Godalming Town and Waverley Borough Councils engaged with COPSE to plant an orchard at Eashing Cemetery, with 60 fruit trees to be planted over a five-year period. The first 12 trees were planted (three cherry and nine plums) on 20th November, with over 50 local residents helping-out. The plans for a Community Garden were also unveiled by Thakeham Homes, inviting resident's feedback. The Orchard planting took place near the entrance, with a trail to be developed around the perimeter of the Cemetery starting and ending at the Garden. During January COPSE hopes to organise a guided walk around the Cemetery.
After the Apple Day in October, we met-up with the Duke of Edinburgh volunteer team to plant some more hedgerow trees and mulch between the new hedge. Following the tidy-up of the plot by Waverley Borough Council in early 2021, the residents of Queensway have helped to showcase biodiversity in a variety of ways, including planting a Community orchard (with six heritage apple varieties), a 25m native hedge, installing a stag-beetle pyramid, bee hotel, ‘no-dig’ mulch along the site’s perimeter, ‘bark-chip’ store, reptile survey sheet, large habitat pile and a patch of orchid-turf. Next is the Wassail in January 2022….
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.