Archive for the ‘Community orchard’ Category

Many thanks are due again to Sustrans and the Thursday volunteers who have continued, on the first and third Thursday of every month, to work hard to maintain the Loop and its habitats. Tasks in recent months have included:

  • woodland thinning at Abbey Hey.
  • clearing an area of brambles near Nelstrop Road North, to create a wildflower area.
  • installing the wildlife posts at several Loop entrances.
  • multiple activities at the Levenshulme quadrants (digging out rubble, removing the remaining stumps of small trees, pruning the large hawthorn and cutting back the surrounding undergrowth – all with a view to having a larger open grassy area that can be kept mown short, and so provide a more useful area for community activities).

For the first outing of 2018, the group was out this past Thursday clearing the already-cut brash that was lying around the Athol Road entrance and consolidating it into habitat piles.  As well as making the entrance more attractive, this will give the bulbs planted a year ago a better chance to see the light.

For more information about these task days, which run from 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., please contact us, then Sustrans or those co-ordinating the Thursday events will get back in touch!


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Yesterday some of the Friends were out working in and around the community orchard at the Levenshulme Quadrants.  We were joined by members of the Sale and Altrincham Conservation Volunteers to help with building two willow arches, using willow harvested from the Loop.  Some weeding and general maintenance around the orchard trees was also done.  Meanwhile, Incredible Edible Levenshulme were also out, working on their raised beds of herbs and fruit.  Many thanks to all helpers!

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Another winter, another wassail today to celebrate the orchard at the Levenshulme Quadrants and wish it a healthy and flourishing year ahead!  As in the previous several years, there was a bonfire, choir-led singing, fireworks, mulled cider, the fixing of ribbons and cider-soaked toast to the fruit trees and the conjuring of a Wassail Queen!

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Today volunteers were out, for one of our regular Thursday work days, to do some work at the Levenshulme Quadrants.  Particular tasks included:

  • weeding out the grass competing with the orchard fruit trees immediately around their trunks.
  • digging out self-seeded willows in the orchard area.
  • giving the grass a general trim in all four quadrants, partly in readiness for the “Treasures Workshop” on the 9th October.
  • the usual general litter pick and tidy.


Thanks to all of those who helped with the work – and new volunteers are always welcome to any of our events!

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Training in orchard maintenance

Friends who are interested in improving their knowledge of orchard maintenance in order to help maintain the community orchards on the Loop may be interested in enrolling in training taking place on Saturday 6th February in Old Trafford.  Details have been posted on the Friends’ Facebook page and can be found here, or those interested can contact dan@theurbanorchardproject.org.

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At dusk on Old Tweflth Night, Sunday 17th January 2016, a hardy band turned out to celebrate our annual wassail of the community orchard at the Quadrants, Levenshulme (Crayfield Road).  This was a postponed and scaled-down version of the originally planned event (due to very heavy rain on the initial date of Sunday 3rd January), but nevertheless there was mulled cider, home-made apple cake, a procession round the orchard fixing cider-soaked toast (lucky birds) and ribbons to the fruit trees, and a firework finale!  With added cheery involvement from several passers-by, we hope to have set the orchard fair for continued flourishing through 2016!

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Come to the the third Orchard Wassail – Sunday 4th January 2015 – at the Levenshulme community orchard at the Quadrants, off Crayfield Road, behind the old Levenshulme Station on Stockport Road under which the Fallowfield Loop passes.  (The location of the Levenshulme orchard is shown on the map here.)

Gather around 4 p.m., i.e. dusk fall, and the first songs will be sung half an hour later, and hopefully there will be enough of us to conjure up a Wassail Queen to lead us through the orchard of not only apple, but pear, plum, damson and greengage trees, and wish them health – wassail – through this season of winter, and into the following year.

There will be singing – bring a drink to warm you up and whet your whistle, maybe some food to share. It doesn’t last long – maybe an hour altogether, but enough for magic to happen and cheer the cockles of the heart as we enter a new year!

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