Celebrate local fruit growing and Wassail the Orchard on Saturday 14 January

wassaiHome Orchard Plot takes shape at Horfield Organic Community Orchard

Three years of planning and fundraising will soon come to fruit at Horfield Organic Community Orchard (HOCO). The Home Orchard Plot (HOP) project is a 4×10 metre mini-orchard showing different ways to grown fruit in small spaces. The first delivery of trees arrived mid-December, with a second batch due in the New Year. Members have been busy weeding, digging, and earth moving to make up the new planting beds. 

“The plot is taking shape”, said Shannon Smith, the orchard co-ordinator, “and so are we! Such active and muddy work is an excellent tonic to winter blues. We’re adding this new project to the orchard because we want to inspire more people to grown more fruit in gardens, allotments and small community spaces. Everyone’s invited to come have a look at our winter Wassail community celebration.”

Membership of HOCO is open to anyone, and new members are welcome to join from January 2017. Harvest-share members enjoy a ‘dividend’ of fresh fruits, learn specialist fruit-growing skills, and have the pleasure of working and socialising in a pioneering community orchard. Getting involved in 2017 is an opportunity to make the most of hands-on learning while caring for fruit trees in the crucial early years. People can also join HOCO as a supporting Friend.

Everyone is welcome to celebrate local fruit growing and to Wassail the Orchard on Saturday 14 January. Pigsty Morris and a local choir join in the festive merry making. Warming mulled apple juice and wonderful homemade cakes are for sale. Remember to bring ribbons, clouties and shining things to dress the Old Man Apple tree.

To find the Orchard (nearest postcode BS7 8JP), walk down the lane beside 22 Kings Drive (between Bishop Road and Kellaway Avenue), turn left and it’s the first gate on the right. OR take the lane beside 134 Longmead Avenue until you come to the last gate on the left. (Dogs on leads, please.)

See our website for more information: www.community-orchard.org.uk

Contact Shannon Smith: hocohello@gmail.com, 0117 373 1587

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