Juicing in North Holmwood on October 24, 2015.

Our final juicing event of the year takes place this Saturday at the Holmwood Marketplace at the Village Hall on Spook Hill in North Holmwood.  The post code is RH5 4JP.

This is the big one!  Bring your washed apples and we’ll turn them into fresh juice.

Our annual apple pressing is the major fundraising effort of Dorking Community Orchard.  In return for pressing your apples we ask that you either give us half your crop so we can sell it for our funds or donate £1 a litre if you want all your juice.  For example, 100kg of apples will produce 50 litres of juice.  You can either give us 25 litres of juice which we will sell for £2 a litre and you can keep the rest.  Or you can give us £1 a litre and take all the juice.

Please note that the juice is fresh and unpasteurised.  It should be drunk or frozen within a day or two of pressing.  Next year we hope to offer pasteurising and bottling for longer-lasting juice.


Juicing! October 2014

Yes, it’s juicing time again and Dorking Community Orchard will be out with our brand new press taking your apples and turning them into fresh juice.

Here are the dates, times, and locations:

Saturday 11 October 9-1 on the Dorking High Street next to Food Float in front of Barclays Bank.

Saturday 18 October 10-2 in the courtyard in front of the Dorking Museum

Saturday, 25 October 12:30-3:00 at the Holmwood Marketplace at the Village Hall in North Holmwood.

Call Jane at 07546-217-793 for more details or email us at orchardfriend@gmail.com

Pruning Neglected Trees –Workshop on Sunday 9 March 10-4

Dorking Community Orchard is collaborating with Moonhall College (http://www.moonhallcollege.co.uk/) on the restoration of the orchard on the school grounds. We will be holding a pruning workshop at the College. Participants will gain practical experience in pruning neglected trees under the expert guidance of Dr. Alex Valsecchi. The workshop is £15 for non-members of the orchard and £10 for members of the orchard. For more information call Jane at 07546-217-793 or email us at orchardfriend@gmail.com

Wow, what a picnic!

We had a fabulous day at the Blossom Picnic today.  Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed the sunshine, the warmth, the great food supplied by Jacqui of Community Realm, and, of course,  the blossoms.

Jacqui serving lunch.


Jacqui serving food.

Enjoying the grounds.
Enjoying the grounds.
The Kelly Kettle is a favourite attraction.
The Kelly Kettle is a favourite attraction.
See what I mean?
See what I mean?

Boy and dog.  And sleeping man.

Boy and dog. And sleeping man.

The stars of our show--the blossoms!
The stars of our show–the blossoms!
Aren't they beautiful.
Aren’t they beautiful.
Dogs love the orchard.  This is P.J.
Dogs love the orchard. This is P.J.
This is Cosmo.
This is Cosmo.


I call it "Coffee Cup with Pitchfork".
I call it “Coffee Cup with Pitchfork”.
From left: Jacqui H., Paul, Steve, and Nick.
From left: Jacqui H., Paul, Steve, and Nick.

Pruning Workshop on 25 March

 Pruning Mature Fruit Trees at Polesden Lacey


The National Trust is restoring a neglected orchard near Polesden Lacey, and Dorking Community Orchard is helping!


Join us at the Yew Tree Farm Orchard for a one-day pruning workshop.  Find out how to prune and restore mature and neglected apple trees, and encourage them to return to fruiting – and take away what you have learnt to apply to other trees you know!  Tutor and tree expert, Alex Valsecchi, will be on hand to demonstrate procedures and guide participation.  This is a rare opportunity to work on a number of established trees (planted in the 1980’s?), in the beautiful surroundings of the Polesden Lacey estate.


Booking is essential for this workshop, as participants will be limited to 25.


When:  Sunday 25 March, from 10am to 4pm

Where:  The site is Yew Tree Farm Orchard at Polesden Lacey.  You will receive directions upon booking.

Cost:  £5 for members of Dorking Community Orchard.  £10 for non-members.  Membership in Dorking Community Orchard is £10 per year.  What a deal!

Important stuff:  Please dress for the weather – we’ll have a marquee set up but there will be no regular shelter nearby.  Toilet facilities are not available.  We’ll supply tea and biscuits but you should bring your own lunch.  Please bring loppers and secateurs if you have them.

Booking:  Send a cheque to:   Dorking Community Orchard, PO Box 562, Dorking RH4 9GF

For more information call Jane at 07546-217-793 or email orchardfriend@gmail.com.