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Second Community orchard planted in Earley

Saturday 13th February 2016 saw the planting of the second Community Orchard, in Laurel Park. All the trees were funded through local sponsors and donations from local organisations.

Despite the weather, over 50 people turned up to help plant, including sponsors and supporters, the Earley Orchard Group committee, some Erlegh Elfins, and UoR students. The mayor duly planted a Worcester Pearmain, and other sponsors planted their tree, assisted by other supporters. Afterwards, hot drinks, cake and biscuits were on offer in the Interpretation Centre; it felt like a real community effort.

Thanks are due to Earley Town Council for negotiating the use of the site; to Grahame and Ashley for advice and practical support; to the sponsors and supporters, who made the idea come to life; and to the committee, for their enthusiasm and support.

Now we need to monitor the progress, look after the trees - and look forward to our crops in a few years' time!

Jean Hackett   Earley Community Orchard Group

(A more detailed report will be in the next EEG Newsletter)

The trees planted were:

Eating Apple
Allington Pippin
Brownlees Russet
Ellison's Orange
James Grieve
Kidds Orange
Rosemary Russet
St Edmund's Pippin
Worcester Pearmain
Cooking Apple
Edward VII
Howgate Wonder
Beurre Hardy
Marjorie's Seedling

Below are some pictures taken during the planting. Click here to see a sketch showing where the various trees were planted.

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Getting ready Worcester Pearmain Katy
Brownlees Russet Marjories seedling Cambridge gage
Walnut Greensleeves Allington Pippin
Rosemary Russet Ellisons Orange Just rewards

February 2016

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