Walmer Gardens Orchard Clear Up Day – 10am – 12pm – follow the path up to April Cottage when in Walmer Gardens W13 9TS
Walmer Gardens Map
We have 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
Why join a gym when you can spend Saturday climbing trees? West Ealing locals get their wellies on…
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!
It’s that time of year where Abundance goes into hibernation for the winter after a season that started in August and stretched all the way to October! This year we picked around 1.5 tonnes of fruit – apples and pears were by far the most popular, however we saw a bumper crop of quinces too. We mainly picked in West Ealing, Ealing and Hanwell but also took a trip down to Kent and managed to pick around 400kilos over a weekend.
Our apple juice has been sold by Cheddar Deli as well as The Little Art Room and they have taken the last of our apple and pear juice to sell at Xmas fairs. We have also developed 3 new chutneys this year so look out for them hopefully at Cehddar Deli and other local independent retailers in the area.
We covered more fairs this year, with the addition of Pitshanger Party in the Park and managed to pick at every location we were requested at.
We have also now taken over Walmer Gardens Orchard with Ealing Council’s permission and had a very positive response to the consultation of the local area for the renovation of this small Orchard starting in January 2012.
So all in all a very successful year for us and we have more plans in 2012 to expand – more of which I will post on here after a well deserved rest in the run up and over Xmas.
I’m making my last batch of Cottage Chutney now so best get off and bottle it up now!
Signing off for a few weeks, a very shattered WEN Abundance Team! Have a great Xmas and New Year.
But we’ll be back…..