Maidenhall Orchard Update – New Shed

We finally got together to put up the brand new shed after snow prevented our first attempt. Around 7 of us turned up in the warmest part of the day and we spent quite a good amount of time finalising where it would go and moving blocks and thuggish weeds so that we could get at the bare earth.

We then spent lots more time communally levelling the ground, spreading sand and laying slabs. The sand was the same sand we dug out from a metre cube hole on the day of the “Dig and Sow” event (part of the Cultural Olympiad held late last year. We hadn’t found too many amazing archaeological finds but we did excavate a fair amount of almost pure sand from only about a foot or so down.)

Lots of tricky checks with a spirit level later and the shed was ready to be put up. It was assembled in just the time it took me to leave the site for a quick food shopping session – probably only about 40 minutes! We came back in time to help nail the roof covers on and take a few snaps.
It was pleasingly level when we walked about inside it and we finished the day by getting all the windows in and the front fascia boards on just as the sun was setting.

Next task is to get the painting done so that it’s weather-tight.

The shed was funded by a grant from Suffolk Acre, who have been very helpful!

If anyone else would like to get involved please get in touch ( or come to one of the sessions. They are usually on the first Wednesday of the month and the third Sunday, from around 11 am until around 3pm. They don’t happen if the weather is bad…

the shed flat out

finding bare earth

flattening the earth

levelling the plot

the almost finished shed

Grafting course

Some of us attended an excellent grafting course with Paul Read of the Suffolk Traditional Orchards Project. I managed 5 grafted trees but it remains to be seen if any of them will take. I think we may well still have room for a few more trees around the edges. I think the time for grafting is now ending as the sap starts to rise in the trees but I’d recommend the grafting course to anyone. The courses are free but you pay a small amount for any rootstocks you take away with you.

Pictures to follow…

If you want to see grafting being done, don’t forget there’s a demonstration being hosted by the People’s Community Garden on the 14th March.

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 - 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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