Orchard Learning offers new taster sessions

May 29 2018
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Horfield Organic Community Orchard welcomes all to enjoy a Midsummer Orchard Open Day on Saturday 16 June, between 1 - 5pm.

This annual event is part of Get Growing June 2018 Garden open days organised by Bristol Food Network. It takes place during Bristol Food Connections festival week and, new for this year, is offering free Orchard Learning taster sessions.

Bristol’s pioneering community orchard celebrates its 20th birthday this year and orchard member, Shannon Smith, is keen for visitors to see what it’s all about: “Come and take a look at our new Home Orchard Plot, now happily toddling along at 18 months old.  We’re sure it will inspire you to grow more fruit in small spaces,” she says.

The Orchard Learning Programme is another new project being developed to mark the orchard’s 20th anniversary. This practical, orchard-based course started in February 2018. Participants are learning how to look after over 100 different fruiting trees, bushes and vines, and playing an active part in organising the orchard. The popular course was oversubscribed and is likely to be offered again in 2019.

“There’s a huge appetite for learning about fruit growing,” adds Shannon. 

“If pruning, pests, or diseases puzzle you, then pop along to an Orchard Learning taster session at our summer open day.” 

Orchard members will be on hand on the day to answer fruit growing questions. There will be homemade cakes, refreshments, produce and plants for sale at the event and the opportunity to check out the compost loo on site.

 

To reach Horfield Organic Community Orchard (nearest postcode BS7 8JP), walk down the lane beside 22 Kings Drive (between Bishop Road and Kellaway Avenue), turn left and it’s the first gate on the right.

OR  Take the lane beside 134 Longmead Avenue until you come to the last gate on the left.

 

For more information see www.community-orchard.org.uk, email: hocohello@gmail.com or call 0117 373 1587.