Wednesday, 27 May 2015

5th butterfly species at the orchard today

Today the orchard was visited by the 5th butterfly species to date...a speckled wood, pictured below along with the previous species, respectively: small white, brimstone, common blue and small tortoiseshell.
Maybe when the wild flower meadow, being seeded this Saturday, we will be honoured with the presence of more species!




Friday, 22 May 2015

"ROTAVATE FOR VICTORY"

Today we rotavated an extensive area in preparation for planting the wild flower meadow and reseeding grass. This was an arduous task in the beating sun, reminding one of the Kipling's veldt, whilst the ground coughed up barrow-loads of metal, wire, bricks and enough car parts to build our own kit car. Mother Earth seemed a sickly tuberculous patient expectorating her past abuse. Most areas had to be tilled twice given the difficult nature of the ground.
There was not enough time, or physical resources, to do all areas that would have benefited, but you'll see the enormous area which was covered.
Enormous thanks must be given to Jon who took a day off work to assist, when the promised help disappointingly failed to turn up on the day! Many thanks too, to Speedy Hire Services of Croydon, who donated the 8hp rotavator free-of-charge for the day and we do hope you'll reciprocate all our Sponsors' generosity and preferentially use their services over competitors. For without this local business support, the project's life blood will be cut-off and financial viability would cease.



Wednesday, 20 May 2015

"A SHORT BACK AND SIDES"


The Orchard received a trim from Grass Barbers Ltd this evening. Many thank to Ramunas and his team!


Don't they say "Never ask a barber if you need a haircut"!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Site security has been enhanced by a new Security volunteer (who also helps out with digging tasks) plus a rapid reaction vehicle...what next? Roman legionaries at the gate! Oh the mischievous fun, we, the volunteers have...it's not all arduous groundwork even in these early stages :-)
Life's is far too important to be taken seriously!
Please join us to achieve our aspirations to transform this derelict site for the benefit of the whole community...as W Somerset Maugham reported "Qui fleurit sa maison, fleurit son coeur".

Monday, 18 May 2015

ACTION DAY - 30 MAY 2015

 The next ACTION DAY will be on Saturday 30 May to get the Wild Flower meadow created. Tools and refreshments will be provided.

NEW "Garden Porsche"


It's red, open topped, fast and has a Porsche badge on the bonnet - our new "Garden Porsche" has arrived. This will make the weekly mowing both attainable and enjoyable...

UPDATE - Action Day - 16 May 2015

"There are no strangers here; only friends you haven't yet met", so opined WB Yeats and this certainly proved to be the case on Saturday. Approximately 50 residents came together in response to a call for volunteers to transform the site and they toiled through the afternoon sun to complete the final ground work.

New friendships were formed and the sense of community was noticeable enhanced amongst this band of brothers and sisters. The group was honoured by a visit by the Mayor and the Action Day ended with a barbeque and drinks for the deserving workforce.



Having been initiated in March, the project aspires to convert 1,500 square metres of waste ground, and a flytipping eyesore, into an exciting new local leisure resource, and by now approximately 100 fruit trees and bushes have been planted, as well as decorative climbers, vegetables and rose beds. The site plans to open as a free facility over the summer, for rest and recreational activities by the local community and groups. The project also has educational and ecological briefs, to inform locals and children about food production and wildlife. Some of the fruits and vegetables will be unfamiliar to many, and a wild flower meadow is planned.

All the work and maintenance is carried out by volunteers with the support of local businesses. Further site development continues apace, and both volunteers and business support are always needed to help fulfill the dream. The next Action Day is planned for Saturday 30th May, when the wild flower meadow will be initiated.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

During 2015 we aim to develop an orchard of fruit trees and bushes, a garden of flowers and decorative shrubs, along with a wildflower meadow at one end.

This will be a leisure facility to be enjoyed by everyone, and will also provide an educational resource through informative signage and "Family Days".

This transformation has been started by an alliance of Mitcham residents, Merton Council and Sustainable Merton with the support and sponsorship of local businesses, but its long-term success now depends heavily upon further business sponsorship and local volunteers.

Volunteer to help us build the dream