Sovereign Health Care Charitable Trust have given funding to Bradford Apple Group to support practical management of the orchard.
This grant, directed towards BEES as managers of the orchard, first supported some of the summer work; restrictive pruning of the cordons and espaliers, mulching the trees to control the vegetation growth and mowing the paths through the grass.
We will continue to benefit from this grant by the support it offers for the autumn tasks of cutting the areas of long grass (left long through the summer to provide habitat for the predators of pests in the orchard), repairing seating and of course harvesting the fruit. It will also support the winter pruning and some hedge laying.
Scheduled volunteer days at the orchard; Friday 23rd September and Friday 14th October
A full list of volunteer tasks can be viewed on the volunteer page.