|Apiary on the orchard.|
Equally, apples are ready to pick much earlier. So much so, that at times its only the number of fallers, or apples pecked by birds that has signalled that its time to pick.
We continue to work on the orchard on Thursday evenings, and this year have welcomed four new volunteers; Stuart, Caroline and Chris and Dawn. I'm always interested to know what brings people to the orchard, and importantly, why they keep coming. For Caroline and Chris, who live in the city centre their visits to volunteer on the orchard provide a break from city centre living: "I know that for us when we can get out it's a connection with nature that we don't get living in a block of flats, and it always de-stresses us."
Here are some other pictures from the orchard taken recently.
|Fruit arch, recently summer pruned.|
|The long fenceline with vertical cordon trees.|