Friday, 10 January 2014


Email rec’d from Springfield Park User Group

Come for the whole wassail, or join at one of the orchards AS ALWAYS- STOUT SHOES AND SENSIBLE WARM CLOTHING RECOMMENDED! 

12.30 Meet at the community orchard at SPRINGFIELD PARK [near the tennis courts] 

12.35 Wassailing commences 

12.55 Wassailers move off [approx 25 min walk over the marshes] 

13.30 Meet at the community orchard at MILLFIELDS PARK

13.35 Wassailing commences 

13.55 Wassailers move off [approx 25 min walk] 

14.30 Meet at the community orchard at HACKNEY DOWNS 

14.35 Wassailing commences 

15.00 PROCEED TO THE RUSSET CAFE- Wassail Russet Tree and have a glass of Mulled Cider 

T.B.C. -AFTER THE WASSAILING, SOME OF THE SINGERS WILL BE DOING A SEA SHANTY SET IN THE RUSSET [roast served till 5.30, then Mac met Cheese popup- see Russet link below] 

Our urban wassail continues the ancient tradition of singing and drinking to the health of apple trees to ensure a good harvest in the coming year. 

You DON'T need any singing experience, songs are easy and joining in and singing heartily is all the skill required. We'll teach the songs as we go. 

You can walk with us the 2 mile route and do the wassail 3 times - or just join us at one of the orchards. 

We are finishing at The Russet, where we will wassail their baby russet apple tree and hear the some of the Sea Shanty Choir perform.

Here's a recap with some useful Links- 

We will start from Springfield Park, walk via two of Hackney's community orchards, sing lustily to the young trees, toast them with cider and finish at the lovely Russet cafe and creative space on Hackney Downs for mulled cider. We start at Springfield Park at 12.30 - join us at the fenced in tree plantation at the centre of the park. From the main entrance, follow the main path leaving the White House on your left and the pond on your right, downhill towards the tennis courts and River Lea'll see us or hear us on your left about half way down.Map is here 

We'll walk down the river to Millfields Recreation Ground, where we'll be regaling the trees planted on the border with the River Lea Navigation. Map is here 

We'll then walk across Millfields and via Clapton to reach the trees at Hackney Downs in the north west corner just off Downs Road and very close to The Russet. Map is here 

We'll then repair to The Russet for refreshment and hopefully hear the Sea Shanty Choirs.

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