In 2009 we had a really productive year our 4 (in Bold) main
The July Open Day with the Big Green Bus joining us following its much valued visit to the Primary School. About 150 people came to the day, we had a big display of electric transport and there is more about in the village. It would be good if we could include some stories of residents’ experience of their electric bikes, scooters and hybrids.
The Colwall Car Club is now
running well with a steady trickle of new members joining, if you
haven’t checked out the benefits for you, get in touch or have a look
at www.greener.colwall.info/carclub. Transport is about a third of our
Carbon Footprint (home energy and food being the other thirds) so we
welcome any opportunity to create ways of making it more effective for
Our Home Energy Advice & Assistance Scheme (HEA&AS) has the potential for giving good Carbon Footprint and money saving gains. Some residents are already reporting warmer more comfortable rooms, lower bills and the excitement of seeing that the Solar Thermal tubes are delivering 30 degree hot water on a cold but sunny winters day for free. Our local Solar installer is reporting a steady stream using him to install their systems. We still have a couple of months to spend the (HEA&AS) grant for this financial year and in particular the handyman allowance to help people with draught proofing and loft lagging where there are difficulties that prevent the national contractors from doing the job for you, like moving stuff or existing loft boarding.
There are a couple of householders who asked us to look at their house and we have lost their contact details so if you haven’t heard from us get in contact.
We are also hoping to start Thermal Imaging of homes (with the Energy Group of Transition Malvern Hills TMH) to find the places where the biggest heat losses are, let us know if you would like to join this trial. We have also joined TMH in a Low Carbon Communities Bid concerning home energy.
The fourth area that we have been heavily involved with is the Transition Malvern Hills initiative both through our own film shows and talks and with them in Malvern and surrounding villages. On the Friday 19th March at 7.30pm in Colwall Village Hall we are doing an event where you can hear more about this very positive way of facing the inevitable future difficulties of adaption to Climate Change & Peak Oil, please join us.
If you are interested in seeing how the press is slowing catching on the looming problem of Peak Oil, check out this recent link that shows that the IEA oil production figures are overstated:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/nov/09/peak-oil-international-energy-agency each year they progressively tighten the Peak Oil date trying to slowly bring awareness, as I guess they are so worried that telling the truth would cause panic (as it will).
Colwall Apple day
Saturday 17th October
at Colwall Cricket Ground
11.00: Decorate your wheelbarrows*, load them up with spare apples and meet us on Colwall Green outside the School for a procession to the Cricket Ground – led by the wonderful Outdoor Capering Crew.
11:30: Events start at the Cricket Ground:
Morning: Performance by Outdoor Capering Crew, Apple juicing*, Apple games
Lunchtime: Pig roast, cakes and bar
Afternoon: Performance by Outdoor Capering Crew, Apple juicing, Apple games,
Fruit Identification with John Edgeley*
*Wheelbarrows: use your imagination and decorate them on an orchard fruit theme. Prizes for the best wheelbarrows.
*Apple juicing: bring your spare apples (in your wheelbarrow) and help us crush and press them into juice for you to take away.
*Fruit Identification: please bring 3 mature, unbruised samples together with a spray of leaves from a young shoot. It would help if you could download a form and fill in details of the tree beforehand and bring a photo of the tree. Fruit identification sheet
Note: parking will be available at the Village Hall
The Worcestershire Council seems to have done a thermal imaging aerial survey of the county down to individual house level. I wish Herefordshire would do the same!
A drawing from one of our earliest visitors to the Colwall Greener open day.
Saturday 2nd May
Bring a picnic and join us for some family fun, based around a geodesic dome at Broadwood Orchard, off Walwyn Road – (follow signs).
Brave early risers can start with a leisurely, child friendly Dawn Chorus walk through the Colwall Orchards, which should be full of blossom and birds. Starting from the Chase Inn car park at 6am, returning in time for breakfast at the Chase Inn at 8, and led by Tim Dixon, our very own Bird Brain of Britain. Book with Tim or Helen on 540569
Moving down to Broadwood Orchard, we will have lots of activities in and around a geodesic dome. Come and join the fun (no booking needed)
Marie Therese King and Sarah Jones of Eekbatik will be running art activities for children. Bring any spare scraps of fabric, favourite outgrown clothes etc if you have them. (Morning only – 10.30 to 1.30)
Dr Roger Key, the Mad Bug Man of TV fame, will lead bug hunts for kids and grown-ups (3 sessions starting at 10.30, 11.30 and 1.30)
and of course – bring your picnic lunch and join us under the cherry trees for the Colwall Big Blossom Picnic.
10.30 to 1.30 Children’s art activities
10.30 & 11.30 Guided walk and Kids’ Bug hunt
12.30 to 1.30 Big Blossom Picnic
1.30 to 2.30 Guided walk and Kids’ bug hunt
All day: Tree pruning demos and Nature Trail Quiz
Volunteers from the Colwall Orchard Group were out again on 23rd January, to learn how to rebalance and rescue neglected fruit trees, wtih trainer Tim Dixon from Natural England. After an introduction to the live cycle and aging processes of trees, and the group set out to work on those trees most in need of rescue- many leaning and top heavy. If you would like to join the group and help to save more orchard trees, please contact Helen Stace on 01684 540569
Here are some photos from the day (more…)
As the Saturday morning hoarfrost started to thaw, an intrepid band of 20 volunteers gathered at Fortune’s Gate to meet trainer Marc Richmond, for a lesson on tree pruning. After an introductory talk on tree pruning we all got stuck in using our newly acquired tools. After spending the morning working on cider trees, we moved to Cummin’s Farm to tackle older neglected trees. Here are some photos from the day. (more…)
The latest edition of the Colwall Orchard Group Winter newsletter is now available. Highlights in this issue are an item on winter birds in the orchards, details of our public events and info on our programme of orchard management.