What’s happening?

The orchard is for the whole community. We need your help to make it a success!

We hold work parties at the orchard, usually on the third Saturday of each month.

Most of these events take place at the orchard site. See the map page for directions.

  • The next work party at the orchard will be on Saturday March 17 at 10am

Past Events:

Visit the Gallery page for photographs of these events.


  • On December 16 we weeded and tidied, and fixed and adjusted stakes and ties.
  • Apple Day this year was on October 14. See the Apple Day web page for details.
  • On September 23 we weeded and tidied.
  • On August 19 we weeded and tidied. On the following day we held a grafting workshop, to learn the t-budding technique. We grafted onto the rootstock on which the spring grafting has not taken.
  • On July 15 we weeded and tidied, and trained the espaliers.
  • On June 17 we thinned fruit, managed aphids and weeded.
  • On May 20 we weeded and tidied.
  • “A Bite of the Apple” is the name of a talk that Baslow’s acclaimed, Michelin-starred chef,  Max Fischer, gave on 27 April at our AGM.
  • On 22 April we weeded and added mulch to the trees.
  • On the weekend of 18 and 19 of March we pruned the trees, and grafted a further batch of trees using the pruned material.
  • We planted new trees on Over Lane on 21 January.


  • Weeded on Saturday 19 November.
  • Apple Day on Saturday 21 October 2016 was the best ever!See the Apple Day page for details.
  • Prepared 9 holes for new apple trees along Over Lane, on Saturday 17 September.
  • Pruned trees on Saturday August 27.
  • Thinned fruit and weeded. Visited the grafted trees, on Saturday June 18.
  • Weeded and tidied, and admired the spring blossom on Saturday May 21.
  • Weeded and tidied on Saturday April 16.
  • New trees arrived and were planted on Saturday March 12 at 10am. We also pruned the existing trees.
  • The next day, Sunday March 13 we held a grafting workshop, which was an opportunity for us to learn this old skill. We grafted cuttings from the previous day onto bare rootstock, then planted these to leave for another year.


  • The Apple Day was on October 10 – see photos .
  • Saturday September 19 – weeded and tidied and sampled the apples!
  • Saturday July 2015 –
  • Saturday May 20 – weeded and tidied. Watered trees
  • Saturday April 18 – weeded and tidied. Watered trees.
  • Saturday March 21 – trained espaliers and mulched trees.
  • Saturday February 21 – pruned the trees and added mulch.


  • Saturday December 6: Planting the new trees along Over Lane.
  • Apple Day – Saturday October 18 – visit the Apple Day page for photos!
  • Saturday, August 2. Work party to do some pruning and start training the espalier trees.
  • Treasure Hunt and BBQ on 18 June. This went off very well.
  • Work party on June 21.
  • 24 May. Public meeting and AGM.  We heard a talk from Mike Crompton of the Hayfield Community Orchard who spoke about “The Orchard in our Village”
  • 17 May. Work party to weed, tidy, fertilise, water and control aphids.
  • 22 February. We weeded the trees, cut the edges, mulched the trees and did any necessary pruning.
  • January 18. Planted the espalier apples, around the story circle and the bench.


  • November 16 at 10am – prepared holes for the espaliers around the story circle and bench.
  • Apple Day 2013 – a great day!
  • June – we installed the Story Circle – a pleasant place to sit and enjoy the orchard.
  • Saturday 9th March – we pruned the trees to establish their structure and future shape.


  • Saturday December 8 at 10am – we planted most of the trees.
  • Saturday 10th November – we held our first work party. We had an excellent turn-out and prepared most of the holes for the trees.
  • Saturday 24th November – our second work party completed the preparation of the holes and removed a skip fill of stones.
  • Thursday 29th November – 10.45 am. Official opening and tree planting by the Duke of Devonshire. With children from St Anne’s School, and an award of a small prize to the winner of the website logo design contest!
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