Watts Gallery Orchard was visited to check upon four fruit trees ring-barked by deer during a cold-snap in winter 2021, between fence repairs. The Estate’s team acted quickly to resolve the situation by patching up the wounded trees and to repair fencing to prevent further damage.
We were pleased to see all the trees alive, generally looking healthy and most with fruit. The Orchard was looking beautiful with yellow blossoms of wild parsnip, mullein and fleabane in full-glory. The fruit trees are likely to have fared well after the deer damage, following a relatively wet summer… finger-crossed for these trees next year.
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.