Histon & Impington Community Orchard Project

Grafting workshop

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14 April 2018 – A sunny afternoon spent grafting apples and pears. 20 trees grafted. Lets hope they take!

Winter Wassail 2018

Wassailing at the orchad

20th January 2018 – The trees were well toasted at the Winter Wassail. The orchard looked magical lit up by a myriad of lanterns. Many thanks to Mark, our toast master, to Elaine for leading the singing, to Lara for her recorder playing and to all the children who sang beautifully.

Compost heap team 2

26th November 2017 – Today we built three compost bins, using old pallets and posts recycled from the tree fortresses. We’ll fill them with mowings, prunings, and the left over pulp from juicing events over the coming years.

Last of the cages removed

No cages

28 October 2017 – The last of the cages were removed on 28 October 2017. These were originally built to protect the trees from deer and rabbits. They gave the trees good protection when first installed, but they made it hard to weed and they were starting to constrain the growth. The orchard has a more natural look now.

Orchard maintenance – 2017

170827 orchard no fortresses

This Summer (2017) we’ve been removing the cages that were built to protect the trees from deer and rabbits. These were great when first installed and gave the trees good protection, but they made it hard to weed and they were starting to constrain the growth. We’ve now removed about 45 cages, with about 6 to go.