After a bout of Covid in early December, Claire and Gareth went on a West Country orchard break later in the month, to meet a Community-minded fruit grower, Tom from Adam's Apples (www.adamsappletrees.co.uk/). Tom has supplied us with some fine, healthy, fruit trees for several projects over the last few years and showed us his growing space, which Tom is currently converting to organic. We stayed at Highdown Farm's Cider Barn (highdownfarm.co.uk/the-farm/), adjacent to their lovely chicken-grazed orchard-space. We wish all our orchard friends, partners and volunteers a fruitful 2024 and look forward to seeing you all at our Wassail!
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.