On 26th March friends invited us to a Hanami Cherry Blossom picnic at Rikkyo School, Rudgwick. Hanami translates into flower watching, referring specifically to observing the cherry trees in full bloom. This Japanese tradition involves strolling through a park or having a picnic under the blossom trees. At the popular hanami spots in Japan, some people save the spot in the middle of the night for the next day’s party!
Then on 1st March we attended Surrey Biodiversity Conference, with a display to show delegates how orchard-spaces can enhance biodiversity.
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.