We hold a number of events at the orchard over the course of a year.
Usually held in January and very dependent on the weather. Often involves one of the local schools. Wassailing in an ancient practice, intended to wake up the trees from their winter slumber. Involves lots of noise. HICOP normally provide drinks and cakes, with money from donations going to the upkeep of the orchard.
Bird in the Hand Breakfast
Held in the summer months in conjunction with the RSPB and other organizations. Generally, our most popular event it offers children a hands-on opportunity to learn about bird-ringing and local birds. We often have someone displaying and talking about local moths and other wildlife related stalls.
A popular event, held after apple harvesting. Bring apples from your own fruit trees and leave with apple juice – we supply the apple press. Usually needs quite a lot of volunteers for setting up and washing and chopping fruit.
We run occasional events where people can learn about pruning and grafting fruit trees. We occasionally sell trees produced by grafting prunings from the orchard onto new rootstocks.
Want to Volunteer?
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the orchard and they range from schoolchildren to the retired. Volunteers are especially appreciated for events and maintenance days. Helping out for just a few hours a year can make an enormous difference to the things we can get done.
The orchard is located between the Guided Busway and Manor Park, accessible via footpaths from Somerset Road or Saffron Road. The ground and some pathways can get muddy during the winter months.