Apple Day 30/9/18

Apple Day was celebrated for the third time on Sunday at St Ives Community Orchard. The event was enjoyed by hundreds of people from St Ives and beyond. This year Apple Day had the feel of a festival with stalls ranging from ‘bat the rat’ to foraged based cocktails. There were a variety of crafts […]

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Harvest Celebration 21/9/18

To celebrate the autumn equinox we had a little celebration at the orchard on Friday 21st September 2018 with fairy lights & fire. We put up festoon lights and solar fairy lights around our elder tree, all lights supplied by Jabula Tents. We cooked up about 20 pizzas plus apple crumble & apple cake in […]

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Apple Day 2018 invitation

The St Ives Community Orchard team would like to invite everyone to come along to our third Apple day, an annual celebration of apples, autumn, orchards & community. This fun, free event is being held on Sunday, 30th September, 2 – 7pm.  Activities There will be lots of activities for everyone to enjoy; You will be able […]

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Swarming bees & who to call

If you see a swarm of bees have settled in an area that isn’t great for bees to live, and you’d like someone to come take it away, you can find a swarm collector on https://www.bbka.org.uk/swarm. Put in your postcode and suggested numbers will come up. This is what popped up for St Ives summer 2018 […]

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Willow weaving workshop / Egg hunt / Den Building

We are having our first willow weaving workshop at the orchard in the Easter holidays, Thursday 5th April.  Learn living willow techniques and weave a sculptural willow tree to plant in your own garden or keep in a pot.  £20 per tree. Or make a dreamcatcher from willow, wool and feathers. £5. Book your place. Max participants […]

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Our second Wassail 2018

Sunday 14 January saw around two hundred members of the local community come together to celebrate the annual Wassail at St Ives Community Orchard - an ancient tradition that was revived last year and, like the orchard itself, has grown healthily over the past twelve months. After weeks of incessant rain, the day and event were blessed with an […]

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Our new shed

For a few years we carried tools to the community orchard from home for our work parties and so are now so happy to have a shed where we can store all the tools and make a cup of tea. This shed as well as many of our new tools were bought with the £2000 […]

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Wassail 2018

Join us for our second Wassail at the St Ives Community Orchard. From 3pm on Sunday 14th January. Come along to enjoy, and if you fancy, you can decorate yourself with some ivy, leaves & feathers & bring along something to make a noise, like a musical instrument or a pot & spoon. Event starts at 3 but […]

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Apple Day 2017

The St Ives Community Orchard team would like to invite everyone to come along to our second Apple day, an annual celebration of apples, autumn, orchards & community. This fun, free event is being held on Sunday, 15th October, 2 – 6pm. There will be lots of activities for everyone to enjoy; music, mulled cider, big bonfire, apple games, apple food, […]

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Funding. Vote for us at Tesco!

Wonderful news. Our community orchard has been shortlisted for a public vote in Tesco’s #BagsofHelp initiative! You can vote in store 1 to 31 December for 3 chosen projects on who should receive the £1000, £2000 or £5000 awards. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales. The […]

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November work parties – DOE students

We’ve had 11 students join us for their Duke of Edinburgh volunteering over the last couple months who have been a huge help. They’ve worked hard using a variety of tools, digging,  hoeing, cutting & scything to help us clear large areas of thick overgrown brambles & weeds, as well as clearing and mulching around […]

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Dark evenings

Last week was our last Wed evening work party for awhile as it’s now too dark too early. We finished early and by the time we had all the tools together we walked home in the dark. We going to switch it to a Sat or Sunday morning, once every 2 weeks, 11 – 1pm. Will […]

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October work parties

We’ve had great turnouts at our Wednesday work parties the last couple weeks. Quite a few lovely new volunteers from our Apple day plus our DOE students as well as our few regulars. We’ve been concentrating on clearing around the trees & laying down mulch as well as clearing the outskirts of the orchard that […]

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Apple day feedback

Thank you to those of you who came along to Apple day, our very first event at the St Ives Community Orchard.  So lovely to see so many people there enjoying themselves & to get so many positive comments, it made all that hard work so worth it & we were blessed with beautiful weather.On […]

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Thank you’s for Apple day

We really appreciate all the contributions for our very first Apple day. Thank you so much to both our local Tesco and Co-op for sponsoring us £25 each of groceries for our Apple day community event. We have lots of varieties of apples, potatoes, tinfoil, butter and cheese, tea, coffee, marshmallows, treats for prizes, paper […]

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Funding from St Ives Community Fund

Thank you so much to St Ives Community Fund who has donated £450 towards our orchard. This will help us grow & continue our development of the orchard. Wonderful to have this local support. We are going to buy more much needed tools, pay for some strimming in the orchard and snacks for the hard […]

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Come along to our first Apple Day

ST IVES APPLE DAY – Sunday 9th October The merry band of volunteers at St.Ives Community Orchard, would like to invite everyone to join them at their first Apple Day on Sunday 9th October.  They have plenty of reasons to celebrate – Cornwall County Council have officially handed over the orchard lease to the group […]

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