February 2017: Great preparations in our ELP orchard near the Quay Community Centre in Westport with Horticulture 6 Class friom the VEC. We’re preparing for our new arrivals from the next ELP Grafting workshop by laying out a nursery bed for the next set of grafts. Next we clear the weeds which are particularly bad around the perimeter fence and flatten out the soil -a tricky job when you’ve 3 -year old trees in the midst of it all! Later in the week the TUS and RSS guys will help us lay more mypex and spread the bark mulch.
February 2015: Edible Landscapers and Westport GIY, helped by the Horticulture level 6 class from Westport College of Further Education transfer grafted apple trees and plant them out in their new home at the Quay Community Centre.
It was a tricky job! We had to ensure none of the tree labels got mixed up as they contain the valuable information relating to rootstock size and origin of cutting…
2014 – Attendees: Men’s Shed and a mixed group of local community members at The Elms, Westport
What a fantastic day for an ELP tree planting workshop. Thanks to Westport Men’s Shed for help with the carpentry and everyone else who helped out on this scorcher of a day! We planted the following varieties of trees;
- Apple Irish Peach
- Apple Scarlet Crofton (Mayo Apple)
- Nut Cosfords Cobb
- Nut Webbs Prize
- Purple Hazel
- Plum Opal
- Damson Merryweather
- Damson Farleigh
September 2013 the Edible Landscape Project carried out a Heritage apple tree planting workshop with local volunteers and the help of Leader, TUS and RSS. Trees were planted in 2 locations along the railway line; at Harbour View and at the side of McConville Park. Until the identification process has been completed and for the purposes of this workshop, we planted heritage potted varieties which suit the soil type and the inclement west of Ireland weather;
- Brown Crofton , Good Flavour Dessert Apple, Disease Resistant, Sligo
- Ballyvaughan Seedling, Sweet and Crisp, From Co Clare
- Scarlet Crofton , Dark Red Flush, Sweet and Spicey, Sligo circa 1500
- Crab Apples – native Irish apple tree
APRIL 2013 Apple and Damson Tree Planting Workshop
WHO: Andy Wilson, Cormac Langans (wcfe), TUS and RSS lads and lassies
WHERE: At Westport Town Greenway, Skatepark area.
WHAT: Apple trees have been planted against the Leenane Bridge wall and next year these will be trained against the old stone bridge. Damsons trees were also planted.