A team of five Friends of Swan Barn Orchard volunteers spent several hours during the August Bank Holiday picking an early crop of apples from a lovely Orchard in Fernhurst, Sussex, where the owner was keen to clear the windfalls. Several of the trees were ready for picking, with Discovery and Bramley trees dropping fruit and bursting with fructose, following the recent hot, sunny weather. 170kg were picked and taken to the Garden Cider Company for the Swan Barn Orchard Wassail Account. Having opened early for apple deliveries, the bumper harvest this year will keep the Garden Cider (Craft Cider | The Garden Cider Company) team busy!
As a result of a resident’s call to Waverley Borough Council informing them that there were daffodil bulbs planted in memory of past residents on land due to be demolished at the entrance to Queen’s Mead, WBC asked Claire and Gareth Matthes of COPSE to dig up and rescue the bulbs for storage and eventual replanting on completion of the new housing scheme. COPSE dug up and removed a large amount of bulbs following the guidance of two residents, who had indicated where they remember seeing them in bloom earlier this year. Approximately 14kgs of bulbs were rescued and stored.
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.