Saturday 19-May-18 - Afternoon at the Orchard - Fifth Edition of 2018

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Saturday 19-May-18 - Afternoon at the Orchard - Fifth Edition of 2018 - from 2.00pm to 6.00pm (4 hours)

Join us for our fifth edition of an ‘Afternoon at the Orchard’ in 2018, on Saturday May 19th, from 2pm to 6pm

This month, we will be mowing and raking up the grass in the New Orchard to mulch the young apple trees there. We’ll also be scything weeds and bramble-bashing there as needed, also in the Far Cider Orchard and around the ‘Secret Six’ apple trees.

In this fifth edition of 2018, our activities will cover:
- Mowing and raking grass in the New Orchard
- Mulching the fruit trees in the New Orchard
- Scything weeds and clearing brambles in the New Orchard
- Scything weeds and clearing brambles in the Far Cider Orchard
- Scything weeds and clearing brambles around the 'Secret Six' apple trees

We hope the weather will stay sunny and warm throughout May, so do dress in clothes suitable for working outdoors on a sunny late Spring afternoon. Wear long sleeves and long trousers to avoid being scratched by brambles. We'd suggest applying suncream to exposed skin and wearing a broad-brimmed hat to keep your face from getting sunburned!

Of course, wear stout shoes or boots and bring along your own gardening gloves. If you have your own pruning shears, loppers, pruning saws or pole saws, bring them along to use.

The venue is the Woughton Orchards, Woughton on the Green, Milton Keynes, MK6 3BS. We park in Newport Road there, opposite the Patch Allotments and generally meet up by our cars at the starting time.

Working Parties
Our 'Afternoon at the Orchard' volunteer working parties take place on the 3rd Saturday of the month, throughout the year. Come along and join us for a few hours of enjoyable outdoor work, in a lovely orchard setting, with good company. Well-behaved children and dogs are welcomed to join in too. The orchards are a great place for youngsters to play and let off steam while their older family members work on the trees. Our regular canine contributors, Medical Detection Dogs Kiwi and Lexi, also enjoy having willing volunteers to throw a ball for them!

We'll bring water, squash, tea, coffee and biscuits/cake for break-time and we usually round off the day with a drink and chat at Ye Olde Swan.

It's free to come along and join in. Donations are welcomed towards the refreshments, or bring some cake or biscuits to share.

For more details, please drop a line to Claire at:

We look forward to welcoming you to an 'Afternoon at the Orchard!