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

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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.

-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 end of a very busy year…

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…..

Elderflowers Abundant in West Ealing

A group of us went out picking elderflowers yesterday and found rich pickings in Walmer Gardens and particularly Elthorne Park. We hurried back to my house to start the cordial making process and reckon from this batch we’ll get around 70 bottles of cordial that we will be selling at Hanwell Carnival on the 18th June.

Diluted with fizzy water and a slice of lemon, the cordial makes a lovely summer drink – come along early to Hanwell Carnival to avoid disappointment!

Apple Picking at Walmer Gardens

Ealing Council own a lovely little orchard that is right next to Walmer Gardens. Normally locked up, a very friendly park ranger gave us the keys to pick the apples. We got there a bit late as there were lots of windfall but managed to salvage a fair few and picked the 3 trees that still had eating apples. Most went to the soup kitchen at St Johns and the remainder are now in store for our Abundance fruit pressing as part of West Ealing Family day on the 23rd October. Some pictures of the pick…

Yummy apples at Walmer Gardens!
Pauly picking apples! And only 3 1/2 too!
Pauly looking glum at the end of the apple pick!