This 2022 project plans to plant 70 heritage fruit trees, as well as pollinating native hedging with members of the Community in towns, villages and parishes around us. On 25th May Hilary Neilson planted the first of our fruit trees, a Padley Pippin (Heritage London Apple) at Swan Barn Orchard in Haslemere, followed by Mandy later that day planting a Claygate Pearmain (Surrey Apple) at Queenway Orchard Space, Cranleigh.
Thank you to the Swan Barn Orchard Group, Cranleigh and Queensway residents for helping us to make the day a special one and look forward to planting more trees this year.
In April botanist Giles Groome conducted a botanical survey at Watts Orchard Space, including the adjacent ancient-wood and car-parking area (see maps). Surprisingly the area that supported the most notable plants was the car-park, where acid-grassland species grow, such as small cudweed. During the May-Bioblitz Gareth conducted reptile and botanical walks around the space, while Claire and Susan engaged with visitors showing them smooth newts and pond life we found in Watts-pond as well as slow-worms. Thank you to Sarah Jarvis, Chris Sharples and the Watts team for organising such as lovely event, we certainly hope to assist next year.
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.