70 participants took part in activities at the Tent, which included Drop-in and Draw, Reptile Walks in the Orchard and wonderful discussions took place with Chris Sharples and COPSE about the array of wildlife and varied plant species found on the site, including glow-worms (see the images below).
Artist, Anna-Marie Garrett developed and delivered Badge Making, with 40 participants taking part in this drop-in activity throughout the day. The Watts worked closely with Anna to deliver workshops with schools in the lead up to this event, with the outcomes being the large collaborative Artworks which were displayed in the Woodlands.
The heritage apple trees included several Pippin varieties, local Surrey trees including Braddick Nonpariel, Duchess’s Favourite, Claygate Pearmain, a Sussex Crawley Beauty and a Schoolmaster espalier along a former fence-line. Many thanks to all who came along to support.
In March we could not attend the annual Surrey Biodiversity Conference, but did make Haslemere’s Great Green Get Together, with COPSE providing a talk, walk, planting an apple-tree and assisting Jane Devlin with her Smoothie Bike from the Chidd-Green team!
Earlier in the week we helped St. Bartholomew’s after school club, The Den, with a quince supplied and planted by Peter Clarke of Haslemere Rotary and an Schoolmaster espalier donated by RHS Wisley and planted by COPSE. We also planted the final Jubilee apple, an Arthur Turner within an orchard in the fantastic Woolmer Hill Garden, created by Sally Spaarkogel
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.