Queens Award for Voluntary Service

Volunteer session 31st August

Sorry this is late – I have been on holiday: here is Jonathan’s message to the Orchardeers

Greetings All,

There’ll be a volunteer session in Fairfield Orchard, Fauna and Flora this Wednesday evening (July 31st) from 6.30 to 8.30.
The session will be led by Ken while Ian is away sunning himself in Yorkshire.

Please come along for as long or short a time as you can manage. Help from all abilities is always appreciated and needed, and we will always to try to find tasks you’ll be comfortable performing.

The agenda is as follows…
1. Mow the grass
2. Slash the long grass around trees / shrubs in the Orchard
3. Trim back the Fauna path edges
4. Trim round the bottom (south) notice board in the Orchard
5. Clear the fallen willow in the Orchard to Fraser’s bonfire site
6. Clear around the quince bush currently being overwhelmed.

And that’s it!
We meet at the new shed. But if you’re not able to join us at 6.30, just approach anybody who looks like they might be a fellow volunteer (wielding a slasher or possibly an axe) and they’ll point you in the direction of Ken who will task you up.
We occasionally round off the summer evening sessions with a drink in the pub, so if that sounds like your kind of thing, bring a little pocket money and let that be your added incentive to come join us.

Hoping to see you there,


And the report on the evening:

31st July 2013

In a period of lovely summer weather our Wednesday evening volunteer session was blighted by heavy rain and only 5 brave souls reported for duty, led by Ken as Ian was on holiday.

Nevertheless a lot was achieved with long grass and nettles cut back in the Orchard, the nettles enveloping the south notice board trimmed back and the overgrown quince shrub cleared to give a better chance of thriving.

As well as thanking Ken for leading this session we should note his return to work in the following days to clear the fallen willow and mow the Orchard grass.