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Orchard Club

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

Autumn 2016


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.

When we returned to school there was a bumper crop of apples for us to pick this year.

Harvesting our apples.

Each class has been using our harvest of apples to make delicious products. Look out for some of these on sale at our Harvest Festival!
As well as apples there were lots of weeds that had grown too. The whole school were helped by our resourceful parents in repairing some of the broken posts and getting rid of the unwanted growth! Thank you to everyone who helped. Our orchard is now in better shape to face the cold winter ahead.
We also disturbed a visitor that was hibernating for the Winter! Don't worry we put Mr Toad back safely in his cwtchy bed.

A Year in Meadowbank Orchard

September 2015 to July 2016

Some changes in the orchard this week, good and bad. The weeds are growing very quickly and it is hard to keep up with them. We have lots of apples on the trees and cherries too. No plums or pears yet though. We found problems with the pear leaves and some of the apples, so we are hoping that Ceredwin will be able to advise us. 

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!

17.2.15 - Ceridwen helps us with Winter prune 2015

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 have been doing a lot of weeding in the orchard. The trees have grown so much that it is time for us to call on Ceridwen again for help and advise with pruning.

Telephoning 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

May 2014

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

thank you!!

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 @



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.