Golden plum glut & September events

Golden plum glut
We’re still dealing with the overflowing plum harvest. We’ve just dropped off a couple of ‘help yourself’ boxes – one at Chiswick Library, Dukes Avenue, and one at Brentford Library. Makes great jam! If anyone else has a glut of plums or apples (or any other self-grown fruit or vegetable), they might like to do the same.

The Magical Orchard Maze is still in place there, so if you haven’t had a look yet, this might be the moment. And take a peek in the Little Free Library, there’s a constant stream of high quality books being donated and taken from the cute little house in the front garden of the library.

This week’s updates
We had a strong turnout of some twenty enthusiastic pickers for last weekend’s golden plum harvest and as it was pouring with rain the next day a steady stream of chutney and jam-making reports arrived in our in-box. We did our first apple pick, some 30kilos of big golden eaters with a light sprinkling of tiny pears (served over a bed of nettles and brambles!) and we look forward to the season getting into its stride.

We were noted in Time Out’s list of Best Foraging Groups  and we welcome those of you who’ve subscribed as a result.

Trimming the Herbal Knot Garden, Sunday 7th September at 10am
Last year we helped the Friends of Turnham Green to create a lovely herbal knot garden in the middle of the green, opposite the Town Hall. Now the time has come to trim it. Please come and help – many hands make light work … It should be a nice job as we trim off the lavender, santolina, thyme etc. And you get to keep some sweet-smelling trimmings if you wish. Bring secateurs or shears, and meet at the Knot Garden. RSVP would be nice so we get an encouraging idea if how many (or a depressing feeling of solitude!)

Breaking the Maze, Saturday 20th September
We’ll be dismantling the Magical Orchard in a few weeks time. From then (and not before!) you are invited to come and help yourself to the straw bales and wood chip from the Magical Orchard at Chiswick Library. The fruit trees will remain until the end of November – if you have any good ideas for where to plant them permanently in a public place or school playground thereafter, let us know. The veg bed, insect hotel and little free library will be staying on over the winter. The library will be holding a Breaking the Maze event with story-telling and crafts – details to follow. You can pick up the straw and woodchip any time from 20th September, as long as stocks last.

Surplus fruit?
If you have any laden fruit trees and would like some help picking, please get in touch. We’re looking for trees for our school picks which will be starting soon.

Abundance Fruit Day, Saturday 4th October
We’ll be holding our usual celebration with the Big Apple Press in action at St Michael’s & All Angels. Details to follow.yellow plums

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