Yesterday was a chill but sun-filled morning for harvesting ripe fruit for fizz - grapes for wine, apples for cider!
We joined a small crew to help our friend Al gather in the grapes from the small vineyard he manages. With an apple tree on the perimeter, it was the perfect opportunity to harvest crates of apples too!
A glut of green tomatoes and apples - o what to do?!?
Green tomato and apple glutney of course!
Continuing our journeys in discovering community orchards ....
Today we visited the Arundel Community Orchard - quite charming with a bridge across to it, varieties of pear and apple, a lovely rustic bench for rest and reflection, alive with insect life. An inspiring visit.#orchards #Arundel #communityorchard #fruits @ Arundel, West Sussex
What’s the buzz at Watts?
We dropped by The Watts Gallery orchard today to water the fruit trees in advance of the especially hot weather. Look what we found! Volunteers have been busy creating this new bee and bug hotel. The orchard trees and their little bug friends thank you!
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.