Grafting trees for the agroforestry project at Glazebury

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Come help us reach our huge target of grafting another 4000 fruit trees and learn a great skill in the process!

Training level: Beginner
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For the next phase of our Agroforestry Farm project we're grafting again! We grafted an incredible 6000 trees last year, and we want to get another 4000 done this year. These trees will be planted in our nursery, ready to be transplanted onto the new farm site over the next few years. This is a huge challenge but one we are excited to pull off. 

What will the session look like?

You'll be grafting scions (young cuttings) to rootstock at our purpose-built grafting stations. We've put up gazebos to help protect us from the weather and all the stations have been designed to enable social distancing. You'll receive guidance and training from our Agroforestry team, with plenty of opportunities to talk through the process. We'll also be providing safety equipment.

Because this session will be at Glazebury, we'll be planting out our grafted trees in the afternoon too.


We encourage people to volunteer in more than one session, or even regularly if they can, but this isn't a requirement!

How physically demanding is grafting?

Grafting is fairly low impact and involves no heavy lifting. Grafting with knives involves carefully making safe cuts, which can be fiddly, but there will be plenty of opportunity to learn. We have a lower table if you need to be seated, and have a range of tools for grafting. 

Planting

Planting trees is slightly less accessible, and involves digging a small hole and getting down low to bed it in. Access to the field is also slippy and uneven in places.

If you have any access needs, or concerns, please let us know in advance and we will endeavour to meet them where possible. Just email Solvi at volunteer@kindling.org uk. You are always welcome to do part of the day if, for example, you feel that planting will be difficult for you to access.

Location

Glazebury
Warrington
wa3 5ql

Additional information

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- A google maps pin is available here -https://www.google.com/maps/dir/?api=1&destination=53.478452,-2.479687

Transport Links

Land South of Bridge House Farm,
Glazebury,
WA3 5QL

On the A 580 coming from Manchester direction
From Stretford take the M60 North,
Come off at Junction 13 and follow signs to Leigh,
Which will mean straight on at the round about,
You will travel down an A road and meet the A580,
Turn left here towards St Helens and Liverpool,

Carry on down the A 580,
After a few sets of traffic lights including Astley lights and a sign for Tyldesley,
You will reach a long incline which is the road going over the Bridgewater Canal,
After this look out for a red bordered triangular sign with a tractor in it,
Soon after this is a lay-by and very soon after that is the small entrance to the land,
Slow down and indicate in good time or you will miss it.

If you meet a roundabout on the A580 you’ve gone too far. Turn round and you will have to go back to the next set of lights by going over the Bridgewater canal again.

Once on the lane follow it round, you will go over a brook then you will meet Bridge House directly in front of you.
Follow the lane left here, our land is the first entrance on the right hand side after the line of oaks and silver birches. You will see the wood clad building.

On the A580 coming from St Helens direction and M6
You will reach a roundabout at the junction with the A574 for Glazebury and Leigh. Carry on through the roundabout down the A580 after a mile or so you will go over the bridgewater canal and a long down hill. At the next traffic lights turn left or right in order to go back on yourself.
Go back up the long incline which is the road going over the Bridgewater Canal,
After this look out for a red bordered triangular sign with a tractor in it,
Soon after this is a lay-by and very soon after that is the small entrance to the land,
Slow down and indicate in good time or you will miss it.

If you meet a roundabout on the A580 you’ve gone too far. Turn round and you will have to go back to the next set of lights by going over the Bridgewater canal again.

Once on the lane follow it round, you will go over a brook then you will meet Bridge House directly in front of you.
Follow the lane left here, our land is the first entrance on the right hand side after the line of oaks and silver birches. You will see the wood clad building.

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