Plum emergency!

Great work by Trevor and team who rallied to harvest fruit from an overloaded plum that had collapsed at Michael’s place. Although not all the fruit was fully ripe, it’ll be used one way or another, and the chaos of fallen limbs, etc. has all been sorted. We’ll have many other harvests coming up over … Continue reading Plum emergency!


We had nearly 20 people at the Hidden Orchard meeting tonight – with several others giving apologies and letting us know that they are keen to be involved.  Fabulous!  Thanks to everyone who came along; it was a great meeting where we outlined THO history, talked about our vision for the future and shared more … Continue reading Thanks!

Orchardfest success

Big thanks to John & Lesley for being such wonderful hosts at the Orchard harvest this afternoon.  After Jackie, Jen, Barbara, Luk, David, John, Lee, Wendy, Angelina, Bronwyn, Trevor, Josje, Clara, Pepper and myself had braved the European wasps and harvested about 200 kg of fruit, John & Lesley appeared with jars of jam to … Continue reading Orchardfest success


Big harvest coming up this Saturday! We’ve been invited to harvest fruit from a magnificent local home orchard – apples, pears, nashi & quince are ready to pick.  This is a great orchard; well designed, well maintained and no sprays or chemicals used.  We’ve created 15 spaces for the event so it’ll be a fun … Continue reading Orchardfest

Pear harvest

We had a great time last night picking some fabulous Beurre Bosc pears. To fit in with 9-5 workers, the harvest kicked off at 6.30, which gave us just enough time to strip this tree.  The owner only wanted a bag or so for her daughter to stew, so the rest of the pears were … Continue reading Pear harvest

Pear harvest

We’re experimenting with a few early evening harvests, as well as continuing our daytime ones.  This is because a few volunteers work full-time and have asked for harvests outside regular work hours. Next Tuesday, we’re harvesting from a heavily-laden pear tree.  It is dropping pears now so we’d better get to it – and the … Continue reading Pear harvest

Apple Harvest

2018 for The Hidden Orchard is in full swing! This evening we had an excellent apple harvest with 4 first time volunteers, led by Ellen and Sandy. We spent an hour picking big green apples from a huge tree in Brown Hill, leaving plenty of apples that were out of our reach for the neighbourhood … Continue reading Apple Harvest