Arundel Community Apple Day Update

So we are all ready to go. Do come along, bring your apples and have a great (with or without apples).

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Future projects and how to get involved

At the AGM in July we highlighted the projects we are hoping to run in the future.

So here they are.

Future projects

  • Community Apple Day 2018
    • Activity – this year AA21 are leading on the organisation of Apple Day which will be held on Sunday October 14th. The Community Orchard Group are arranging to have their own apple press this year
      • We needs volunteers, lots of them to help before the day – collecting apples, on the day – setting up and clearing up and just generally being around to help the stallholders.
  • Woodland conservation skills
    • Proposed activity – To involve young people who are interested in conservation or woodland management. The project hopes to provide some learning activities locally where young people can join in conservation projects.
      • We need a leader for the project – have you got experience in conservation or teaching?
  • Ford Road Cemetery upkeep
    • Proposed activity – To have a group of local volunteers caring for the site with the aim of making it a wildlife friendly site and enhancing it for visitors. The site is owned by ADC who currently have contractors maintaining the site. Kat has a contact at ADC who is keen to have the volunteers working with them.
      • Need volunteers –This will be an ongoing project so sharing the tasks will mean that we can get a nice group of people to work together.
  •  Seed swap 2019
    • Activity – As this year’s swap was successful we will be repeating it in February 2019. As yet there is not a date.
      • We need seed savers and volunteers to help pack up seed before the day and a few helpers to set up and clear up on the day.
  • Tree Planting
    • Proposed activity – The Woodland Trust have native trees that can be planted by groups, we want to take them up on this and plant trees around Arundel. The Klondyke and Canada Road were suggested at the meeting.
      • We need suggestions, identifying places around town to plant.
      • We need volunteers to plant trees and later to keep an eye on them, and help them through the first year
  • Water bottles and Refill project
    • Proposed activity – AA21 installed the drinking fountain and produced the Arundel water bottles to reduce the number of plastic water bottles sold and thrown away in Arundel. The project aims to identify shops, restaurants etc in town who will refill water bottles by request. This is part of a Nationwide project.
      • We need a small group of volunteers to encourage shops to join in and to register them.
      • Volunteers are also needed to make up more Arundel water bottles
  • UKHarvest
    • Proposed activity – Mayor Lucy Ashworth and the Arundel Town Council are working with UKHarvest, a not-for-profit perishable food rescue operation based in Chichester that collects quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivers it, direct and free of charge, to charities, with an aim to make Arundel a food waste free town. AA21 will be working with the allotment holders and gardeners of the town to contribute fruit and vegetables to this worthy cause.
      • We need volunteers to spread the word, collect contributions and work with those people who want to contribute a bit of their harvest.
  • Cycling Group
    • A set of proposals were set up for the Town Council as part of the Street Scape project. This project aims to set up a group of people who cycle and who can contribute their views on what is needed in Arundel to the WSCC cycling strategy and be a voice for Arundel in the Nationwide cycle forum. It also aims to run cycle rides for those who are not regular cyclists to encourage people to ‘get on their bikes’
    • We need a  group of volunteers for the forum – want to have your say?
    • We also need cyclists who are ready to help set up and run bike rides

Want to get involved? There are lots of ways you can get involved, most of them not time consuming, the more people we have to help each project the less we each have to do.

To find out more or offer to help email arundela21@gmail.com 

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Arundel Apple Day – Help Needed

Apple Day is nearly upon us. Don’t forget to put Sunday October 14th in your diary. We’ll be sending out more info nearer the time but just at the moment we need to gather some help for the day and in preparation.

We will need help collecting apples in the week running up to the event. Someone/or more with a car to pick up apples from people who have offered more apples than they can carry. In and around Arundel.

We do also need to hear from those of you who might have surplus apples.

On the day we will need help to set up, from 8.00 – 11.00, putting up gazebos, letting stall holders know where to go (in the nicest possible way), counting in visitors, directing visitors in to the field, putting up direction signs and helping clear up after the event at 3.30.

Also Nell Paton is producing an Apple Cookbook for the Community Orchard, so if you have a delicious recipe, let us have that as well.

We really do appreciate any help you can give, even for a short time.

Email arundela21@gmail.com if you can help. Thank you lovely people.

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On the lookout for wildlife – helping MAVES

At our recent Arundel Agenda 21 AGM we had brilliant talks from members of MAVES.

Who are MAVES I hear you ask?

MAVES stands for Mid Arun Valley Environmental Survey. A local group who carry out detailed, scientific research and evaluation of the wildlife in the Arun Valley. The Arun valley is a continuous wildlife corridor and MAVES was set up in 2014 to carry out research on this extraordinary area which has a mix of habitats from woodland and riversides to farmland. They have found a wide and exciting range of animals and plants including 14 types of bat (out of 17 national species) which is equal to Ebernoe National Park. Binstead woods also have a good population of dormice, an endangered species.

They have also been instrumental in hedge laying, and tree planting, particularly black poplar which is a disappearing species.

Their work includes recording the vast species catalogue of the area encompassing Slindon to Worthing. So special is the area that there are orchids hybridising to produce new and specific local varieties and it is an Area of National and International importance.

They are also finding spectacular species of insects with the variety of habitat. For example the Madonna pond in Binstead woods has a high number of smooth and palmate newts.

To find out more about MAVES click here to go to their website

How you can help

MAVES needs us all to keep our eyes open when we are out and about. Especially those who are out regularly, walking dogs for instance. Reporting back to MAVES on what we see is a great way of contributing to their work completing the picture of the fabulous and abundant wildlife around us. This is particularly true of the riverbank where they have less information.

Take photographs (without disturbing the wildlife) and do record where you have seen things, the more accurate the better. There are free apps you can download to your phone which can give you a grid reference.

Feed this back to MAVES at info@maves.org.uk

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It’s time to save seeds!

Saving Seed from the Garden

Why save seeds?

  • We would not have the wonderful heirloom varieties if someone hadn’t kept the seeds year to year. Seed saving is essential for maintaining unusual or heritage vegetables and flowers. It is a great way to propagate many native plants too.
  • Seed saving can be a rewarding and cost saving way to garden.

What can you save?

Standard or heirloom varieties that are not cross-pollinated by nearby plants are good candidates. Many gardeners successfully keep beans, tomatoes, lettuce, and peppers. Plants you know are heirloom varieties are easy to save. Ask the person or organization you obtained the seed from how they did it. Some people like to experiment, but make sure you don’t bet the whole garden on saved seed.

So what to do?

  • When saving seed, always harvest from the best. Choose disease-free plants with qualities you desire. Look for the most flavourful vegetables or beautiful flowers. Consider size, harvest time and other characteristics.
  • Always harvest mature seed. For example, cucumber seeds at the eating stage are not ripe and will not germinate if saved. You must allow the fruit and seed to fully mature. Because seed set reduces the vigour of the plant and discourages further fruit production, wait until near the end of the season to save fruit for seed. Collect the seed or fruits when most of the seed is ripe. Do not wait for everything to mature because you may lose most of the seed to birds or animals.
  • Beans, peas, onions, carrots, corn, most flowers and herb seeds are prepared by a dry method. Allow the seed to mature and dry as long as possible on the plant. Complete the drying process by spreading on a screen in a single layer in a well-ventilated dry location. As the seed dries the chaff or pods can be removed or blown gently away. An alternative method for extremely small or lightweight seed is putting the dry seed heads into paper bags that will catch the seed as it falls out.
  • Seed contained in fleshy fruits should be cleaned using the wet method. Tomatoes, melons, squash, cucumber and roses are prepared this way. Scoop the seed masses out of the fruit or lightly crush fruits. Put the seed mass and a small amount of warm water in a bucket or jar. Let the mix ferment for two to four days. Stir daily. The fermentation process kills viruses and separates the good seed from the bad seed and fruit pulp. After two to four days, the good viable seeds will sink to the bottom of the container while the pulp and bad seed float. Pour off the pulp, water, bad seed and mould. Spread the good seed on a screen or paper towel to dry.

Then what?

  • Seeds must be stored dry. Place in glass jar or envelopes. Make sure you label all the containers or packages with the seed type or variety, and date. Put in the freezer for two days to kill pests.
  • Then store in a cool dry location like a refrigerator. Seed that moulds was not sufficiently dry before storage.
  • Seed viability decreases over time. Parsley, onion, and sweet corn must be used the next year. Most seed should be used within three years.

What else?

Try saving seed from the food you buy. Have a favourite tomato or squash? Save a few seeds before you eat.

Further information

There are numerous seed saver exchanges, clubs, and listings in magazines like Organic Gardening. Although you might not want to base your entire garden on saved seed you may want to give seed saving a try.

Arundel Agenda 21 Seed Swap 2019 February – Date to be Confirmed – Watch this space!

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Arundel Agenda 21 Summer Meeting – Be There or Be Square

Yes I know any invitation including the acronym AGM is always followed by a sigh, a dull boring evening listening to finance reports. But not this one!

Come along to the Victoria Institute 7.30 Tuesday 31st July to hear what had been going on at the Arundel Agenda 21 Group and make plans for the future. We will tempt you with nibbles and wine.

Arundel Agenda 21 is known for gathering people together to get some great projects going in Arundel

  • the Farmer’s Market,
  • the community bus,
  • making Arundel the first FairTraid Town in West Sussex,
  • the drinking fountain and reusable water bottles,
  • the Greening Arundel campaign,
  • reviving the Flower and Produce Show,
  • Arundel Seed Swap,
  • working with other community groups such as the Community Orchard Group.

So the meeting will look at ideas for the future, not just your run of the mill stuff but exciting, caring, and practical for our town and the environment. In fact whatever we want them to be.

Have you got an idea that the group might help you make happen. Something that will benefit Arundel community and the environment.

We hope to have a speaker from MAVES (Mid Arun Valley Environmental Survey) to tell us about some of the exciting species discoveries they have made through their studies of area around Arundel.

Projects we will be looking at:

  • Community Apple Day – 14th October
  • Seed Swap – February 2019
  • Tree planting – November 2018
  • Woodland conservation and skills
  • Food waste project with UK Harvest
  • Ford Road cemetery wildlife gardening (and tips for wildlife gardening at home)
  • Arundel water bottles
  • Bike group – rides and improving facilities

Whether you have skills, time or energy to share, a particular interest or just want to find out more, come along.

It would help us plan the evening if you can confirm you are coming by 29th July. Feel free to invite anyone from Arundel or the environs who you think may be interested .

Any queries or details needed – call Kay on 884926 or Rita on 885826

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Community Orchard Apple Day 2018

Arundel Agenda 21 work with the Community Orchard Group to bring you the Arundel Apple Day.

This year Apple Day will be on Sunday October 14th opening at 11.00 to 3.00. Venue: The Community Orchard, Herrington’s Fields, Fitzalan Road, Arundel. As always the event is free to all. Bring your apples for crushing and take home some juice.

The event will include:

  • stands from lots of local groups each with their own flavour, learn what is going on in the town
  • the marvellous Community Chef  Robin who will be demonstrating and handing out tasters of great recipes with apples.
  • a tug of war
  • a tour of the orchard and an orchard ‘safari’ looking at the wildlife in the orchard
  • Will the roving singer to keep us in the mood and this year a group of shanty singers
  • activities for children including the Forest School and an activity making winter insect houses and bird feeders
  • Shanty singers
  • a game (or two) of petanque
  • apple cake and mulled wine
  • waste information

and lots more

And of course the star of the day apple pressing. This year the Community Orchard Group have worked with local company Roundstone Joinery to build our own cider press. Fund raising is going on at the moment so please support them.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/nell-paton-3 

It is always a brilliant family day of good fun, sunshine, your body weight in apple juice.

If you have a lot of apples we can pick them up for you just call Rita on 885826 or Kay on 884916. The more the merrier.

And don’t forget to bring CLEAN bottles to collect your juice.

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The Arundel Seed Swap – Save The Date!

Arundel’s small but successful seed swap is back by popular demand. If you’re bored of your brassicas, have lost interest in the lobelia or just want something different to hang in your baskets – come along and update your garden for free!

 

Seed swaps are on the rise across the country, offering the chance to swap packets of seed (either shop-bought or collected from your plants), for some different types and species.

 

Plants, garden books & magazines are also welcome at the swap – and if you really don’t have anything to swap at all, donations are appreciated, with all monies raised going towards future events.

 

What’s more, there will be the opportunity to ask expert advice on your planting from the gardeners who work the Arundel Castle Gardens.

 

Arundel Agenda 21 Group’s ‘Seed and Plant Exchange’, will be held on Sunday 18th February at the Victoria Institute in Tarrant Street, between 2 and 4pm and is free to attend. Refreshments available.

 

We need seed swappers!

The event will mean people bring along their seeds on the day but we will need a ‘bank’ of seeds to start us off. If you have any seeds we can use as the starters (or if you can help us on the day), please contact Rita Godfrey on 885826 or Debbie Kennedy on 07958140647.

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The Bentley Effect – showing at The Victoria Institute

As unconventional oil and gas exploration using ‘acidisation’, gets underway at Broadford Bridge, by the River Arun, this is a timely showing of a film about a community taking a stand against fracking in Australia.

Showing at the Victoria Institute June 14th 19.00

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New Talk

Mammals in your garden – 6.00pm, 6th May 2017

Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre, Mill Road, BN18 9PB

A fascinating talk by Dr Dawn Scott from BBC’s Springwatch.

£4 (on door or advance from 01243 551635)

We aim to start a new project in Arundel to help us improve  habitats in our gardens and open spaces to support wildlife in dramatic decline. This talk shows the potential of what we can do.

Come along and find out what is happening in your garden!

We have joined with MAVES (maves.org.uk) and WWT (wwt.org.uk) to encourage learning and participation in supporting wildlife on our doorstep.

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