A group of Gipsy Lane allotment tenants Lisa and John, Julie and Steve, Roger, Nicola and Rob met at the allotments on Saturday 1st February to plan the extension of the community orchard on an adjacent space by the seven trees planted last year. It was decided to plant another seven young trees and to include some plum and pear varieties. Like last year expert advice will be sought from Mary of Transition Wokingham. The target date for planting is Saturday 1st March.
If all goes to plan the orchard will comprise 14 trees. The seven from 2013 (6 apple and one plum, all local heritage varieties) are doing well with the exception of one apple which has some damage to its bark near the ground.
Photo shows a flavour of last year’s hard work!