Apple Weekend

Saturday 15 October: 10.00am – 2.00pm St. Laurence Orchard, Eastwoodbury Lane, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6RH Andrew Tann’s apple display from Crapes Fruit Farm, Aldham, near Colchester, see Apple pressing, apple tasting and buying, apple tours, BBQ Apples for tasting are- Pearl – Essex -ripens Oct/Nov maybe Dec – medium yellow, heavily streaked bright scarlet, flesh yellow sweet, chewy crisp, slightly aromatic, flavour excellent Tun apple – Essex – med large, conical, red russet patches, flesh sweet, flavour rich,  good ripening Oct-Dec Suntan – Kent -ripening Dec-Feb – medium, flatroundedgold, flushed orange red, striped red, some russet -fles deep cream, sweet juicy,firm, aromatic, flavour rich, vg Apples for sale include: Arther Turner, quick use, bake, puree Blenheim Orange – Sept-Oct, eat, juice, cook Cox – for now, eat, juice, cider Kidds Orange Red Lobo – Sept-Nov, eater Michaelmas Red, for apple bobbing/toffee apples Orleans Reinette Ribston Pippin – ripens 0ct-Jan, eat, cook, juice, cider Suntan – for now, eat, juice, cider Pruning demonstration, apple stories, wildlife trail and scavenger hunt (Parking at new car park for St. Laurence Park on new road going west from Eastwoodbury Lane, left at roundabout)   Saturday 15 October: 5.00pm – 9.00pm St. Mark’s Centre, Princes Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1QA Educational films, locally grown vegetable soup, apple quiz Engagement and discussion, bring and share apple deserts and recipes Tickets need to be bought in advance.   Sunday 16 October: 10.00am – 12.00pm Manchester Drive Allotments, Manchester Drive, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 3EZ (opposite Cricketfield Grove) Essex orchard and WEN allotment   Sunday 16 October: 2.00pm – 5.00pm Growing Together Community Gardens, 47 Fairfax Drive, Southend-on-Sea SS0 9AG (corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase) Andrew Tann’s apple display from Crapes Fruit Farm, apple pressing, apple related food, apple bobbing, toffee apples Cider making, apple tasting and buying, crafts and cards, apple stories Tea and coffee, , scavenger hunt, face painting   Apple Weekend is sponsored by NFU Mutual Chelmsford and organised by SE Essex Organic Gardeners, Milton Community Partnership, Southend in Transition, community mental health charity Trust Links and South East Essex Women’s  Environmental Network. For more information, please call 01702 213134 or visit or   … [Read more…]

Leading insurer lends its support

Rural insurer NFU Mutual is delighted to announce a new affinity partnership with SE Essex Organic Gardeners. From 1st September 2011, NFU Mutual in Chelmsford will work with the SE Essex Organic Gardeners, initially sponsoring Apple Day in October.  Clare Withall, Agent for NFU Mutual comments, “We are thrilled to work more closely with SEEOG.  NFU Mutual recognises the need to play an activity part in community life and we hope that SEEOG members will find the relationship of real benefit. Ron Bates, Chair, SEEOG said, “SEEOG is pleased to enter a partnership with NFU Mutual, who have a fine tradition of providing comprehensive home, garden and other insurances.” For more information contact NFU Mutual today.  Call Clare on 01245 464984 for a quote, or visit   … [Read more…]

South East Essex Seed Potato Day 2012 Updated Sunday 19/2/12

Go potty for potatoes at SE Essex Seed Potato event! In association with Leigh-on-Sea Allotment & Leisure Garden Association and SE Essex Organic Gardeners – please make a date in your shiny new 2012 diaries and help us to promote this Spud-tastic event in February. You can Chip In, Mash it up and spread the word by Facebook, Tweeting or simply telling people and/or displaying our poster – which can be downloaded here*. SE Essex Seed Potato Day’s event dedicated solely to spuds will gear up for its second consecutive year in 2012, promising a real treat for potato growing enthusiasts! Potato Day on Saturday 25 Febrary makes potatoes a ‘must grow’ for many a local resident’s gardening year. As a result, more of us are growing our own portion of the average 500 potatoes we eat each annually. With over 40 varieties, one-third organic, SE Essex Seed Potato Day at Growing Together Community Gardens will give budding growers the chance to buy seed potatoes by the tuber, meaning anyone with enough space for a potato grow bag, or an entire allotment plot, can get started right away. SE Essex Organic Gardeners’ Secretary, Carole Shorney, said, ”Potatoes are a simple crop to grow and ideal whether your garden is large or small. The taste of home grown, freshly dug spuds is a taste hard to beat.” At the event, visitors can buy seed potatoes by the tuber and learn all about spuds with tips from the members. SE Essex Seed Potato Day will take place at 47 Fairfax Drive, Southend-on-Sea SS0 9AG (corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase) between 10.00am and 2.00pm.  If gardeners need to drive, they are advised to park in Prittlewell Chase and use the Fairfax Drive entrance. Admission is £1.00, with refreshments available on the day. Call 01702 201914 for more information. Thanks in advance for all your support – we look forward to seeing you there! These are the varieties that we have ordered for 2012.  However, we cannot guarantee that all we have ordered will be available on delivery. Look out for Alan Romans’ ‘Guide to Seed Potato Varieties!’ Growing Together will run cafe-baked potatoes, cakes and drinks – they will also host a Seed Swap initiative, potato printing children’s activity, sell art and craft products, honey and plants; also office computers set up to enable carbon footprint assessment for people visiting as part of the LEAF initiative. FIRST EARLY Bonnie Dundee Epicure Foremost Home Guard Lady Christl Rocket Swift Ulster Classic Vanessa Winston SECOND EARLY Anya Bonnie Carlingford Gladstone Kestrel Marfona Sherine (NVS) Shetland Black Stroma Toluca Wilja EARLY MAIN Amour (NVS) Blue Belle Highland Burgundy International Kidney King Edward Majestic Maris Piper Nicola Pentland Dell Picasso Rooster Stemster LATE MAIN Kerr’s Pink Ryecroft Purple ORGANIC FIRST EARLY Colleen Pentland Javelin Red Duke of York Sharpe’s Express SECOND EARLY Charlotte EARLY MAIN Desiree Orla Salad Blue LATE MAIN Arran Victory Cara Golden Wonder Pink Fir Apple Sarpo Mira Valor *You will need some form of PDF … [Read more…]

Orchard and Garden Open Day

Mount Holly Orchard and Garden Charity event in aid of national Friends of the Earth Saturday, 1st October 2011 2.00 pm –  5.00 pm Mount Holly Castledon Road Downham CM11 1LH Mount Holly is on the Southend Victoria Line between Wickford and Billericay Station. From Wickford Station, walk along the Crouch, cycle or share cars (limited parking). The environment is under pressure. From oil spills to floods and droughts, our natural world needs an independent voice. To make sure Friends of the Earth have enough funds to take on big polluters, South East Essex Friends of the Earth (SEEFoE) are hosting an open Orchard and Garden Open Day at Mount Holly. The Mount Holly Orchard was planted by a Quaker family in the early 1900s. It contains apple varieties that were planted in Victorian times. It is one of the few orchards growing original Victorian varieties. A number of the varieties have still not been identified. In the course of the restoration, a new orchard extension has been planted. This extension is entirely made up of additional historic varieties that might be interesting for transitioners and permaculturists as they have long storing capabilities. Everything available can be tried and tasted. There might also be some original Cox apples. The current owners are self-sufficient and have started a small organic market garden. All proceeds from  produce and brochures sold on the day will go to national Friends of the Earth. Admission: £2 … [Read more…]

The Fantastic Food Exchange!

(FREE Event) Sow it, Grow it, Make it, Bake it! Show and trade what you’ve grown or made for a variety of goods using basic exchange! Take home a selection of rich, tasty, fresh food with less energy and food miles than your average supermarket stuff. Add to this the opportunity to meet like-minded, friendly folk and you’ve got a recipe for friendship, fun and rewarding conversation plus the sharing of ideas. If this sounds like your bag, bring your gluts and self-made produce to… Metal’s Kitchen Garden, Chalkwell Park, Southend-on-Sea Sunday 18th September 10:00 – 12.00 am. … [Read more…]