An update from Birmingham – Autumn 2015
Find out what Helping Britain Blossom have been getting up to in Birmingham
Helping Britain Blossom launched in Birmingham in February and we quickly got stuck in, planting a vast new orchard of nearly one hundred fruit trees at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham to serve the patients and staff of the hospital, as well as the local community.
In March we planted two more community orchards, one with The Friends of Edgbaston Reservoir by the reservoir itself, and another with The Friends of Perry Hall Park, this orchard is the first we’ve planted surrounded by a moat!
Fast forward a few months, the trees were spreading their roots and we were spreading our knowledge with a busy and successful day of Orchard Leader training in August. The fruit trees of Birmingham now have a growing group of committed people ready to care for them in every way.
During the training, we spent time studying common pests and diseases of fruit trees, orchard histories, and discussing opportunities to work with local people at each orchard across Birmingham. We also enjoyed an afternoon in the fresh air tending to the new trees at Edgbaston Reservoir. It’s always surprising how pleasurable lugging water around and pushing barrow-loads of mulch can be!
As winter approaches we are looking forward to planting more orchards in Birmingham, with locations already confirmed for fruit trees in Sutton Coldfield, Sheldon Country Park and Fox Hollies Park. Many new groups will be working with us to plant their own community orchards, and we’ll soon be selecting the best fruit trees for each new location, that’s when the real fun begins.
Here’s to a fruitful winter of digging, planting, soup in the rain, muddy boots and rosy, smiling faces!