Our first fruits are appearing!
We came back to school to find lots of blossom on our trees. The hard work of pruning was worth it.
Pruning with Ceridwen January 2017
Gardening In The Orchard Club now meets on a Tuesday lunchtime.
All children are welcome to attend.
We now have a number of children who have been coming regularly for a few years. They have developed knowledge and understanding of how to care for our well stocked school orchard throughout the year. They can use these excellent horticultural skills to support adults and children back in their own class when working on their class garden beds.
A Year in Meadowbank Orchard
September 2015 to July 2016
Changes good and bad
Spring has arrived in the Orchard! Blossom has grown on the trees and there is lots of work to be done!
Who has been in the Orchard this week?
Winter is here and it's time for the winter prune!
We telephoned Ceridwen for her expert advice.
19.10.14 Autumn prune with Ceridwen
We asked Ceridwen when she can come. We arranged the date and time and put the appointment in the school diary.
Ceridwen is coming to work with us on Friday 17th October!
Welcome Back to a new Academic Year in Orchard Club!
Autumn is a very busy time for Orchard Club. We came back to find lots of our apples were ready to be picked.
Harvest Time, September 2014
We use our books to find out information.
Thinning the blossom
It was a very sad
‘Gardening In The Orchard Club’ session today because it is the last time that Che and Seth will be with us on a regular basis.
Che’s Dad built the beds in which our trees are planted three years ago. Then the whole family helped move some very smelly manure to prepare the beds for the planting of the trees. So we all want to say a huge
Seth and Che have been coming to the club since it started all those years ago. They have listened carefully to Ceridwen every time she has been to teach us new skills and they have become excellent gardeners. They have promised that they will come back to help and advise us when it is time for the big pruning in the Summer and Winter next year.
It is now the season to move on and our loss will be another school’s gain!
All the best boys!
Goodbye to Two Prize Pruners!
Today we fitted the traps.
Making codling moth traps 27.3.14
Winter Pruning with Ceridwen.
January in The Orchard
Winter in the orchard.
Ceridwen's Autumn Prune
Pudsey came to help us on Children In Need Day!
We telephoned and arranged for Ceridwen to come and help again on 20th November.
More important visitors on Wednesday 15th October!
Special visitors to our Orchard this first week in October.
We all learn together!
Orchard club is open to all and children can come along to help if they choose to on the day.
This Autumn Term we have a lot of tidying up to do and we will be doing our winter prune with the help of Ceridwen.
We have already made a start!
These weeds are a nuisance.
Ah ha got you!
Here's another one.
Not for long!
Our involvement in a two year project called Tyfu Orchards meant that children and staff had the opportunity to be involved in the research, designs and planting of our own orchard
in the school grounds.
Our case study can be seen on the 'Fruitfull schools' website @ http://www.fruitfullschools.org/schools
We have 12 apple trees, a pear tree, a plum tree and a cherry tree.
Ceridwen is in charge of the walled garden in Dyffryn Gardens and gave us advise and help in preparing the soil and planting the trees. We invited her along for the official opening
on 15th of June 2012.
We are very lucky that Ceridwen enjoys working with us and that the National Trust have agreed to her continuing to support us with her expert knowledge.
Every Wednesday at 1pm (weather permitting) the Orchard club meets to:
Keep up to date information on the trees
Check that the trees are healthy
Measure the growth
Read books from our Orchard chest
Come and join us
Ms. James and Miss Rimell