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   Baldons Community Orchards    17 March, 2021

Baldons Community Orchards – Volunteers Needed!

The orchards projects are progressing. The apple orchard now has a plank bridge across the ditch – this is made from ekki (a West African hardwood) which was reclaimed from a bridge in Cambridge. We have planted 3 bird cherry trees on the other side of the ditch, will be ordering a bench and an information board is underway. We hope to host a welcome community event in the orchard once we are all allowed to gather again. We would like to thank the Baldons Millennium Fund and the Tree Council for funding this orchard project.

In the pear orchard-to-be, most of the visible brambles have now been dug out by John Barne – many thanks to him. If you would like an orchard work-out we need volunteers to help dig out some nettle patches (when the Covid rules allow unless you are happy to work solo). We will provide guidance (if needed) and refreshments. If you are able to volunteer your time (even an hour)  in the next few months please could you contact Lizie: liziegiraudeau@gmail.com

We would like to thank Sam Casey-Rerhaye for granting us £1,000 towards the cost of creating this orchard from the Councillor Community Grant Scheme and to Tom James for helping us with this grant application.

Ali Barne, Diana Belli, Lizie Giraudeau and Sarah Marchant       

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