On a sunny, hot spring morning, five of us got together at the top of the rugby pitch to look after the fruit trees we'd planted there last year (and the year before). Brambles, nettles, docks and high grass had already been cut down around the trees by our scythe-meister, Andi, the previous evening, so we could immediately access the trees without difficulty. Helen had brought a wheelbarrow full of tools, and was joined by Kate, Hilary, Jane and Anita wielding secateurs, rakes, a couple of saws (rather blunt! Must get 'em sharpened at the next repair cafe!) and a stepladder.
We raked up the cut scythed pieces, pruned some overhanging trees, gave the cherry trees a light prune to remove any crossing over and inward pointing branches, and loosened a few ties to prevent rubbing, even removing the stakes that were rubbing on three. We left all the rabbit proof mesh guards on. There were quite a lot of immature green cherries, so hopefully there will be some for us to pick this year. We will post on our Facebook page when they are ripe, so you can pick some yourself.