This winter has been one of caring for the trees we have already planted in the last few years, rather than planting more.
Fruit and nut trees now grow in many sites in and around Totnes, extending from Meadow close in upper Bridgetown, to a community site on the Totnes edge of the Sharpham estate [near the cycle/footpath], to the Follaton arboretum, and many places in-between.
A trail showing these various sites, and those of the Incredible Edible places, is going to be produced in these coming months with help from South Hams District Council.
We have held several days for pruning, clearing, mulching the trees we've planted, taking place during January and February 2013. All have been attended by enough volunteers to give most of our trees the attention they need, and the few remaining will be visited soon! When one or other of our tree guardians has to give up their role, others appear, most fortuitously.
It is amazing to feel that this support for seeing these trees through their young and more vulnerable years is somehow forthcoming. Thanks to all who continue to take part in this.
Specially popular events have been the pruning workshop run by Charles Staniland on Jan.27th, where he helped us in pruning the new orchard in Follaton arboretum, and showed us his way of pruning older fruit trees in Colwell wood; also a lovely sunny day of clearing and pruning fruit and nut trees on the Sharpham estate, together with the Sharpham folk and Trees for Health on Feb. 16th. As usual Sharpham provided a camp fire and soup and we were cheered by children and dogs helping us on.
Remember on-going tree events happen at the Tree Nursery on the Follaton arboretum on the first Sunday of every month from 10-12.00pm. From this initiative , a forest garden in being planned in the Arboretum, and we hope that the planting of wind-protecting edible hedge trees and shrubs will happen there on Sunday March 17th from 10.0 am as part of the national Big Dig week.