Management Plan

January

Wassail

February

Pruning apples and pears (could be December)

March

Weedkilling, audit of trees, barriers, ties, scything around arbour and burdocks and nettles at far end.

April

Work morning - checking barriers, ties, stakes.

May

Pruning plums, cherries and nuts. Strimming & weedkilling around trees.

June

Work morning - brambles, thistles, burdock

July/Aug

Ragwort pulling

September

Apple day. Grass cutting.

October

Work morning - planting bulbs, checking stakes etc.

Nov/Dec

Planting, topping hedge, pruning.

Grass Cutting & Barn Owls

Our current approach is to allow the grass in the Orchard to grow until the autumn. This is to encourage a population of voles for barn owls. The grass will be cut across the whole Orchard, to a length of 6 inches, in late September/early October. Four times a year, paths will be cut though the Orchard. An area around each tree is kept weed free.

Children at a Taunton school helped to build a barn owl box which was installed in the Orchard.

See Somerset Community Barn Owl Project

Planting History

2003

Hedging whips of guelder rose, hawthorn, hazel and blackthorn put in between orchard land and allotments.

2004

Dessert, cooking and cider apples - many with local connections such as:

Devonshire Quarrenden, Tom Putt, Dabinett, Yarlington Mill,

Kingston Black, Stoke Red

2005

Dessert and perry pears, cherries

2006

Plums, gages and crab apples

2007

Hazels and cob nuts, damsons

2008

Medlar, asian pear, cherries

2009

Bullace, mirabelles

2010

Crab apples, cherries

2011

All trees were donations

2012

Updated list coming soon….

Tree Planting Scheme

Each year we plant trees that have been funded by members of the public in remembrance of a loved one, to celebrate a new arrival and for all sorts of other reasons.

Please contact us if you wish to plant a tree in the Orchard. We will discuss with you the kind of tree that you would like, advise on the cost (for the tree, stake and tree-tie) and order it from our suppliers, Triscombe Nurseries. Trees are all planted on the same day in November. The Community Orchard will dig the hole for the tree in advance and put in the stake. Donors are asked to come along at a pre-arranged time, with tools, to plant their tree.

Donors are expected to become a Friend of Frieze Hill Community Orchard.

If you would like to donate a tree to the Orchard, in this way, please phone Mary on 01823 283955.

Maintenance & Planting Mornings - see Coming Up for dates in 2018

From time to time, on a Sunday morning (occasionally on other days of the week) from 9 am to Noon, we have a Work Morning to carry out various jobs in the Orchard including planting trees and plants, pruning, checking and replacing tree guards and stakes and clearing weeds from around the trees. Volunteers are very welcome. Just turn up on the day with a pair of heavy-duty gardening gloves and any tools you think will be useful (loppers are good).