Wakelyns Tree Planting Day – Saturday 25 January 2020

Wakelyns is an organic rotation agroforestry farm in Suffolk UK

Over the years, some of the trees in the Wakelyns agroforestry tree lines died or were damaged; and some of the tree lines were never quite completed. 

With assistance from Paul Jackson, who has looked after the Wakelyns trees for many years, we are holding a Wakelyns Tree Planting Day on Saturday 25 January.

Everyone is welcome to come along to help and join in the fun. The more people we have, the more trees we can plant, making for more apples, cherries, quinces, figs, sweet chestnuts, habitats, carbon sequestration, and everything else which comes with tree planting, down the line.

We will provide all the trees, refreshments and, with luck, good weather! If you are up for joining us on the 25th that would be great.

If you would like to plant trees at Wakelyns, please fill in your details on the Wakelyn’s website: and you will be put on the contact database and sent more details of the event nearer the 25th.

Please do not just turn up on the day.

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Plum and Cobnut Open Day

Saturday 17th August from 1000-1600 at
Home Farm, Great Green, Thrandeston, Suffolk, IP21 4BL.
Everyone welcome.

This event was supposed to happen on 10th August but has been RESCHEDULED due to a severe weather warning – high winds.

Drop in any time to see a display of plums, gages, damsons and other stone fruits, cobnuts and filberts, and bring any of your plums or cobnuts you would like identified. 

If you do decide to bring some fruit for display we would like at least 5 examples of ripe, (preferably not over-ripe) fruit or nut clusters with their stalks and a small twig with some leaves; we would also value knowing what you do with the fruit or nuts – eat raw or cooked for example – and a photograph of the tree is always helpful.  In the case of cobnuts they will still be green, but in mid-August the kernel should be fully grown, and edible as a green nut, which was always one way in which they were sold in the past.  You can always keep early fruit in a refrigerator if you think they won’t make it to the day.

Food Historian and Cook Monica Askay will be there with an opportunity to taste a range of plums, gages, and cobnuts. There is also an opportunity to walk a 1.3km permissive footpath (dogs welcome but on a lead, please) round this part of the farm (which features a 12 year old orchard).

This event is in and around one of Orchard East’s Co-Chair Paul Read’s barns, with parking close by in the nearby field (and with portaloo). The post code in Satnav should bring you to the parking field gate entrance, and there will be notices along the lane. 

Hope to see as many of you there as possible!

All the best, Howard Project Manager Orchards East School of History Follow us on Twitter @orchardseast, Facebook and Instagram

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Keeping Whickham Green

Wickham Market Parish Environment Group working party.

If you have some spare time and wish to help keep Wickham green through trees, I am planning a work party on the Sports Field off Thong Hall Road.

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Orchards East workshops – winter 2018-2019

Contact to book a place on any workshop.

The following are details of workshops in Suffolk, more details on these and other courses can be found at

Suffolk, January 2019

Sunday 27 January – Espalier and Reformative Fruit Tree Pruning, Waldringfield Scattered Orchard, Waldringfield, Suffolk. 1000-1530. Tutor Dr Anna Baldwin.

This one-day workshop is aimed at those who wish to learn how to restore espaliers, which have grown beyond their formal boundaries, concentrating upon reforming the main branch structure. It will also cover reformative pruning of apple trees of 15-40 years of age, which have had minimal pruning in recent years. No previous experience is required. The workshop will take place outdoors, tools and PPE are provided. There is a £15 charge for this event, to support Waldringfield Scattered Orchard.