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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-3.5c and we were still up for pruning our West Ealing Orchard

Oh yes we at WEN Abundance and Ealing Transition are a hardy lot!  We braved the freezing cold on Saturday 4th February to be part of a pruning workshop at our lovely little Orchard at Walmer Gardens. The London Orchard Project are doing a fantastic job helping us and brought in an expert to guide us through the day.

With some dedicated volunteers and support – including Jon Skoyles, Ealing Park Ranger, this Orchard has undergone a complete transformation. It will take a couple more years of pruning, planting and caring for the place but we know it will be worth bringing this place back to life.

Next up is the beehive Ealing Transition will be setting up around April – I’ll let you know exact dates when confirmed should anyone be interested in coming along.

Here are some pictures of the day.

Walmer Gardens Orchard – Update

We have our first volunteering event of 2012 and wow what a lot of volunteers!  A great start to the year; I hope this continues. We have taken on this small rather run down Orchard that needs a good tidy up before we start pruning. A team of us will be there this Saturday 14th January to do this job, ably helped by The London Orchard Project who will be providing expert help and advice on the day. One of the Ealing Park Rangers will also be there to help out and support us too.  We will then be holding a pruning workshop there on the 4th February to learn basic pruning techniques and then prune the 8 trees.

I’ll post some pictures up of the day so you can have a look at the Orchard and the lovely team of volunteers too!

The London Orchard Project – Volunteers sought 11th January 2012

    Putting together tree packs

The London Orchard Project are looking for a couple of people to help  put together tree packs following their Apple Day tree planting workshops. They will be assembling the packs at the beautiful Camley Street Natural Park near Kings Cross, and you can grill Lewis and David on any fruit-tree related questions while you work.  The resulting packs will be collected for planting by over 50 people who attended the workshops back in October, resulting in a greener, more fruitful London.

Where: Camley Street Natural Park, 12 Camley St, London N1C 4PW
When: Wed 11th Jan, 10.30am-4pm

To help out or for further details contact david@thelondonorchardproject.org

Would you like to come blackberry picking on Sunday 7th August?

Hi all volunteers

There are plenty of early blackberries about it seems and it looks as though we should be able to have an inaugural pick on Sunday August 7 at 7pm. We’ll meet at Mayfield School, High Lane, Hanwell, W7 3RT and set off about 7.15.

We will almost certainly pick again – but we’ll decide on the exact date after this Sunday. We’ll bring some tupperware to collect the blackberry donations for WEN, but bring your own, too, so you can take some home.

Let’s hope the weather stays fine!

Gill/Diane

St James Craft Fair

On a very chilly day many people turned up to the West Ealing Neighbours Craft Fair at St James Church. This was the first time that WEN has organised this event and under the experienced guidance of Martyn Clarke from St James everything went very smoothly. Thanks to all those volunteers from the Church, WEN and WEN Abundance for helping with the unseen but nevertheless essential kitchen duties! And especially to those on welcome at the entrance to the Church, feeling the full force of the cold weather.

Our Abundance stall had a steady stream of customers who very much enjoyed our signature products such as WEN chilli chutney as well as new products – our WEN Xmas jelly marmalade went down a storm! We spoke to many people about the project, caught up with some of the volunteers and also got a few new fruit locations too!

That’s pretty much it for WEN Abundance for 2010. We will be busy over the next couple of months using up all the produce we still have in freezers – mainly grapes and some plums. Once this is finished we’ll have a well deserved break until elderflowers are in season so we can start making cordial ready for Hanwell carnival next June 2011!

Apple & Pear Season is upon us…

Over the past few weeks we have all been working our socks off responding to requests for us to pick fruit in private gardens. Lots of pears this year falling off the trees before they are ripe for picking so we have set up a box scheme for pears as well as windfall apples for the owners to place the fruit in.

We have enlisted a member of West Ealing Neighbours to pick the fruit up on a weekly basis on his bike + trailer to drop off at a central storage point. This is yet to be tested as first pick ups start next week but we are positive this will work!

We are also getting a steady stream of volunteers happy to pick for us, which is brilliant news.

As my picking visits are limited due to a little 3 1/2 year old I am busy making jams and being the central point for picking up fruit/jars/sugar etc for our network of jam makers.

The logistics of making all this work makes my headache! Thanks so far to the invaluable help of David and Elizabeth Highton who are devoting nearly all their spare time to this project at present.

Blackberry Picking Party! – Bitterns Field, Brent River Park

Some pics of tonight’s party with a difference! Many thanks to all of you that came along, around 10 of us picked around 10kg of blackberries so lots of yummy blackberry and apple jam to be made.

An Abundance of Blackberries!
A close up of those luscious blackberries
Wendy on the left, me in the middle and Caroline on the right
Our Sarah from WEN on the left and two of the volunteers
Having a natter with Wendy