COPSE conducted an engagement event, inviting Plot-holders to share thoughts on a new Community Orchard adjacent to their Allotment site. Despite heavy rain eight plot holders (from four plots) and several dog-walkers met with us. Concerns and queries included:
Who will manage the orchard;
Is the soil good for fruit trees;
Will the orchard attract undesirable visitors?
The retention of the existing mature oak and birch trees was also a concern of plot-holders and has been a common theme with much of our feedback to date. A second Allotment Engagement event is planned for late July, hopefully during nice weather!
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.