We are arranging a tour of orchards in the northern reaches of Gloucestershire – we’ll cross the border into southern Herefordshire, so you’ll need to have your passport with you and had all the necessary jabs – and have set a date of Friday 26th April.
The date has been chosen in the hope and expectation that many of the fruit trees in the orchards we’ll visit will be in blossom, the likelihood of which is enhanced that the orchards we’ll be visiting contain both perry pear and apple trees … (but the presence or otherwise of blossom is, of course, determined by natural forces, well beyond the control of the Trustees).
Price per person: £20
Details of the itinerary will be confirmed in due course, but the current plan is as follows:
– Meet at Henley Bank, Brockworth, at 10:00.
– Tour of Henley Bank orchards
– Visit two orchards in an around Dymock and Bromesberrow
– Visit orchards in Putley and / or Preston Cross
– Tour of an orchard in Overbury
– Tour of an orchard in Winchcombe
– Return to Henley Bank, Brockworth at 16:00.
We can have a maximum of 15 people. To reserve your place please contact either David Lindgren David.firstname.lastname@example.org or Martin Hayes email@example.com
It may not look much more than a gate, but this gate now allows safe pedestrian access to our perry orchard at Henley Bank Brockworth, Gloucestershire, which in turn enables volunteers to help manage the orchard, so the process of returning the orchard to something approaching its former glory can now begin in earnest. Many thanks to our treasurer Andy Ellis and his friend Richard for spending a weekend buying the materials and spending the time to get this job done.
Meanwhile, elsewhere at Henley Bank, Andy Ellis is also largely responsible for creating this ‘dead hedge’ and for all the clearing work that created the raw material from which it is made. It shows that we are making progress in restoring the orchard, making it a more welcoming and safer environment in which the local community will soon be able to join us in our volunteering work.
Note the cup of tea, resting atop the red post-banger, above David’s (our Chair of trustees) right shoulder. A hot cup of tea after an hour’s brisk and energetic work in an old traditional orchard is one of life’s pleasures.
Business, speakers and optional walk around GOT’s new Henley Bank Orchard. Brockworth Community Hall, Court Road, Brockworth GL3 4ET https://brockworth-pc.gov.uk/
10.30am-11.45am Business and AOB/Question Time then joint presentation by Megan Finn Project Officer for “Treescapes” and Meyrick Brentnall.
Meyrick is a GOT trustee who is the lead for Henley Bank orchard and also works for Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT).
There will then be a walk to/around GOT’s new Henley Bank Orchard.
No charge for the AGM.
Spaces will be very limited at the community hall itself (and there will be a group using our main hall afterwards so please don’t leave cars there after the meeting). Traffic wardens operate at the local shops. Best to park in the street. For the orchard visit, after the meeting, you can park on Mill Lane or in the small parking area directly opposite the secondary school or unofficially at Brockworth Garden Centre (A46 almost opposite the orchard), but please note we do not have specific permission for the garden centre. It is one mile from the community hall to the orchard main gate. The entrance to the orchard is currently the field gate on the A46. From Mill Lane, there is a shortish walk left up the A46, pavement most of the way, but rough verge for some of the A46 part (unless we cross the road, but we will need to cross back again). Trustees will help guide people to the car park and orchard. There is room for just one car at the orchard gate – we can arrange lifts direct to there from Mill Lane if needed.
Please check the GOT website for any changes nearer the time
Please note that as GOT has only quite recently acquired the orchard, it is still quite overgrown and it is the nesting season until 1 September. The ground is uneven and damp in places. Wellies needed! But it is a lovely place and we would be delighted to see you and have a chat about our plans. Ann will not be there at the AGM, but the event will be run by our trustees. (Andy Ellis, our treasurer, will be acting membership secretary by then).
Contractors Greenfields were on site at 0800 to start clearing around some of the trees and enable us to assess them, manage them and, ultimately, crop the fruit.
The work will take a few days to complete and the site won’t be open for general access for a while yet as we have to assess tree safety.
Many thanks to Meyrick Brentnall for masterminding this stage of the works.
Some pictures from our visit to Henley Bank orchard, following our AGM on 14th May.
All members are welcome to join us for our AGM on Saturday 14 May 2022 at Brockworth Community Hall, Court Road, Brockworth GL3 4ET https://brockworth-pc.gov.uk/
10.30am-11.30am Business and AOB/Question Time to be followed by a walk to/around GOT’s new Henley Bank Orchard.
This will be the first AGM since before the pandemic and will be very informal this year.
We hope to provide coffee but there will probably be no books for sale this time (books for sale on the GOT website bookshop all year round).
No charge for the AGM. Parking is tricky. Spaces are very limited at the community hall itself (and there is a group using our main hall afterwards so please don’t leave cars there after the meeting). The parking outside the local shops is time restricted and patrolled by traffic wardens, so if there is no space at the Community Hall please park a little further up the street.
To visit the orchard at Henley Bank afterwards it is best to move your car rather than walk (it’s about a mile). There is a new gravelled car park on Mill Lane opposite Henley Bank High School where we can park most cars. From there it’s a shortish walk to the orchard along Mill Lane and left up the A46, pavement most of the way, but rough verge for some of the A46 part (unless we cross the road, but we will need to cross back again). Committee members will help guide people to the car park and orchard. There is room for just one car at the orchard gate – we can arrange lifts direct to there from Mill Lane if needed.
Please note that as GOT has only just acquired the orchard it is very overgrown and it is the nesting season until September. The ground is uneven and damp in places. But it is a lovely place and we would be delighted to see you and have a chat about our plans.
We are delighted to announce that we have now completed the acquisition of Henley Bank Orchard, at Brockworth. It has been a long process transferring the ownership from the developers, but is now finalised!
The orchard, adjoining the new developments along Mill Lane Brockworth, is to be managed as a community orchard rather than public open space, and we will be working up plans for management and access soon.
The 2.5 acres (1 hectare) site, with many mature perry pears, is very overgrown at present so we are not encouraging visitors at all yet, but will be taking members there after our AGM in Brockworth on 14th May.
The pictures below were taken in March 2021.
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