20/01/23 - Swan Barn, Haslemere
Organised by Haslemere Transition, National Trust and COPSE, with >150 people attending. Entertainment was provided by XR Drummers, Godalming Guisers with fantastic Ren and Daisy providing music after ‘Old Man Apple’ was blessed with Swan Barn cider!
17/01/23 - John Steere’s Orchard, Witley
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Team helped with restorative pruning of an orchard planted in the 1980's by John, who is now himself in his eighties.
15/01/23 - Rosamond, Guildford
COPSE planted a Pixie apple at Rosamund Garden Wassail
14/01/23 - Parsons Green, Haslemere
COPSE and Kate Douglas (Waverley BC) planted two Jubilee apples, daffodil bulbs and supported a transplanted apple, with a tree blessing cancelled by heavy rain…!
On 6th January COPSE kicked-off the New Year assisting Witley Parish Council to plant a Jubilee orchard at Redgate Allotment with Thakeham Homes corporate team.
Trees include Margaret Taylor apple variety, grafted from a wildling in a local hedge, as well as heritage stone-fruit and pears.
In the afternoon we checked on six scrapes that were created by Butterfly Conservation Surrey-branch, adjacent to Puttenham Village Parish Council’s, Hog’s Back Orchard. The scrapes were seeded with Kidney Vetch, which is the food plant of the notable small blue butterfly, known to breed 4 to 5km to the east, at The Mount.
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.