Foraging with Mark Williams – bringing the wild alive in us by taste and discovery. A taste adventure. At this time of year in the orchard we can see the fruits beginning to form on the trees and the fruit bushes – but we have the whole summer to wait until the main harvest. This is […]
With the recent warm weather spring is most definitely well on its way and soon you’ll be bathed in blossom, we love nothing more than gathering our community orchard teams, their local community a few performers and most definitely a face painter for an cracking springtime picnic. Inspired by the Japanese tradition of ‘Hanami’ meaning […]
“Orchards? – That’s no job for a lady!”. Really?! One of our Orchard Mentors and CICO graduate, Cath Palgrave, tackles gender discrimination in the fruit-growing realm, by taking at look at the pivotal role women have played in orchards throughout history. One evening, while waiting for the bus, I got chatting to a man at […]
Cath Palgrave is a proud graduate of our Certificate in Community Orcharding, an in-depth, level 3 orchard management course. She shares her path from discovering the joys of orchards to assisting others in establishing community fruit growing projects. Find out why her involvement led her to sign up for our Membership scheme. The first time […]
We’ve all seen the word ‘craft’ on cider and ale labels, but what does it really mean? Here’s our chief Cider Maker, Rosa Fletcher, to unpick the question and explain why our own Local Fox is really quite a unique, ‘craft-y’ character!
What do Bismarck, Lord Derby and Arthur W Barnes have in common? (Answer below the image…) …They are all heritage apple varieties that go into our hand-pressed London juice and cider! One of the many things which makes our Local Fox Cider so unique, is that it’s made entirely of apples and pears grown […]
We’ve already had a couple of training sessions (formative and restorative pruning) and with grafting coming up (bench and top). Helping Britain Blossom are helping five orchards graft 400 trees this year. That’s involved a lot of collecting graft wood (whilst pruning) and getting some grafting pliers. We’re also going to give the nifty Scionon […]
That complex rooty smell in the evening and that creeping park mist in the morning give us a hint that it might be time to admit the inevitable – autumn is upon us. But what happened to summer? An unpredictable summer has presented challenges for many orcharding tasks and kept us all in Shakespearian angst: […]