During half-term we were at Warlingham Forest School, a Surrey County Council owned site near Croydon, to provide some new wildlife homes, make juice with the Forest School families and inspect fruit trees planted in March 2023.
We made several litres of fresh apple juice with the children and then presented a Surrey Climate Commission funded hedgehog house, bird box and bee hotel to the Forest School. The planted apple trees were also checked with four trees not surviving summer, likely due to introduced, sterile top-soil replacing soil riddled with bramble roots! Replacement fruit trees are planned for 2024.
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.