News

Bradford Apple Day 2016

Apple Day is nearly here.

It will be held at Bowling Park Community Orchard on Sunday 16th October from midday until 4pm.

We will be pressing apples to make fresh juice. Please bring along your spare apples to add to the press.

There will be horticultural advice and a chance to buy apples from the orchard and jams and chutneys made from our fruit.

Bring your friends and family to join in with the games, activities and enjoy a variety of fruity cakes and treats.

Sovereign Health Care support work at the orchard

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

A full list of volunteer tasks can be viewed on the volunteer page

 Sovereign Health Care Charitable Trust

Autumn conservation dates

Have a look at the conservation volunteer page to see where the task programme will take us over the next couple of months. 

Friday 13th May

Unlucky for some!

Sorry, we have had to cancel Friday's trip to St Ives. We will go in June instead.

Sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment. 

Friday 1st April

Change of destination for tree planting - we will be going to Hepworth near Holmfirth (ground too wet in Otterburn...not enough trees!)

Shaping Spaces programme starts on 13th April

The second Shaping Spaces programme starts on Wednesday 13th April.

It is a 12 week course for 16-25 year olds and runs on Wednesday and Thursdays, 10am-3.30pm.

During the course participants will learn practical horticultural and conservation skills as well as having an opportunity to work on personal goals such as confidence building, working with others and CV writing. 

The sessions will be a mix of indoor at Culture Fusion and outdoor at community and wildlife settings in Bradford.

Please get in touch if you are interested and want to discuss this further, or pass this information onto anyone who you think the course would suit.

rob.ashford@bradfordymca.org.uk
rachel.deadman@bradfordymca.org.uk

01274 371303 

Friday 18th March

We are planting near Roper Lane, Queensbury this Friday.

We will be on a hillside so make sure you have supportive footwear. 

The new task programme will be ready soon  - keep an eye on the volunteer programme page as dates are confirmed. 

BEES Birthday

September sees the 30th anniversary of BEES delivering environmental education activities in Bradford.

We will kick off our celebration with cake at BEES Urban Nature Reserve on Tuesday 15th September 2.30-4.30pm. 

We will also aknowledge the landmark achievement at the Orchard on Friday 18th September. We have our conservation task there that day so drop in at any time between 11am and 3pm, though best bet for cake would be lunch time. 

Apple Day 2015

A date for your diary - Sunday 18th October 12 noon til 4pm at the orchard.

Keep up to date with information about the event on the Apple Day page

Friday 1st May

If you are planning to celebrate May Day by meeting us at Boar's Well, please be aware that we will be parking at the end of the reserve nearest the City Centre. Meet us by the gate next to the garage on Coleman Street.
Syndicate content