St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Bearing Fruit: 16th January 2012 – Exciting new projects and rescuing some Hazels!

Present: Jonathan, Paul, Eileen, Stephen and Darren

Secure in the knowledge that St Nicks’ Community Orchard was finally in the ground and waiting for spring to come around, the Bearing Fruit Core Group could now concentrate on what interesting projects Year Two of the project might bring. Two such projects will include taking over the management of the two raised beds at our Bull Lane entrance way and creating a small soft fruit garden on the reserve. The Core Group were very excited at this prospect!

After visiting and mapping both sites we began to think about the work we’ll need to do for these two projects and what we can plant in these areas. At Bull Lane we have decided on a vegetable growing area in one raised bed and tidying and planting wild flowers in the other. We thought that the fruit garden would provide us with an opportunity to grow some of the different types of soft fruits that we originally wanted to plant, as having them all in one place will make them easier to look after.

Eileen fells a tree

Eileen begins to fell a Sycamore

After a productive hour of planning we were itching to get out and do some practical work! We decided to tackle some self-seeded Sycamore trees which had become a nuisance in shading out a patch of Hazels. Hard hats and high-visibility jackets were donned and bow saws were dished out and we set about our rescue mission with very good results, especially as some of the group had very little experience felling such sizable trees. After a lesson in technique, everyone got the chance to yell ‘Timber!’ as the pesky Sycamores came (safely) crashing down.

For more details or to find out how to get involved in our Bearing Fruit project, please check for work days on the events page on our website or email


7 February 2012 | Categories: Volunteers' diary | Tags: Bearing Fruit, soft fruits, vegetables