News & Events

Autumn 2014 News & Events 

Another year has rolled by , the AGM was held  in Kempshott Village Hall on 19th October –  the  AGM documents can be found in our Archives.

The notable event this year is another extensive scraping and reseeding exercise in Down Grange Meadow.  The result is much mud ( sorry, park users – the weather was very wet but we had a deadline to meet) –  but it will get better we assure you.

There will not be a lot to see in Spring 2015 but  by 2016 it  should start to look as good as the triangle to the south which was similarly treated  3 years ago –  and look at it now!


Autumn 2013 News & Events

The 2013 AGM is over and done with  (you can view  the AGM report and accounts via the Miscellaneous section) and the 2013-14 working season is truly underway now – all work party dates for this season  are listed in the Work Party Section.

Our most notable  event this year will be the planting of two  memorial trees along the  pathway  from Kendal Gardens to Derwent Road in association with Kempshott and District Residents Association. Further details will be posted  on this website among other  channels when  dates are known.

Community Orchard News – August Bank Holiday 2013

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The Autumn 2013  fruit harvest will be modest. A wonderfully hot and dry summer has been great for flowers and people – but  the extended cold Spring meant that  there were few insects around to pollinate fruit trees and a cold wind from the north-eas to make matters worse.

The gorgeously hot summer has been great for  the flowers and people. The insect population has partly recovered but  the low  levels of  insects  earlier in the year mean that several fruit trees are bearing no fruit or very low yields. Where  there were early signs of fruit  we have lost  some of the crop over the dry summer – this affected the pears particularly.

– very few plums ( no greengages or red plums), few crab apples and few pears.

– the apple  trees have  fruit – the big old Bramley apple  is again full of fruit but the fruit is still quite small –  it need a lot of rain in the next few weeks to plump it up  ready for picking at the end of September.

– the good news in all this gloom is a magnificent  blackberry crop.

– the medlars are also doing well – perhaps we should learn to love medlars as they crop very reliably.

If you are picking blackberries  please observe the conservation code:

– if it is too high to reach – it belongs to the birds                                                                                                    (do not pull stems down to  get at the fruit)

– if it falls to the ground  – it belongs to the field mice                                                                                               (do not pick it up)

– everything in between  you may have –  enjoy!


Dates for the 2013-2014 Work Party Season will be posted shortly.

The 2012-13 work party season is completed



Month Type of work/event Location Times


October TBA Down Grange Meadow 10.00 – 12.30pm


October TBA Old Orchard 2.00pm – 4.30pm


October TBA Old Hedgerow 10.00 – 12.30pm


November TBA Old Orchard 2.00pm – 4.30pm


November Official opening of Jubilee Copse Down Grange Meadow 10.00 – 12.30pm


November TBA Old Hedgerow 2.00pm – 4.30pm


December TBA Down Grange Meadow 10.00 – 12.30pm


December TBA Old Orchard 2.00pm – 4.30pm


January TBA Old Hedgerow 2.00pm – 4.30pm


January TBA Down Grange Meadow 10.00 – 12.30pm


January TBA Old Orchard 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Meeting Points:

  • For the Old Hedgerow we meet at the southern end of the footpath between Coniston Road and the sports grounds;
  • For Down Grange Meadow we meet at the gate into the Meadow by St Marks’ Church;
  • For the Old Orchard we meet at the park end of Kendal Gardens (car parking in Derwent Road).