Earlier in September COPSE was pleased to have a stand at Surrey Hills Wood Fair , Cranleigh providing children and families with a hand’s-on juicing experience, thanks to a Betty Riseley Trust grant. We later juiced at Swan Barn, Haslemere in September with the National Trust Wednesday team, to create juice for cider making towards the 2024 Wassail.
At the end of the month we did a mini-juicing and meadow management session at Parson’s Green with Waverley Borough residents. We also spread 1m2 pockets of Emorsgate EM1 meadow seed (as well as Yellow Rattle) in each corner of the space.
This week we have been inspecting several ponds installed on Community Orchard spaces. At Queensway Orchard, Cranleigh we installed a water-butt overflow to redirect water straight into a new pond installed on site, thanks to some nifty work of Waverley Borough Councillor, Ken Reed.
Today at Puttenham Parish's Hog's-back orchard, we inspected a recently installed pond on this chalk-downland site, removing geotextile from the bottom of the pond, to reduce future maintenance issues. Butterfly Conservation Trust were also on site maintaining small blue butterfly kidney vetch scrapes, by removing dogwood. Both ponds now need finishing, with their pond-liner margins dug in.
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.