Queens Award for Voluntary Service

Volunteering Wednesday 30th July

Here is Jonathan’s email message

Greetings All,

There’ll be a volunteer session at Fairfield Orchard, Fauna and Flora this
Wednesday evening, July 30th, beginning at 6.30pm.
As usual, the meeting point will be the Storage Building on the footpath
at the Sunnyside Lane end.

Tasks on this occasion include…

1. Cut back nettles and other growth alongside the paths in the Orchard.
(N.B. these are overhanging the paths badly but we should not be cutting
too many of them down given the clearance of the nettles around the apple

2. Continue trimming the grass around the base of the new saplings in Pony
Wood and the extension.

3. The team going to Pony Wood should look out for and trim back brambles
overhanging the Pads footpath. There is also a sycamore branch fallen in
the recent wind which needs cutting off and moving from the path. Finally,
the team should bring back fencing posts for future use near Anna’s Pool.

Meanwhile, this just in from the Builders’ Bags desk…
We are short of builders’ bags (the sort that sand and other building
materials is delivered in). They have multiple uses for clearing
vegetation but we have used our stock storing some scythed hay. If anyone
has spares can they simply put it over the fence in front of the Storage

And that’s it for now.

Best wishes,



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  1. Here is what we did
    The monthly Wednesday volunteer session attracted 9 volunteers on a lovely summer’s evening.
    • We pinned signs to the apple trees asking people not to pick until ripe. Four additional notices explain when the fruit is ripe and how to tell this were posted around the Orchard.
    • Overhanging nettles, brambles and long grass was cut back from the remaining grass paths in the Orchard.
    • Overhanging brambles were trimmed from the Pads footpath from the Orchard north entrance round to the treble gates.
    • A fallen sycamore branch was cleared from the Pads footpath and a badly overhanging branch cut down by the treble gates.
    • More of the grass around the saplings in Pony Wood and its extension was trimmed back.
    • 12 posts were brought back from the treble gates area to the Shed for use near Anna’s Pool in the near future.

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