drive and then turn left.  The Orchard is enclosed in fencing)

If you are free then come along to Walmer Gardens with your garden gloves, secateurs and/or loppers. Clearing is quite hard work and only suitable for children over the age of 12. Please contact Diane Gill on wenabundance@gmail.com or 07736857700 for further information, otherwise we will see you there on the day!
If you can’t help with clearing, but have a car and would be willing to take garden rubbish to the dump please contact me or turn up at the Orchard on the day.

We are also looking for more expert volunteers, so if you know a bit about apples/pears and could help with picks in the next couple of weeks please email me.

Many thanks and hope to see you on the day!

Diane

WEN Abundance

Have you got a couple of hours spare this Saturday 22nd August to help with our Orchard in West Ealing?

Walmer Gardens Orchard Clear Up Day – 10am – 12pm – follow the path up to April Cottage when in Walmer Gardens W13 9TS

Walmer Gardens Map

Dear Neighbours

We haveIMG_3493 now had two successful  clear up days in the Orchard at Walmer Gardens, West Ealing, but there is still more work to be done! We are  still cutting the brambles, nettles, Ivy etc. and would love some more help to do this . If you are free then come along to Walmer Gardens with your garden gloves, secateurs and/or loppers. Clearing is quite hard work and only suitable for children over the age of 12. Please contact Diane Gill on wenabundance@gmail.com or 07736857700 for further information, otherwise we will see you there on the day!
If you can’t help with clearing, but have a car and would be willing to take garden rubbish to the dump please contact me or turn up at the Orchard on the day.

We are also looking for more expert volunteers, so if you know a bit about apples/pears and could help with picks later in the year please email me on the address above.

Many thanks and hope to see you there where Elizabeth and David will greet you.

A Successful Orchard Clear Up Day!

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The WEN Abundance team enlisted the help of neighbours living around Walmer Gardens for the first of our monthly clear up days in the council owned Orchard  we look after.  We cut down nettles, Ivy, elder and grass over a couple of hours and took a lot of rubbish to the dump too!  With a handful of people it is amazing what can be achieved.  There’s more to do over the summer months so if you fancy getting a bit of exercise in a beautiful location, whilst doing some good then contact Diane Gill on wenabundance@gmail.com to get involved in these clear ups.

The following dates are planned all from 10am – 12pm: Saturday 18th July Saturday 22nd August Saturday 26th September.

What are Abundance London up to?- find out here….

Abundance London are WEN Abundance nearest neighbours in Chiswick.  Here is a little of what they are up to…

Grafting workshop, Ravenscourt Park Glasshouses, Saturday 24th March
Last few places left on our grafting workshop in Hammersmith this weekend. Learn how to create your own fruit tree – and take home your own work, a special apple or pear variety perhaps? A fun and productive 45-minute session. £15 for the lesson and the tree. Check out our website for more details, http://www.abundancelondon.com or email abundancebookings@gmail.com.

 

Edible High Road, Chiswick @ Chelsea Fringe
The Edible High Road will take place later this year to celebrate the Chelsea Fringe, a new London-wide festival to coincide with the Chelsea Flower Show.  Abundance London will be creating a river of fruit trees along Chiswick High Road, Devonshire Road and Turnham Green Terrace for the three-week duration of the Fringe (19 May – 10 June). The trees will later be planted out permanently around Chiswick – in schools, streets and orchards.

We need another five trees to get to our target 50, so if you are a business along any of those roads and haven’t yet signed up to sponsor a tree (or are still thinking about it and haven’t yet got back to us), please do so:  info@abundancelondon.com

 

Help us prepare the trees on Saturday 31st March.

We will be potting up the last trees – hopefully at least 20 of them – in Brentford from 11.30am. Please let us know if you can come and help, and we will send instructions how to find Cultivate London’s premises.


			

Abundance produce for sale – Hanwell Carnival 18th June 2011

A date for your diary – 18th June 2011

After a lovely day at Hanwell Carnival last year, WEN will have an Abundance stall again this year. The Carnival takes place on Saturday 18th June, and with this year’s craft fair expanding there will be lots of lovely things to choose from.

So why not join us on the day? Enjoy the carnival and have a look at what WEN Abundance do, what we produce and talk to us about what grows near to you.

http://www.hanwellcarnival.co.uk/

 

Abundance London Events

create your own tree!
create your own tree grafting workshop on 3rd April
My Abundance London colleagues will be busy over the next couple of months. Here is a copy of their Newsletter….

News from Abundance London, March 2011

Lots of exciting events happening in Chiswick and Hammersmith as spring arrives at last. Learn how to create your own perfect fruit tree in the friendly greenhouse in Ravenscourt Park – learn a new skill and come home with a fabulous customised tree.

Create your own tree, 3rd April
Learn how to graft your own bespoke fruit tree

Learn how to graft your own fruit tree, and take home a new tree, personalised by you. A perfect gift for yourself or for mother’s day?
Sessions must be booked in advance and cost £12, which includes everything, including the new tree. Bring some twigs from your favourite tree if you would like to make one of them… See attached poster for more details, or check out http://www.abundancelondon.com
Venue: Ravenscourt Greenhouses, Hammersmith. Booking required. info@abundancelondon.com

Pruning course, 10th April
There will be a free pruning workshop on Dukes Meadows (by the river, behind the Farmers Market), focussing on stone fruit (plum, cherry, etc). Booking required: admin@dukesmeadowstrust.org

Seedswap 20th March
Bring your surplus seeds along to Chiswick House Kitchen Garden. Contact http://www.chgt.org for more information.

Grow your own
Lots of courses for beginners at the Ravenscourt Greenhouses, run by Hammersmith Community Gardens Association. Check out the website for details on http://hcga.org.uk/content/events/events.html

Succulent collection
Well, you can’t eat them, so strictly speaking we shouldn’t include them – but this is a special behind-the-scenes look at the succulents collection at Kew on 23rd June. Contact steveoram@btinternet.com

West Ealing Family Day Saturday 23rd October 9am – 4pm

West Ealing Neighbours, local businesses and traders and the Council have joined together to put on the first ever West Ealing Family Day. Across the centre of West Ealing in Leeland Road, Melbourne Avenue and St James Avenue we will be putting on a series of events and activities for all the family. The three streets will be differently themed:

Leeland Road will have a specially extended farmers’ market with apples as a theme (it’s Apple Day on October 21st). There will be an exhibition of over 100 rare and different varieties of apple, cider tasting, apple and spoon racing and an apple juicing demonstration

Melbourne Avenue will be for food and entertainment with a stage set up for a variety of local music and dance events as well as children’s entertainment and food stalls

St James Avenue is all about what people local people are producing, whether its crafts or artworks, and will play host to the first ever street craft market in West Ealing. We will be busy making apple and pear juice all pressed from locally picked fruit and St James Church will house an art exhibition by the Brent Lodge Park Arts Collective – a collective of artists with and without learning difficulties. The Church will also open its cafe where you can put your feet up and try locally made cakes and sandwiches. There’s also kids activities in the Church including a kidzone play area, face painting and singing!

Please do come along and support us and help make this first ever Family Day a success… and, if it’s a success, maybe we can gain enough support to make it an annual event.