820 rootstocks heeled in ready for planting

Traditional orchards as wildlife habitats

In amongst a couple of old apple trees today I’ve found these beautiful mushrooms, honey combs from bees nesting in a large hollow trunk and some bird nests.
This is why traditional orchards are such an important habitat, especially on farms where there is regularly a serious lack of wildlife.


This shed at the nursery was built using timber from a sustainably managed woodland 5 miles away.
During the summer when my nursery workload isn’t so manic I can build bespoke constructions for people.


Here’s a link to some courses being run by the Marcher Apple Network.
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