You have probably noticed that there has been some more progress on the shop
site. The main area of garden by the car park has been landscaped, and the
gardening group has begun to plant 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.