Greetings from the Orchard. This is an update on the orchard going to all those who have been along to help since the first shovel of earth was dug in 2009. We had our first workday of 2012 on the last Saturday in February 2012. It was warm, the crocuses were out and the bees were venturing out from the hive.
We were able to start putting up the wires for the fruit trees against the large stone wall. Nearly finished the wooden furniture. We build another section of the dry stone wall and checked all the labels on the fruit trees. Sadly we also cut down the old apple tree which died last season. We also drank tea and coffee and ate biscuits and looked at what we all achieved last year.
Here are some of the things that happened at the orchard in 2011.
- We planted 50 trees and bushes
- We started building a low dry stonewall along the path
- We put in a table and two benches
- The bee keepers got to work. The hive was put in place and the bees made honey
- We had a wonderful Apple Day attended by 50 people and made a huge amount of apple juice
- We continued the work of keeping the trees free from weeds and strimmed the area
- Sadly the shed was broken into and some of the apples disappeared
- It rained too much but luckily not on workdays.
- We had our Wassailing celebration on a crisp Saturday morning in January
We were able to to as much as we did because of money from the Climate Challenge Fund to pay for trees etc. We also had paid workers but sadly they finished in early spring. We have used up the grant money for trees & tools but a great deal has been achieved. Most important has been the volunteers and visitors. It is the community who make happen with the help from mother nature. So thanks to all who helped in 2011. We are looking forward to the year ahead and please come and join in whatever way you can.
Our first job on our next Workday Saturday 31st March will be to put up the supports for the apple tunnel and plant the trees. Further workdays:
- Saturday 28th April
- Saturday 26th May
- Saturday 30th June
- Saturday 28th July
- Saturday 25th August
- Saturday 29th Sept
- Saturday 27th October
- Saturday 24th November
If you want to know more ring: Mary Jane Elton 669 5129 or Diana Cairns 669 4981
Come and join in a Wassailing Celebration at the Community Orchard on January 28th.
There will be a normal work day in the orchard from 10am to 12 noon, followed by the wassailing celebration from 12 till 2pm. The Apple Wassail is traditionally performed in the winter to bless the trees with songs and offerings of cider.
There will be an informal workshop to learn some wassail songs, including a newly written Edinburgh Wassail and a song specific to the trees in the Donkeyfield Orchard. This will take place on Monday 23 Janaury at 7 Rosefield Avenue, 7:30 – 9:00pm. Please let Jane know if you are planning to come.
The next work day at the Community Orchard will be on 28 January 2012, from 10 am — 2 pm.
We shall probably work for a couple of hours and then do some wassailing to encourage next season’s fruitfulness.
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Unfortunately the Orchard Solstice Party planned for 17 December has had to be cancelled
because of lack of available people to organise it.
We are instead planning to do some wassailing to encourage next season’s fruitfulness at the next orchard work day on 28 January 2012, from 10 am — 2 pm. We shall probably work for a couple of hours and then do the wassailing. More information about this will be available in due course.
In the meantime, the orchard group would like to wish everyone a very happy and peaceful festive season and we look forward to seeing you early in the new year.
Sat 29th October 2 – 4pm
- Apple crushing and pressing – bring apples and bottles to take home some juice
- Apple dooking and other games
- Bring home baking to share
- Fancy dress
If you have any apples that we could collect to juice please contact Diana as soon as possible.
Many thanks – we hope to see you there.
Donkeyfield Community Orchard is at Brunstane Road South, Gilberstoun, just opposite Brunstane station.
Poster for Apple Day 2011 to download and print out.
Great piece on the STV news about our proposed turbine. Also the Evening News has a story on the wind turbine plans. (Thanks to all who’ve registered their support on the Energyshare site — we currently have 227 supporters, and have moved up to 1st place, but we need to stay there, and that aint going to be easy! If you haven’t signed up yet, get on over to http://www.energyshare.com/portobello-leith-community-wind-energy-project/). The Evening News editorial (bottom of this page, under the ‘Sick Kids’ leader) is also helpfully supportive.
There’s also a fascinating article on local currencies by Steve Burgess (with help from Justin and Eva).
Artist’s impression of the proposed wind turbine
A unique partnership between two Edinburgh community groups has been established to develop a community owned wind turbine on the coast between Portobello and Leith.
We would really appreciate it if you, your family, neighbours and friends back our bid by clicking on the title in the box on the right to reach the www.energyshare.com website, and registering your support for our turbine project!
PEDAL – Portobello Transition Town and Greener Leith have joined forces to conduct detailed feasibility work on a site within the Seafield Waste Water Treatment Works. Early surveys suggest a wind turbine on this site has the potential to generate enough renewable energy to supply the annual electricity needs of 300‑1300 households, depending on the size of turbine installed. Continue reading
Remember the Portobello Organic Market is on this Saturday, June 4 at Brighton Park from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Hope you can make it along!
The stalls this month will be: Continue reading
Fantastic locally-produced, seasonal and organic food, drink, arts & crafts for sale.
This Saturday there will be new stalls by Kaori Simpson (Japanese noodle bar) and Burgh Bakes (marshmallow cakes).
Where: Brighton Park, Brighton Place, Portobello When: 9.30am — 1.30pm For more information visit the market page.