17th October 2021

Wildflower Planting in the Community Orchard

The picture below may not look very glamorous but it shows just some of the 100 wildflower plug plants that Graham and Angela OíConnell have grown on at home and now planted out at the community orchard in The Hatches, Frimley Green. They have another 100 to go!†

Local residents Penny and Brian Drage have helped plant and maintain the orchard and have also kindly donated a selection of wildflower seeds too. For those interested in such matters the plants include a fantastical range of good old-fashioned names including Birdís-foot Trefoil, Viperís Bugloss, Cowslip, Oxeye Daisy, Field Scabious and Autumn Hawkbit.†

The plants have not been chosen because of their wonderful names, however, they were selected to suit the conditions and to be good for nature. There are also patches of long grass and, of course, fruit trees. The apples this year have been a disappointment but there has been a good crop of pears. It looks like locals have now picked all of these, just as intended. The birds got the cherries a while ago, not quite as intended but it is good to share.

There are just a few of the wildflowers planted last year still in flower. The others have set seed. These were paid for by the Mytchett, Frimley Green & Deepcut Society and it is great to see them flourishing. We will be working on some other planting projects in the coming months so watch this space.