In September COPSE, National Trust and Transition Haslemere met to look at how Swan Barn Orchard can be used by Community Groups, following the National Trust local team having to move out. Each week since September we have helped arrange tasks to pick fruit for a Volunteer apple pressing and other Community fruit-related projects. On 7th October we cleaned-out of the Orchard House and made juice with Blackdown NT Team. This week we picked apples to make Toffee Apple ice-cream for Halloween. Later in winter, we plan to prune the fruit trees, which the Herdwick Sheep (photographed) already help with.
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.