Queens Award for Voluntary Service

Volunteer session Saturday 13th August 2016

Here is Jonathan’s message

Greetings All,

There’ll be a volunteer session at Fairfield Orchard, Fauna and Flora this
Saturday morning, August 13th, starting fresh as a daisy at 10.00am and
finishing exhausted and a bit stinky at 1.00pm. Please come along if you
possibly can for as long as you can manage.

Items on the agenda for this occasion:

* Digging out and cutting back the remaining bramble along the Fauna path.
* Clearing around the new hedge saplings being overwhelmed by surrounding
vegetation down the Pads footpath.
* Digging out any remaining ragwort.
* Clearing around the shed, especially alongside the fence with Fraser’s
* Checking the shed roof and preparing it to receive the protecting net at
the end of the month.
* Clearing vegetation enveloping shrubs such as broom in the Orchard.

And that’s it for this occasion.

Best wishes,


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  1. Here’s what we did
    The session attracted 17 volunteers on a disappointingly overcast and damp morning. This included 4 members of the playground engineering group who installed a replacement balancing beam. The rest of us:
    • Cleared around the new hedge saplings along the Pads footpath clearing enveloping vegetation.
    • Dug out ragwort from part of the Big Meadow. More to do.
    • Noted that the shed roof is in good condition and the fixing of a protective net at the end of the month should be reasonably straightforward.
    • Cut back vegetation around the shed especially underneath the fence bounding Fraser’s garden.
    • Posted our signs on the fruit trees asking people not to pick the fruit until ripe.
    • Reinstated a post alongside one of the new apple trees.
    • Cut back vegetation encroaching on the green paths in the Orchard.
    • Cleared bindweed from around the broom shrubs.
    • Checked and pruned the apple trees.
    • Cut back the hedges in front of the Orchard benches to reinstate vistas across the Big Meadow.

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