Bude Friends of the Earth were joined by a host of helpers at the Community Orchard at Neetside last weekend, as planting of the apple trees got underway. Saturday’s planting session was cancelled due to an awful weather forecast – but the orchard got off to a flying start on Sunday with 18 of the 33 new trees planted. Many of those that came along had sponsored a tree as part of the Crowdfunder appeal that ran through October and November last year. Tree sponsors were able to pick their tree from a list of 33 different varieties, all chosen to suit the Cornish climate.
Starting at 10.30 around 30 people watched as Rob Meredith (Bude Friends of the Earth group co-ordinator) demonstrated how to plant the trees. Each of the holes were dug and then the soil was enriched with organic peat-free compost and a powder containing mycorrhizal fungi to help the roots get established. The trees were then placed in and the enriched soil filled in around the roots. Afterwards the trees were mulched with manure and the orchard volunteers were able to tuck in to some well-earned homemade cakes.
There are further planting sessions planned for next weekend – the 17th and 18th February – starting at 10.30 and continuing until 12.30, weather permitting. Last weekend’s session was cancelled due to heavy rain and quagmire ground.