It’s that time of year again when we’re all dying to get out in the spring sunshine and do a bit of gardening. If you don’t have a garden don’t worry because there’s plenty to look forward to with IER.
Just a quick update with what we’ve been doing recently.
We've just had our AGM at the Eagle + Child with a cracking talk on keeping chickens from Bury Library Service.
They don't just lend books! View photos from the 'Keeping Chickens' talk on Flickr.
Fruit tree grafting
At the beginning of March a few of us also spent a fantastic few hours learning how to graft fruit trees with apple expert-and-guru Philip Rainford - View the photos on Flickr!
'Grafting' by the way, is the main method of propagating specific varieties of fruit trees and is a technique which has been in use since Roman times.
We finally got around to having our 2nd Wassail which was great fun (Traditional celebration to encourage a good crop of cider apples). After a few hours spent pruning, coppicing, weeding, weaving, building insect hotels and hanging out our new bird feeders we lit a big fire, toasted mashmellows, listened to some fabulous music and song, drank, ate and got merry! View the photos on Flickr
Plant and produce swap
On Thursday 5th April at 6.30pm we're going to start working on the 'Good Sam' plot again (now called the Hearth of the Ram) and swapping/giving away surplus seeds and plants. Everyone's welcome to come along and help or offer advice.
Ramsbottom Fire Station
You may have noticed the 6 new raised beds outside the fire station.
We really want the community to be involved with these; planting, maintaining and of course picking and cooking.
So on the 15th April at 1.00 you are invited to come along and help us plant up the beds.
You may have noticed that the wild garlic is already in leaf and some is already starting to flower.
To celebrate this wonderful plant and the Rammy namesake we’re having our 3rd Ramson Day on the 28th April on the Market Square.
If you have any spare time and a pot or few it would be great if you could pot some plants up for us to give away on the day. (Read about last years event)
Holly Mount Orchard
Don't worry if you know nothing about pruning and planting.
We're all learning and you're very welcome to join us and get involved.
Ramsbottom fire station is also offering space for anyone who wants to keep bees but doesn't have a place to keep them. Things really will be buzzing.
A bit of advance notice - if you’re thinking of keeping bees but don’t know where to start, come along to a talk on beekeeping for beginners at our favourite pub the Eagle + Child on the 15th of May, starting at 7.30pm.
Hope to see you soon - Lynn and the IER team