Make a beeline for Horfield Organic Community Orchard on Sunday 18 October.
We were thrilled to welcome a late summer swarm of bees into a hive made by one of our members.
The swarm alighted on an apple tree in the allotment of another longstanding orchard member. It hung there for six days before capture in temporary box, and transportation from one allotment site to another. We left the swarm to explore a new neighbourhood. As I walked down Logan Road with a Warré hive box under my arm another beekeeper, attracted by the hive box, invited me into a back garden, home to three very buzzing hives. Returning to the orchard late afternoon the bees were flying out and actively foraging. The neighbourhood seemed accepted, and the swarm was tipped into its new hive. It all seemed such sweet serendipity.
If the late summer and early autumn season are kind enough – warmly encouraging the flowering of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers in nearby allotments and gardens – this collective may be able to build up the reserves it needs to overwinter well. Even if that doesn’t happen, this unexpected gift is a reminder of the ineffable joys of being with bees.
Pollinators played their part in this spring’s fruit set, an exuberant one for plums and apples.
A dozen of our trees are on the biennial spectrum in their fruiting habits. This is an ‘on’ year – meaning there will be plenty of apples to juice and taste at this year’s Apple Day. Orchard members are looking forward to welcoming neighbours and friends from the local community to celebrate all things apple and bee.
All welcome to celebrate Apple Day, Sunday 18th October, 2pm to 4pm
Horfield Organic Community Orchard.
- Taste local apples
- Juice pressing
- Make merry with Pigsty Morris
- Refreshments, local produce, and trees for sale
- Orchard Roots Bristol exhibition
- Fruit growing questions & answers
- Find out how to become a member
More information here
To find the orchard - Walk down the lane beside 22 Kings Drive, BS7 8JP (between Bishop Road and Kellaway Avenue), turn left and it’s the first gate on the right OR Take the lane beside 134 Longmead Avenue, BS7 8QQ, until you come to the last gate on the left.
(Dogs on leads, please).
If you missed it, here are some photos of the Apple Day, 2015, below: