Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Happy Apple Day Sunday 22nd October 2-4 pm

Please .... can you help with Apple Day in Butterfield Green Orchard on Sunday 22nd October 2-4 pm?
There will be music, cakes, apple-pressing, mask-making, games and stalls

Beforehand:  baking a cake or other fruity treat
On the day:
1-2 pm - setting up
2-3 pm and or 3-4pm - helping with teas, coffees, cakes; children's games; apple pressing
4-5 pm - clearing away

Please bring cakes along on the day and let Annie know what you can do at

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Labelled Tree Butterfield Green Orchard

Butterfield Green Updates

Last Sunday we labelled all the fruit trees, cut off some damaged branches and dismantled the last compost bin.  Just a few of us - we'd really welcome your help - for however short a time - in the future.

The grass in the orchard (and the rest of the park) has been well looked after by Daven and his team  our thanks to them.

Stream and pump
We are continuing to ask Hackney Parks manager Michael Dixon and development manager Sam Parry about the stream and the hand pump in the main section of the park.  The original arrangement was that Hackney would start the stream and the hand pump for the Easter school holidays and maintain the stream, along with its tank, pump and drain, throughout the year.

It has only once happened in time!  This year we asked for the stream to be on for the June picnic.  Nothing happened.  We were then told the sump was blocked (as it hadn't been maintained).  Then last week we were told the stream pump is burned out (because it can't cope if the drain is blocked).  We do not know why the hand pump isn't working, as it has a separate source of water.

We have had no suggestion when the issue will be resolved.  We will contact the councillor in charge of parks if we do not get more information/action.

Orchard gates
We are asking Hackney to replace the orchard gates as there has been so much vandalism in the orchard (as well as dog poo!)  So far we have been told they can't find them...
Notice board
We are continuing to ask for a replacement front for the noticeboard at the Howitt Close entrance to the park.  Someone has obviously tried o clean the front with a soliution that has turned it opaque!

APPLE DAY will be in October - we cannot set a date until we can secure the apple-press and the apple-press operators!  Watch this space ...

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

This Sunday, 9th July between 2-4 pm we are tidying the orchard for the last time this summer and putting labels on trees -  everyone is very welcome, however short a time you can spare.

There has been a lot of vandalism in the orchard - large branches have been torn off trees and unripe fruit has been pulled off.
We have made labels for the trees, hoping people will see that the trees are cared for ...

We have asked Hackney Parks Department to put gates on the orchard, but have heard nothing ...
neither have we heard about the stream/water pump.  We'll keep asking them.

The next event will be Apple Day in October - date to follow.

Monday, 19 June 2017

A very big THANK YOU.... everyone who helped and came to the musical picnic on Butterfield Green yesterday.  

Particular thanks to the Ukelele Ska Collective and to John Hegley and Mike Tomes for so generously giving us their time and their wonderful performances.

You, our lovely neighbours, donated £400 for the Grenfell Tower fund (which is £500 with Gift Aid) – thank you for your generosity.