Sat 30 June 2018 13:00 – 16:00 BST
Wakefield College - Advanced Skills & Innovation Centre. Margaret Street, Wakefield. WF1 2DH
This is the event for anyone interested in community orchards and gardens in Wakefield & Leeds areas.
* If you are a group already helping to care for a community orchard in the Leeds or Wakefield areas then you can request up to £400 to help you run an orchard event in 2018 or maintain and improve your orchard. Full details here. Final deadline is 20 June, but submissions before 31 May will get a free, beautiful bug hotel/palace, made by TCV.
* If you are interested in starting a community orchard in the Wakefield district area then you can take part in our (friendly) “Dragon’s Den” challenge to pitch for an orchard starter pack. Full details here.
* If you are just interested in community orchards, come along as well.
Registration is essential. Please use the green register button at the top of this page. If you register in May and you’ll recieve a free, lovely bamboo notebook and pen.
10:00 Registration and refreshments
10:30 Introduction to the day and welcome by the Mayor of Wakefield.
10:45 Short pitches from 10 orchard groups for up to £400 and voted on by other orchard carers in the Wakefield & Leeds areas.
11:30 Wakefield groups pitch for community orchard starter pack.
12:00 Lunch provided by a Real Junk Food Project. Also cider tasting (tbc).
1:00 Pam Warhurst (Incredible Edible Todmorden)
1:30 Lots of workshops including:
5 golden rules of composting – with Mark Warner (Plate2Plate Compost)
foraging walk – Chris Macefield
Fruit trees: propogation; planting; pampering; pruning; picking & processing; people to help – Alan Thornton
How to get an Incredible Edible group going and growing – Andy Austerfield
Exclusive test play with new 3D orchard design kit – Dan Hasler & Fergus Walker
3:30 Celebration of results of vote.
Mark Simmonds will available to share advice on co-operative and community enterprise.
If you have a workshop you would like to offer or need please contact Andy (07971 098510) or Alan (07730 216943).
In the morning we will be hearing proposals from community orchard groups around the Leeds & Wakefield areas requesting up to £400 to help run an orchard event or maintain/ improve their orchard.
Orchard groups will have 4 minutes to convince the audience, of other orchard carers, that they deserve a share of the £2500 on offer. The winning groups will be decided by audience vote on the day.
We will also hear from community groups in the Wakefield district pitching for an orchard starter pack of 10 fruit trees (and all the guards, posts, ties, mulch, etc needed).
In the afternoon we will be learning from experts with great ideas to make orchards, community gardens and the area more fruitful and edible.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does my commmunity orchard request some funds? Full infomation and proposal form is here.
Is this event for community gardens as well as orchards? Yes! It’s just most of our funding is for orchards. But there’s so much overlap we didn’t want seperate events!
Do I have to stay for the whole day? No! You are busy people so come for the parts you can.
Travel: Wakefield College is central to the city and is only 5 minutes walk from Wakefield Westgate train station and Wakefild Bus Station. There is free cycle and car parking behind the building. Map
Food: The Real Junk Food Project will be providing a delicious vegetarian and vegan lunch. If you have specific dietary requirements please get in touch.
Cost: The Fruitful Communities event is free to people involved in groups caring for community gardens and orchards in the Leeds or Wakefield areas. Everyone else is welcome but needs to book and make a £10 contribution towards the costs of lunch and the day.
Childcare: We are not providing childcare. If this means you are unable to attend and participate please talk to Alan on 07730 216943 to see what we can do.
Access to participation: The venue is wheelchair accessible. It doesn’t have a Hearing Induction Loop avaiable. If you have specific requirements to help you participate fully please let firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com know.
Questions: The event is being coordinated by Alan Thornton (the Helping Britain Blossom project manager for Leeds) and Andy Austerfield (Incredible Edible Wakefield). Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org (07971 098510) or email@example.com (07730 216943), and preferably by phone.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?