Thanks to all the locals who came along to Mallard Community Orchard on Saturday 16th March to take part in the first ever Big Dig, a national campaign to encourage community gardening and growing food together. Despite the cold and drizzle, lots of volunteers got stuck into the digging and 7 fruit trees were planted as well as fruit bushes, including blackcurrants and an unusual edible honeysuckle. After 4 months of hard digging the orchard is nearly complete. Whilst working on the land the volunteers have found a selection of buried ‘treasure’ which was put on a display table, and is now known as The Acocks Green Hoard.
Thanks to The Spread Eagle and The Swan Trio who supplied refreshments to the thirsty gardeners. Also thanks to all the locals who came to say hello and express their interest and support. There is still lots more gardening and tidying work to do as part of the Village in Bloom and new volunteers are always welcome. Here is a selection on photos from the day, if anyone else has some to share, please get in touch.