Orchard and Wild Foods and Food Security – walk and talk

7th October – after the event:

Thanks to everyone who came. We were lucky with the weather and lucky that Peter could step in to show us around the orchard and tell us a bit about its history. Thanks to Joanne for giving us a great introduction to forest gardens. I hope we’ll arrange more orchard visits in the near future and more food events too.

eating apples

I hope you will be able to take advantage of this opportunity to visit the orchard in Holywells park and to hear about the ongoing plans for orchards in Ipswich.

We meet on Wednesday 6th October at 5.15 (for 5.30) by the Stable Block in Holywells (Cliff Ln, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 9DE) and spend half to three-quarters of an hour exploring the orchard and looking at wild food species. We also hope to be joined by a member of The Friends of Holywell park who is knowledgeable about wild plants.

We meet again in UCS Waterfront Building (Room W209) from 6.30 pm for two short talks on orchards in Ipswich and forest gardens. The speakers are Laura Whitfield and Joanne Brannan. Laura is a wildlife officer with Ipswich Borough Council and is at present working on improving and expanding the orchards in several Ipswich parks. She is interested in the role of big trees and local varieties and their effects upon biodiversity.

Joanne is a writer and farmer who has recently set up the The Oak Tree Low-Carbon Farm just outside Ipswich. She hopes to create an orchard and forest garden which will involve members of the community in some capacity. She is particularly interested in the issues of sustainability and food security in the era of peak oil.

The talks will be from approximately 6.30 to 7.45. There should be time for a brief discussion on the issues raised. All welcome. If you cannot make the first part of the meeting in the park, please feel free to just come to the talks in UCS. This is a free event but any donations to Transition Ipswich will be put to good use and will probably go towards developing more orchards for Ipswich.

Here is a link to a map of Holywells Park with the entrances marked. The Stable Block is near the Cliff lane entrance.

About Rona

I'm interested in orchards and in improving cycling facilities so that more people feel safe to cycle more of the time. I would also like to help exchange skills for green living. I helped start and continue to help run a community orchard on one of the allotments in south Ipswich. I also run a website on green living - www.greenfootsteps.com. This is a worldwide website and anyone with a skill to share or an insight into green living methods and ideas is welcome to submit articles.
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