Monday, 14 May 2018

Community Gardening and Fun in Mitcham Orchard - Saturday, 26 May

Come and enjoy community gardening in Mitcham's lovely Orchard and Gardens. Warm welcome to everyone - training provided for anyone who wants to learn more and we love to learn from experienced gardeners as well. Refreshments and tools provided.

The orchard is looking lovely after a cut by Grass Barbers and is available to hire.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Community Gardening - this Sunday 28 January

The Orchard will be open this Sunday from 11.30 am for Community Gardening and to have our first get-together for 2018.

All welcome - come along to have an Orchard wassail to the trees to ensure a good harvest.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Boxing Day Litter pick at the orchard

A little bit of litter picking on Boxing Day to keep the orchard looking good.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Community Gardening April 2017

Big thanks to everyone who came and helped in the Orchard - lawn mowed, hedge weeded, vegetable patches ready for planting and lock-up beautifully sorted. The next Community Gardening event is on Saturday, 27 May from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm where we will be doing planting, weeding and having fun.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Community Gardening - 25 March 2017

Come along to the Orchard from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm for Community Gardening. Tasks, include weeding, picking rhubarb, sorting the strawberries and pruning. Stay for as little or as long as you like. Training, tools and refreshments provided.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Wassail - What a Fantastic and Colourful Evening

Merton Borough's first ever Wassail at Mitcham Community Orchard and Gardens (CR4 3AL) was a great success with well over 200 people attending of all ages, colours, faiths and creeds, including visitors from Brixton and Carlshalton to name but a couple of places.

The Orchard was decked with large numbers of coloured lights and was positively ablaze, with a main bonfire, 4 fire pits, 2 Swedish wood torches and 20 burning lamps to name some. These kept all warm, in conjunction with 2 large marquees, one housing the bar. The fires occasionally spat out blue and green flames as the meandering "Green Man" tossed concoctions into the blazes like a Medieval alchemist! Children particularly enjoyed toasting the available marshmallows on hazel sticks. Some great traditional costumes were in evidence, from Green Man, to Vikings and druids! Good to see people getting into the spirit, even if just with leaf-decorated hats.
Fantastic entertainment from Black Swan Morris, who performed 2 sessions, the second including the highly popular crowd-participation/ try-out of Morris. Their "Squire" was particularly impressive, with a huge booming voice. Equally fantastic were The Trafalgar's English Folk session musicians who performed before and after the Morris, joined by various drummers with bodhráns they'd brought! Really made the atmosphere!
The Wassail ceremony at 7pm was led by the Wassail King and Queen and included recitations, supplications and singing, with the obligatory pouring of cider around the Wassail tree and cider-soaked toast was hung in its candlelit branches. A salute of firework rockets ended the ceremony.
The bar quickly ran out of our own Orchard cider, with the Orchard liqueurs proving popular too. There was particularly great demand for the "Lambswool" mulled cider with baked apple pulp and we had to continually brew this warm concoction in a nearby kitchen - sold over 100 1/2 pint mugs (plus over 30 cups of the non-alcoholic version), kept warm on gas burners at the bar! The BBQ did fantastic trade thanks to its staff, also served over 150 burgers and sausages.

This inaugral Wassail broke even, having had to spend a good deal of money on waterproof lighting and other infrastucture, which is now in place for future events, wherin any profit will be ploughed back in keeping the Orchard going. However, the intent was not to raise funds, but to be a Community Event greared to bring people together to enjoy themselves in these bleak Winter months.All in all a great evening and has firmly established itself with a portent of it becoming an increasingly popular event in Merton Borough's diary