L-R: Colin Dodd, Will Roger, Chris Stonebridge for Guernsey Trees for Life, Ben Hewlett for CCD Architects, James Meller for Rocquette Cider, Oliver Westgarth for CCD, Tanya Dorrity for The Channel Islands Co-operative Society, Jemma Field for National Trust of Guernsey and Andy McCutcheon for Guernsey Trees for Life.
As part of its 'Keep Guernsey Green Award', The Channel Islands Co-operative Society sponsored the purchase of over twenty trees, comprising three varieties. Browns, Harry Masters, and Michelin. The varieties were chosen by James Meller, managing director of Guernsey's unique cider production company, Rocquette Cider and Andy McCutcheon, representing Guernsey Trees for Life.
FerrySpeed generously provided free shipping and delivery of the saplings, which arrived with Profreight, on Monday 6th February. Bare-rooted, they were offloaded and carefully laid out on a raised wooden bed with wrap-around insulated sheeting, to be tended and water-misted, until planting out on Friday 10th February, 2017.
The site was mown on Tuesday 7th February, the tree plots were measured and marked up on Thursday 9th February using, according to Oliver, 'a cool method' involving three lengths of string, shown by our orchard expert, James Meller. Then, on Friday 10th February, volunteers from all the project organisations, dug out tree holes, banged tree stakes into the ground and made the plot ready for planting, all the while accompanied by four happy dogs, running around on the brightest morning of the week so far.
National Trust of Guernsey is thrilled to have provided a location for the apple orchard at Les Caches Farm and remains indebted to the expansive teamwork that brought the project to life. The class of Year Six Forest Primary School 2017 have established an apple orchard with the promise of future enjoyment for many more people, over many years to come.