Conducting ecology surveys around the South East, Gareth makes time to visit lots of Community Orchards. These visits are invaluable to see where different orchards sit in the landscape, how other groups utilise the orchard space, maintain their orchards and whether there are lessons to be learnt and knowledge gained for our COPSE Orchards.
Whilst surveying the rich landscape west of Newbury, Gareth visited Barn Crescent Orchard, planted in 2012. The Orchard is within a small piece of land located to the rear of the Crescent, with a small copse planted during Lockdown 2021. A fitting memorial for these times!
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.