We were very sad to find out that our friend and stalwart COPSE supporter Tony Flowers passed away earlier this month. Tony has supported and attended most of our events at Swan Barn, planting a Major Apple Tree (pictured here with Ranger Dee Durham), which we dedicate to Tony’s memory. We wish Tony’s partner Nicky our deepest sympathies… we will miss Tony’s enquiring mind, dry wit, warm smile and kind nature.
Later in August we finalised John Steere’s Orchard filming with additional audio, the final cut to follow! Claire did some initial harvesting of plums for making Charitable Chutneys.
The fruit trees at Puttenham Parish’s Hog’s-Back Orchard were given some tender loving care, with the trees weeded and mulched at this lovely downland meadow. During winter 2022 the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust removed an area of dense scrub to make way for a new pond in a scrubby corner of the meadow. With the pond liner purchased, it was time to dig this small pond only 350m from School Pond where great crested newts breed. A new chalk bund by the pond will also be created and is likely to be popular with chalk downland plants and insects.
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.