Riverside Community

Orchard

The orchard was established in 2012 by Riverside Community Council with funding from Forth Environment Link and has been going strong ever since!

Every month we spend a little bit of time nurturing and maintaining the orchard. 

Volunteering with us is a great way to meet new people within our community, it gives you a chance to learn new things and you can truly make a difference by making Riverside even more beautiful and help heal our planet at the same time.  

We meet on the last Saturday of each month at 9.30am, though due to the Coronavirus crisis all maintenance sessions have been postponed.  

No experience is necessary and all help and enthusiasm is welcome.

Enjoy some pictures of our 2020 Orchard Blossom and Fruit here, taken by Paul Dumbleton, one of our trustees.

Caring For

Our Orchard

 

November, December, January

Carry out any replanting needs

Removing any dead or fallen fruit and continue to harvest any late growing fruit

Rake up leaves and dead wood to avoid disease

Begin winter pruning

Check tree guards

Re-label trees if necessary.

February, March

 

Continue any winter pruning up until March

Apply organic mulch/feed

April, May

 

Feed trees

Commence scab control measures at bud burst

Pick off powdery mildew shoots

Hand pollinate weather if to bad for flying bees

Monitor for pests and diseases

Irrigate trees if necessary

Remove dead or dying trees

June

 

Thin numbers of fruit if prolific

Commence Summer pruning of Plums and other stoned fruit

Continue to monitor for pests and diseases.

July, August

Check guard and ties as the trees grow

Prop up any heavily laden plum branches

Continue summer pruning of apples and pears as required

Remove unwanted extension growth and suckers

Continue to monitor for pests and diseases

September, October

Harvest early fruits for immediate use

Pick and store the better quality late fruits for storage for later use

Continue to monitor for pests and diseases.

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Pruning

Remove the dead, dying and diseased wood

Eliminate crossing/rubbing branches

Prune to create an open centre or branches

Remove upright growth from the top of the tree

Cordons and restricted forms, cut back to fruiting spurs on restricted framework if not done in summer and thin our crowded spur systems

 

Our Fruit

Trees

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