We are “orchardists” in Mantle - known throughout this Kingdom and beyond for our amazing apples. In Glorious Orchard, we are preparing for apple day although there are a few problems to sort out! We are also interested in using the land in Slumber Orchard to plant more trees. However, there seems to be a hidden story there...
Along the way, we are learning lots of science, art, PSHE and RE.
Our Royal Warrant is in danger of being removed because of the problems we are having. Customers have spread bad reviews of our apples on Facebook and line graphs show that sales are down.
We have removed the nets from the trees and are starting to see the food chain return to normal - no more caterpillars in the apples.
We have agreed to make leaflet which shows why people should visit us.
We are also hoping to have a Diwali celebration which we will invite the public to. One of our workers has a shrine to Lakshmi in his locker as he is working such long hours, he hasn’t got a lot of time to worship at home and he must prepare for Diwali.
Whilst exploring Slumber orchard we have been investigating changes in the weather and whether plants can have too much water. Slumber Orchard is very overgrown.
We are exploring the idea of using Andy Warhol style printing for a new orchard logo.
We met with the managers to discuss having a Diwali celebration. They eventually agreed to it being in a clearing at the back of the orchard. It was a tremendous success.
We are still discussing whether we can have a worship room at the orchard...
At the end of the Diwali celebration, one of the Queen’s advisors handed us a note. Queen Alice demanded our presence at the palace the following day.
We were worried that she was angry at us for having a celebration.
We overheard her talking to one of her advisors. They told us about the legacy of Queen Esmeralda. The trees need to be taken care of and nurtured. “Fail to cherish, and the trees shall perish”. They handed us a book about the Mother Tree full of haiku poems (which we had written that morning).
The Mother Tree had started as a cutting from an awakened tree in slumber Orchard in 1949 - a century after Esmeralda had ordered that no apple seedling r sapling would grow. Glorious Orchard has grown around this tree &r 70 years with Queen Alice as its protector.
She ordered that the team focus their energies back on the trees.