The TTW offshoot group met for the third time on Friday 29th June, to continue with the maintenance of the community fruit patches planted in Wellington. This month we met at the community woodland behind the sports centre.
Helen arrived first and started to tentatively scythe some 6ft tall stinging nettles that had surrounded a plum tree. Once everyone else arrived, we split into groups to do different tasks; Anita, Holly and Ann pruned the plum, sweet cherry, greengage and quince trees. Viv, Marcie and Helen tackled the blueberries, pulling up grasses that were encroaching on the bush surround, and Helen scything one last patch of grass that uncovered another 3 bushes. Holly and Anita then tidied the aronias, while Ann joined in helping with the blueberries.
It was great to have 6 people all working together to get so much done. We all agreed that, it’s great to have a group that you can join in with when you are free, with no pressure to make it every month if you are busy. We’ve now had 11 different people coming to the group with an average of 5 at each session. This is really encouraging; if the group continues to grow like this, then we should be able to plant more patches of fruit in Wellington, and know we have a team of people to help maintain them. It was also lovely that everyone who came added their different experiences, and were able to work on a task that suited their abilities. Ann for instance, has more experience pruning plums, so was able to tackle a difficult tree with confidence.
If you would like to join us next time, we will be meeting on Friday 3rd August, 9-10.30am. I’m not sure where yet, we will decide where needs it most at the Sustainable Food Group meeting tomorrow, so look out for the meeting notes later in the week.