May Orchard Walk
38 walkers turned up at the end of May on a fine day to do the Orchard Walk which we had arranged as part of the Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival. The start coincided with the minute's silence held in memory of the Manchester terrorist victims so we were able to observe this in St Mary's church where we were made most welcome. The walk took in the Community Orchard, Elizabethan, Welsh and Wild Orchards but it is always good to talk about other village features such as the church, the ancient yew, the village green and the cattle pound. At least a dozen of the walkers were from Wenvoe but others had come from as far afield as Aberdare and Newport. As usual the Bee Hotel attracted a lot of interest but it was also good to find significant numbers of Early Purple Orchid and Common Twayblade in an area where they had not been recorded previously.
Green Flag judging took place the day before and we await the results with interest. The second bee hotel, shown in the photo, is now in place down at Goldsland Farm and the first occupants were moving in as the small units were being fixed in place. We have taken the opportunity to add some sparrow communal nest-boxes on the top shelf. Conservation work has concentrated on strimming, weeding and clearing. Two new gooseberries have been added to the heritage gooseberry collection at the Elizabethan Orchard and several new herbs (all donated) have been planted in the Physicians of Myddfai garden including Vervain, Betony and Valerian. This year looks promising for apples and plums and there should be plenty to share round if you fancy tasting some real old-fashioned apples fresh off the trees. Pears do not seem to have done so well.
We have been using the money raised by the Craft fair raffle to help out Wenvoe Primary School with plants, raised beds and compost. There are always jobs to be done so if you can spare an hour or two, do get in touch.