Queens Award for Voluntary Service

Volunteering Saturday 12th November

Here is Jonathan’s message:

Greetings All,

Here are two slices of information cake to sate your Fairfield Orchard,
Fauna and Flora cravings.

First, there’ll be a volunteer session on Saturday morning, November 12th,
kicking off at 10.00am and wrapping up at 1.00pm. Please come along for as
long as you’re able to.

Fun things to look forward to include:
· Removing the logs originally intended as children’s seating at the edge
of Pony Wood. Then stacking them as a habitat pile away from the fire
· Checking whether any more of the now sizeable saplings in the Pony Wood
extension require staking. If the answer comes back in the affirmative,
then we’ll use the stakes stored next to Little Wood.
· Checking the ivy on Tree 527 – which you won’t need me to tell you is
the hawthorn near Orchard House – and deciding whether to remove it or
· Trimming back the blackthorn overcrowding the fruit trees near the
Orchard middle entrance.
· Strimming back the long grass and other growth around the fruit trees
near the big sycamore in the Orchard.
· Blocking with brash the emerging ‘entrances’ from the main path into the
northern ‘wild’ area of the Orchard.
· As an experiment, digging out the sucker saplings from the hawthorn
hedge alongside the Fauna path and checking whether they are re-plantable
for hedging purposes.
· Continuing to cut back and dig out the bramble invading Carr House
Meadow on its northern edge.
· Trimming the Paddock south hedge.

And second, you are cordially reminded that our Associate Volunteer scheme
enables people to contribute to volunteer work in their own time.
Over the winter we have a great deal of hedge trimming to undertake and if
you’re able to help with this please contact Ian Procter to discuss the
You can email him on your internet at  or if
you’d rather, he’ll be standing by his telephone like a latter day Batman
in gardening gloves, waiting for you to call him on 07811 970595.

And that’s about your lot for this time,

Best wishes,


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  1. Here’s what we did
    Despite a damp early morning and five ‘regulars’ sending apologies we had 13 volunteers for the monthly Saturday session.
    • The pruning of the apple trees continued.
    • The ivy climbing the hawthorns adjacent to Orchard House garden was cut so that weaknesses in these trees adjacent to the footpath can be observed.
    • The self seeded blackthorn surrounding pear, cherry and the purging buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) near the Orchard middle entrance was cutback and adjacent willow pruned down. The resulting brash was carted away to form the material for the next job.
    • The blackthorn and ash brash was used to plug ‘entrances’ to the northern section of the Orchard where a mountain biker had been noted.
    • The suckers growing adjacent to the Fauna path turned out not to be from the hawthorn. One view was they are wild rose. We dug them out and planted them in the gap in the west hedge of West Field.
    • The invading bramble on the north edge of Carr House Meadow was cut back and dug out. Still more to do.
    • The south hedge of the Paddock was trimmed down.

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