Summer pruning and scything 2020
We hope that we will be able to run a fully-outdoor socially-distanced summer pruning and scything event.
Dates: Thursday August 6th and Saturday August 8th (with fallback to Sunday August 9th if either is postponed due to bad weather). Location: Mosser (see description here and directions attached). Members only (free). Booking is absolutely essential.
Summer is a fairly quiet time in the orchard - mostly enjoying the sunshine and watching the apples grow - but there are a few (pleasant) jobs to do. Fruit can be thinned to maximise fruit size; trees (particularly trained forms) can be pruned to maximize next year's crop; and the understory meadow should have finished flowering by mid-late July and be ready for mowing with a scythe to allow access for picking.
The good news is that these activities are all outdoors and therefore of limited risk during the current pandemic. In particular, scything is always best carried out at least 2 metres away from the nearest human! However, there will need to be modifications to further reduce risk and to comply with Government guidelines (which might change before the event).
In order to comply with the (current) guidelines, things will be organised as follows:
- There will be 4 sessions. Each session will be limited to a maximum of 6 people. Booking is essential. You will not be admitted if you have not booked. The sessions are:
- Thurs 6/8/20 morning: Summer pruning
- Thurs 6/8/20 afternoon: Scything
- Sat 8/8/20 morning: Summer pruning
- Sat 8/8/20 afternoon: Scything
- Sun 9/8/20: This is not available for booking yet and is a fall-back date if any of the above need to be postponed owing to weather
- Each session will have one instructor (Chris Braithwaite for the summer pruning and Mark Evens for the scything), so the number of bookings available for each is actually 5.
- You may book on both a summer pruning and scything session, but if numbers are constrained you might be asked to choose one.
- For the pruning, it is essential to bring your own secateurs.
- If you have your own scythe, please bring it. Otherwise, there are two NCOG scythes of different sizes, so only two people can mow at any time. Mark will demonstrate with his scythe, but will not be able to hold hands/bodies etc. to assist posture and motion. Scythes will be sanitised between users.
- The usual cake sharing, cider sampling etc. will be impossible. However, if you bring your own cup / coffee / tea / milk / sugar, someone will pour some boiling water in it for you! If you are staying for lunch or want some cake, please bring your own.
- The toilet by the back door will be available if necessary. If you do need to use the toilet, avoid touching surfaces and wash your hands thoroughly, wipe down surfaces. Paper towels will be provided. Gentlemen may prefer to go to the fence at the bottom of the orchard.
- Keep 2 metres apart at all times.
- If you are feeling at all unwell - even a slight temperature - or have been in contact with someone with any symptoms or who has tested positive, STAY AWAY and follow the government guidelines re test and trace.
Please book using the link(s) below. Booking is essential because:
- We can contact you if we need to postpone
- We know who has been here, should the worst happen and we need to trace people
- We need to limit the numbers to 6 per session
You will be turned away if you have not booked.