After driving this week nearly 200 miles throughout Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Surrey, West Sussex and East Sussex, I saw for mile after mile the same depressing site came again and again- no home for wildlife and animals. Every field was pushed to the roadside to make way for giant machines for profit. This is […]Read More Destruction of biodiversity and natural habitat by Modern farming systems
While going through some old hard discs today, I came across this long forgotten photo of when we just took the site on in Kingsbury about 7 years ago. It is almost the same shot as the main photo of this website. It gets a bit depressing at times when you think your progress is […]Read More Before and After
This weekend I attended a Brighton Permaculture Trust course at their spectacular Earth-ship location in Stanmer Park Brighton. Luckily the weather was fantastic and the sun was shining all the way through and a very interesting time was had by all. For myself the most important thing learnt was from the research done by Stephan, […]Read More Permaculture course at Brighton Earth-ship
Last week I was lucky enough to attend Brogdale’s excellent fruit trees grafting course. It was fantastic how much can be learnt in a short time with a good teacher. Brogdale is the national apple collection based in Kent. I learnt how to graft on apple trees, pear trees and cherry trees. It was a […]Read More Grafting course at Brogdale.
Today it was very exciting as it was a very important meeting of London Green Belt Council at the Campaign for rural England HQ in London. The meeting was about better ways to protect precious London Green Belt. Many interesting and exciting ideas were discussed, my particular interest is the relationship between mental health and […]Read More London Green Belt Council Meeting today, my input was the link between mental health and the lack of access to green space.
The seeds in the large tray came from the cobs grown from the amount of seeds in the small red top on the right. Its incredible if you can imagine that same ratio carried on over the next years! The colourful corn seeds were grown from ones that have been specially collected and bred over […]Read More Natures amazing generosity!
Today we went through all the seeds we have slowly been buying and collecting since last year. As we have now over 100 packets I think perhaps we have become over ambitious – but we shall see! This year roots is our concentration. As well as the usual carrots and parsnips we are trying to […]Read More Sorting the seeds for Orchard Grove Project Allotments for Spring and Summer planting
On Sunday we began the slow task of laying a woodchip mulch down around each of the trees. Although it may be a bit early in the Spring for this its an important task for this particular orchard as its a very heavy clay prone to water logging. Woodchips will bring up an army of […]Read More Woodchipping mulch for apple trees begins at RNOH Orchard.
We had really successfully event of 5 litres of mulled warm apple juice and 3 litres of hot cider. Everyone loved it and £36 was raised for Broccles staff. All cider and juice was made from apples from RNOH orchard gathered on Monday. All in all it was a really fun event and I met […]Read More Mulled cider event Broccles restaurant
As the winter days draw on sadly the last of the apples have been gathered from the orchard this year. Unfortunately, some of the trees were affected by water logging and didn’t produce any apples. The ones at the top of the orchard were great. On Monday City Harvest turned up and took 150kg and […]Read More The last of the harvest 2017