Members of the Chorleywood Community Orchard have been hard at work maintaining the fruitful forest through the Autumn season.
The Community Orchard was set up in 2008 in the grounds of Chorleywood House, with 140 apple, plum and cherry trees, many of which are grow rare Hertfordshire-based varieties of the fruits.
It was created to try and reverse a trend of fruit trees disappearing in the village, keeping local apple varieties such as the Brownlees Russet and the Bushey Grove alive for new generations.
Heading down to the orchard on a wet Saturday, October 8, the team were joined by the scarecrows recently made by the Chorleywood Beavers the night before, with them provide fun comfort for the working party.
Kathleen Waller, resident and organiser of the event, said: “It was a beautiful morning and we managed to carry out all the tasks on the list. We were rewarded with homemade fruit cake and apple juice pressed from the Orchard apples.
“Many thanks to all the volunteers who turned up and helped.”
More volunteers are always wanted to get involved, and with another working party coming up and a stall selling mulled wine and apple juice being organised for the Christmas period, there’s never been a better time to join. You can do so by contacting Kathleen at 07821 800057.