Fruit Tree Pruning

Saturday 16 February, 2pm to 4pm (Church Lane) and Sunday 3 March, 2pm to 4pm (Copmanthorpe Lane)

Fruit tree experts Tony Chalcraft and Jane Thurlow will be leading these events in support of the Community Orchard project. Come along and find out how to improve the health and productivity of your fruit trees.

At each event there will be a brief indoor session followed by a demonstration of the basics of pruning, with the opportunity to have a go yourself. The events are free but please book as numbers are limited.

See the event poster for full details : Tree Pruning Event Poster

Orchard Project : Site Cleanup Starts

On Saturday 26 January we made a big step forward in our plans to create the Community Orchard.
Over 40 people came along to help clear up the derelict land on the edge of the Ferry Lane playing field. Over half of them were children, including twelve Bishopthorpe Scouts. There was so much enthusiasm for the task that all the brambles were cleared too, which means we don’t need to pay for a tractor and flail.
Fantastic effort!

Before:
The Orchard site before we started work
During:
Volunteers hard at work
After:
What a difference!
Rubbish:
This is what we removed.

 

Bishopthorpe Community Orchard and Heritage Project

A derelict piece of land on the edge of Ferry Lane is to be transformed into a community orchard for everyone to enjoy.

Bishopthorpe Parish Council has secured Heritage Lottery funding for this project, which is being run by local volunteers, but the project needs extra help from villagers to make it happen.

The project team has produced the first in a series of newsletters, which you can download here:  Newsletter 01_Nov 2018

The newsletter gives more information about the project, and suggests ways people can get involved and help it all come to fruition. As well as hoping for some practical help, the team are also keen to hear from people with memories of the old orchards and market gardens of Bishopthorpe, and from anyone with old fruit trees that might turn out to have an interesting history.

You can contact the project team by email to bishorchard@yahoo.com or phone Morwenna Christian on 07563 798408.

A series of events are planned to push the project forward, the first of these is Ask the Experts at Vernon House on Monday 26th November. You can view the flyer for this event here : Nov 26th event poster

More news will be published as the project moves on, so remember to check back here for all the details.

All items will be on the News pages, tagged with Orchard so you’ll be able to find related pages quickly.