You have probably noticed that there has been great progress on the shop site. The main area of garden by the car park has been landscaped, and the gardening group has planted it up with wild-life friendly shrubs and herbs. The aim is to attract both pollinators (for the allotments and orchard) and birds which will help with pest-control. We have seen our first butterflies already! If you have shade-tolerant plants to spare, we will be wanting them this autumn as we tackle the remaining areas of the garden.
Meanwhile, we held a successful ‘Munch and Mulch’ picnic in the community orchard on 7th September, during which we had a tasting of our five flavours of Mill Orchards apple juices (the apple and blackcurrant was especially popular with the children, while the Laxton juice was no. 1 choice among the adults). In and among eating and drinking, we weeded and mulched all fifteen trees in the orchard, and identified 35 species of flowers in the new meadow. There are just two crab apple trees still looking for someone to care for them – if you are interested, please contact Kate Lack.