Welcome to the Volunteering blog

Greetings Orchardeers and a very Happy New Year to you. I hope 2013 brings you nothing but the good stuff.

A handful of notices for your attention.


1)  Cafe Scientifique is a series of talks in Lancaster – basically a short talk and discussion session held in a pub or cafe where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. It’s an informal non-academic event and everyone is welcome.

Further details:

Café Scientifique comes to Lancaster!
At 7.30pm on Wednesday January 9th 2013, The Robert Gillow Pub (Upstairs) (64 Market Street, Lancaster LA1 1HP, 01524 36092) will host Prof Richard Bardgett who will be talking about ‘The Importance of Soil to Everything!’.
Please come along, to take part in the discussions or just to listen.
We hope to host a Café once a month, so watch out for further events.
You can also visit the national website for more information about the concept www.cafescientifique.org

‘The Importance of Soil to Everything!’: For much of history, soil has played a major, and often central, role in the lives of humans. Entire societies have risen, and collapsed, through the management or mismanagement of soil; farmers and gardeners worldwide nurture their soil to provide their plants with water, nutrients and protection from pests and diseases; major battles have been aborted or stalled by the condition of soil; and, above all this, soil, and the multitude of organisms that live in it, control all the biogeochemical cycles on which the functioning of the Earth depends. Richard Bardgett will talk about soil and the many, often unexpected, ways that humans depend on it, both knowingly and unknowingly.


2)  Another opportunity for a hedge laying training has arisen on 16th and 17th January, at Crook O Lune from 9am to 3.30pm or thereabouts.

This is provided free of charge by Lancashire CC Environment Department and two very experienced hedge layers from whom a great deal can be learnt. Three of us went a few weeks ago and enjoyed it.

The FA has a great deal of hedging to tackle, beginning in the new year, so the more trained people we have the better.

If you are interested contact Ian Procter on sysaf123-volunteer AT yahoo DOT co DOT uk.


3)  The Wyre &Myerscough College Annual Hedgelaying Competition takes place at Garstang Millennium Green on Saturday 19th January 2013 from 9am to 4pm.

A free workshop for complete beginners will also be held on the day, where you can try your hand at this ancient rural skill under the expert guidance of a professional. Booking for the workshop is essential- ring 01995 602125.’


4)  And to round up what has been a fairly hedge-centric email… Mick Short is helping to arrange a hedge planting session for the Lancashire Wildlife Trust at Freeman’s Pools on Thursday 14th Feb. Meet at 9.30am at the entrance to Freeman’s Pools.

Steve Ryder will bring as many tools as he can muster but says “If any of your team have spades, secateurs and gloves they can bring that would be great. Packed lunch, wellies and waterproof trousers also required.”
Obviously, if you just want to come for part if the day, that is fine. All help is welcome.


5)  Just one more thing. The next “regular” volunteer session in the Orchard is on Saturday January 12th at 10.00am until 1.00pm as per usual. Agenda yet to be decided but if it doesn’t include something hedge related I for one will be very disappointed.

Thanks for sticking with me this far.


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