News from The Orchard
On Saturday, the 2nd of July a teddy bears picnic was held at the orchard, organised by the designated Orchard Officer, Jasmine Backhouse.
Linda Fox kindly assisted this event by arranging and coordinating a small competition to name the wildflowers, also a fruit tree hunt.
The weather was beautiful and a good time was had by all.
Photography courtesy of Jasmine Backhouse.
The children all waited patiently to taste the delicious honey. Olive, her sister and her parents won the fruit tree search and received a book on wildflowers.
Robin Leggett also joined in the competition and received a wildflower bomb.
Isaac named all the wildflowers and received Busy Bee notebook.
Searching for various fruit trees.
We were all treated to a talk on honeybees by Chris Poupard.
On Friday the 18th March, villagers gathered for the planting of a tree in the church grounds to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee.
Roger Coates-Smith, retired church warden and current elder at Darsham church, planted the oak tree which had been donated by East Suffolk council.
Assisting in the planting was Jasmine Backhouse Vice chair of the parish council together with her 3 year old grandson Ralph Fleming.
Cutting back the branches on either side of the orchard and winter washing the fruit trees.
On the 20th of January a further four trees were planted at the orchard. The orchard has 66 various fruit trees and is complete.
Some of the team enjoying a cup of tea after helping plant the new fruit trees.
Replacing fence posts - 25/08/21
Orchard Fruit in August 2021
A fruiting Cherry tree in July 2021
Spring at the Orchard 2021
It was a beautiful morning at the village orchard when we planted a Walnut tree, donated by the Darsham Parish Council, in memory of Ron Reeve.
Ron took a very active part in village life, first as a serving policeman in Suffolk during which time he moved into Darsham. He served as chairman of both the parish council and the village hall committee later taking over from his wife as a historian for the village. Ron also took a very active part in the life of the church.
Ron’s son Derek, oversaw the planting of the Walnut tree and gave the tree its first watering; he then attached the label to the tree.
Ron will be sorely missed by all who knew him in Darsham, particularly at many village functions showing old photographs of the history of the village.
Jasmine writes, on the 12th of March we were lucky enough to plant 4 further fruit trees and one replacement. It was a lovely sunny day but rather cold.
We now have a total of 60 fruit trees.
Orchard For the Allotments
The Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB has received funding for a "Scattered Orchard" project for the planting of traditionally grown fruit and nut trees of local origin within or close to the ANOB.
The aim is to provide an investment for the future that will enrich the biodiversity of the villages, add a local point of interest and provide a small community harvest as well as re-instating traditional fruit trees (in particular Suffolk/Essex varieties)
We, in Darsham, were initially awarded five trees to be planted on the village land adjacent to the allotments but this number has now increased to eight, as some surrounding villages were unable to accommodate all their trees. Along with the trees we received supports, protectors and weed matting as well as advice on pruning etc.
A small group of volunteers has formed an Orchard Project team to take on the responsibility of planting, maintaining and pruning all the trees in the Orchard area. Further volunteers would be more than welcome and should contact Jasmine Backhouse, Tree Warden, on 01728 668059.
Also if anyone with a local connection would like to donate further suitable trees to add to the project they should again contact Jasmine.
On Tuesday 2nd March 2017 the latest phase of planting for the orchard took place.
A further 18 trees were added, bringing the total of trees to 41. There is room for maybe a further 10-15 trees which could be added in the future.
The Parish Council would like to pass on their thanks to :-
- Darsham Nurseries for donating 7 trees and to Aaron for help and advice.
- Botanical Nurseries for help and advice.
- Robin Leggate for donating posts, tree protectors and tags for the new trees.
- Mike Backhouse for donating matting and pegs for all 41 trees and also for producing labels showing the source and variety of each tree.
- All volunteers who showed up on the day for donating and helping plant the new trees.
Ongoing assistance with watering, weeding and general maintenance would be much appreciated, please coordinate though Cllr Jasmine Backhouse (01728 668059)
Orchard update:- February 2018
All trees were looking healthy at the last check although a couple of posts are broken.
We are in the process of ordering 8 trees donated by villagers in memory of family members. These we hope to plant on Thursday 15th March subject to weather, I will keep you updated. All help would be appreciated as usual!
We are hoping to get the grass cut in the orchard at least four times a year if George and the budget can manage it.
Orchard Update March 2018
A further 9 fruit trees were planted, making the total of 50 fruit trees in the Darsham orchard, thank you for the donated trees and and a very big thank you to the the volunteers that planted them.
Spring 2018 Trees in flower. Fruit to eat next year !
February 2019 Update
5 more trees added, planted on 19th Feb 2018.
Full list of trees and donators can be viewed on the Fruit Tree Layout page of this site.