It's October already and whilst the nights are drawing in and our weekly plot activity is now officially on hold for winter, we will be checking on them and making preparations for winter so keep your eye out for sporadic gatherings at said locations, during the daylight hours and on a strictly as and when we can basis. That said we have some exciting news in regards to one of our towns iconic treasures Ramsbottom's Steamed Veg Railway! Chew Chew... it's going to be INCREDIBLE...
Orchard Sunday prepares for Apple Day!
Holly Mount Orchard was full of happy faces at this months Orchard Sunday. Not only did we receive some fabulous news about our orchard's head honcho Ian and his lovely wife Alex - Welcome to the Incredible Edible family 'Tessa Nancy Mayer' but we were also treated to an afternoon of sunshine and blue skies, perfect for apple picking... As indicated in the last Orchard Newsletter this year is a bumper crop so there is plenty for everyone regardless of Apple Day, so please feel free to go 'get yer apples' and get cooking.
Foraging and our orchard party
For those of you who didn't know, last month we were joined by foraging expert Jesper Launder who spent the morning guiding us through Redisher Woods in search of mushrooms. It was a fantastic session (see photos) and we ended up with a serious haul. Armed with our bounty we headed up to our community orchard 'Holly Mount' where we had one of our best celebrations to date! Think music, cider, food and an incredible bunch of people! Thanks to everyone who came and made it happen.
Coming up we have our annual main event 'Apple Day' - this year we're returning to Nuttall Park for some serious autumnal celebrations! Click on the poster to access our calendar entry with links to a map to get directions if needed. Most of us in Rammy know where it is but just in case you're visiting from afar :) Feel free to download the poster as a PDF to print or share should you feel so inclined.
We've previously mentioned more FREE workshops being planned in partnership with Glen at the Eagle + Child, well it's better than we could have hoped - half term never looked so good! Click the poster to view and download a PDF version for future reference...
Last but by no means least is our next Ceilidh, ever popular this event involves a traditional dance & caller taking us through our paces on November the 16th, yet for more fun, food and dancing! Tickets are already on sale from the Eagle + Child and Vitality+but we'll also make sure we bring some on Sunday to Apple Day.
As mentioned at the start, most of our regular activities, the orchard's Monday nights included have now ceased but there's still plenty for us to do and new projects to get involved in. We're happy to say we've been asked to help out at Hazlehurst Primary School at the end of this month when they will be holding the first of many Gardening Days for the entire school to get stuck in growing things and learning about what's involved. We've plenty of activities planned and would highly recommend any school sign up to the RHS Campaign For School Gardening which is chock-a-block full of ideas, resources and help. It's one of our aims to help schools in Ramsbottom where and when we can, so please do get in touch if you have any suggestions or questions you'd like to share with us.
One last thing, we've just set up an official Incredible Edible Ramsbottom twitter account (@IERammy) so please come and follow us - we'll still be using our individual personal accounts too but we thought this might help centralise everything.
Hope to see you at one of our events soon!
Happy Growing and Eating
The IER team