As well as the Climate Crisis we are also entering a Biodiversity Crisis and orchards managed sympathetically for nature, such as Eashing, could help nurture biodiversity locally. During July as part of Eashing Cemetery Remembrance Garden inaugural task we conducted a butterfly counts on this site, as part of the Butterfly Conservation Big Butterfly Count. Elsewhere in Surrey, the Royal Holloway University planted-up a Heritage Orchard to help Biodiversity on their Campus, see their Youtube-link. With a requirement for Councils to ensure Biodiversity Net Gain through the Environment Bill 2021, perhaps Community Orchard could help locally, to retain biodiversity hot-spots?
(10) The Making of the Royal Holloway University's Heritage Orchard and Campus Biodiversity | Part I - YouTube
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.