I took time out for a long walk in the Forest after the meeting today to let everything we had talked about sink in and then when I got back and was reunited with my family, we went out and had a splendid time with the first Oakdale Diggers meeting. Six children were happily engaged for half an hour planting daffodil bulbs. It's late, I know, but they will be there for years to come hopefully. All of them seem keen to carry on, so any ideas for activities to do with wildlife or gardening will be very welcome. If you us out and about planting things or weeding, or putting up insect, bird or bat boxes, stop and say hello. It's been a great way to meet our neighbours.
I've been thinking about designs for a Community Orchard on Cambourne Meadow as well and will be taking a look at sites around the country via the Internet.
This blog about Painswick Community Orchard has all sorts of ideas in it, including their pressing days, where they set up apple presses in an old tithe barn and make apple juice. Oakdale Apple Day could be a future feature in your calendars. At this stage, what we need is a design (any designers out there or artists are welcome to come and brainstorm with me), and to show that it's not just a few of us who are interested in planting trees, looking after them and making it a successful community venture. If you can spare five minutes, please express your ideas and interest on the CONNECT form. That will help us connect in turn with partner organisation such as the Recreation Trust and gain support from sponsors.
Well done, kids, today. It is going to look amazing when all those daffs start to flower.