The market is Kirgate Centre and is open from 11am- 3pm.
We will be selling apple chutneys and jams, and barbeque charcoal. As well as a range of stalls (previous markets have had stalls selling bread, books, prints, soaps, photograps, chocolate...) there is a cafe at the centre.
The next Shaping Spaces Programme starts on Wednesday 3rd May and runs for 12 weeks.
The course runs on Wednesdays and Thursdays and is open to young people aged between 16 and 25. One day is practical environmental work, with the possibility of a horticulture accrediation. The other day focuses on personal development and employability skills.
If you, or anyone you know, is interested in the course please contact Rachel Deadman
We will continue to support Forest of Bradford through to the beginning of April.
On Friday 17th March we will be planting near Draughton, on the hills above Addingham.
We will also be joining Forest of Bradford on Friday 31st March and Friday 7th April. We wil be setting off at 9.30 am on both of these days so plaese arrive early. The next programme should be ready to distribute in the next couple of weeks.
Thanks to everyone who ignored the weather on Sunday morning and decided to come to Apple Day. The reward was a lovely, and unexpectedly, sunny afternoon.
We hope you enjoyed your visit to the orchard. A number of people commented how much the trees have developed in recent years. So far we have harvested 597Kg of apples this year. I think we are likely to equal or exceed last year's harvest of 689Kg but 2013 wil remain the record at 867Kg.
If you want some apples - the varieties we have will all store for two or more months - please get in touch. We do not have suitable storage so we want them to go to good homes now to ensure minimum wastage. We are open to ideas about distribution, but we are suggesting mixed boxes of 5 or 10 Kg, for £10 or £20 respectively.
The Keswick Codlin (a cooker) need using now so happy to supply these at a reduced rate. You can puree and freeze, or make fruit leather, or jam, or jelly, or pies, or cakes.....
Sovereign Health Care Charitable Trust have given funding to Bradford Apple Group to support practical management of the orchard.
This grant, directed towards BEES as managers of the orchard, first supported some of the summer work; restrictive pruning of the cordons and espaliers, mulching the trees to control the vegetation growth and mowing the paths through the grass.
We will continue to benefit from this grant by the support it offers for the autumn tasks of cutting the areas of long grass (left long through the summer to provide habitat for the predators of pests in the orchard), repairing seating and of course harvesting the fruit. It will also support the winter pruning and some hedge laying.
Scheduled volunteer days at the orchard; Friday 23rd September and Friday 14th October