Queens Award for Voluntary Service

Volunteer session 28th August 2013

Here is Jonathan’s message

Greetings All,

There’ll be a volunteer session at Fairfield Orchard, Fauna and Flora this Wednesday evening, August 28th, starting at 6.00 and finishing at 8.00pm. Or thereabouts. We meet at the new toolshed.

On this week’s Opportunity List of Delights we have…

* mow the grass

* go round the orchard with shears cutting back the various vegetation which is overhanging the paths

* trim down the Pads / Orchard hedge at the points where there are viewing breaks from the benches

* cut back an elder which is overhanging a garden near Towneley Close

* continue / complete the trimming back of Fauna path

* post the ‘Don’t Pick Yet’ signs on the fruit trees.

My people tell me there will be excellent weather conditions throughout and I think by now we all know better than to doubt them.
So please come if you possibly can, regardless of agility, ability or how much time you can spend with us – all help is appreciated and we aim to find something for everybody.

In other news, the Fairfield Association’s public consultation on the future of the new FLORA fields takes places in the Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster on Friday 6th (1pm – 7pm) and Saturday 7th (10am – 4pm) September.
Everyone is welcome to see and discuss the plans.

And that’s all for now. I’ll leave you with the words of 1980s poet and philosopher Rick Astley who put it so pithily when he said “Hard work is its own reward.”

Hope to see you on Wednesday,


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  1. And what we did:
    The last of the summer evening volunteer sessions. Again a disappointing turnout of only 4 volunteers on a pleasant evening. Nevertheless we achieved a lot.
    * The grass was mown.
    * The ‘Don’t Pick until Ripe’ signs were posted on those trees where the fruit is not ready.
    * The main north-south path through the Orchard was trimmed to remove overhanging vegetation. We also cut back the worst of the overhang on some of the grass paths.
    * On the pads footpath the hedge at two of the Orchard bench viewpoints was trimmed back to preserve the view. This complimented the trimming of the two other viewpoints, presumably by Philip.

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