Visitors to the Memorial Orchard will know that we have been trying to regenerate the wild flower meadow. This means only cutting the ‘vegetation’ once a year in order to allow wild flowers to grow and the seeds to scatter and germinate. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the start of The Second World War and, in memory of all who served in that conflict, we will be improving and extending the wild flower meadow at the orchard.
We started by scarifying a circle around the children’s Wareham Russet bushes and scattering English wild flower seeds. This is an ongoing project. Assuming we are successful, and can raise the necessary money, we intend to increase the area over time.
With this in mind, I wonder whether any of you are members of the Co-op? As chairman of the Memorial Orchard action group can I ask you to go to http://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/34218 and support the Memorial Orchard?
1% of everything you spend at the Co-op will then be given to help maintain the Memorial Orchard and the work that we do there. We do have a lot of regular annual commitments such as insurance as well as costs of replacing damaged/failed trees – the list goes on!. This year we will also be planting some Hazel Pear trees and hopefully, the last of our Wareham Russets. By the way, if you want to volunteer at the orchard – please let me know.
As I write this I am thinking about those who gave their lives in both world wars and in more recent conflicts. As usual, a few of us will be laying wreaths at the orchard in memory of the fallen at 11.00a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month. As you read this and prepare for Christmas. Please remember those who did not come home but gave their lives for our freedom.