In the New Year, Orchard Origins and the Herefordshire Nature Trust are running a series of workshops on orchard maintenance and hedge-laying that promote wildlife-friendly practices.
There has been a huge decline in traditional orchards and hedgerows in the UK since the 1950s. When sensitively managed for fruit production and wildlife orchards support a huge diversity of insects, mammals, birds and plants. Hedges provide natural corridors and nesting sites for a host of different species. Understanding and practising traditional management techniques will help conserve these fragile habitats.
Orchard Origins is hosting three one-day courses on different aspects of orchard maintenance. The course tutor, Tim Dixon from the Colwall Orchard Group, is one of the country’s most qualified orchard specialists with many years experience managing traditional orchards.
Jan 7 Pruning for different tree forms plus Pests and diseases. Tidnor Wood Orchard
Jan 21 Perry Pears. Davies Meadow Orchard
Feb 4 Introduction to Stone Fruit plus Orchards and Wildlife. Colwall Orchard
For more information please contact Julia Morton on 01432 356872 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hedge-laying is an ancient way of managing hedges that extend their life and function for many years. Herefordshire Nature Trust is running a training weekend on Jan 11th and 12th at Birches Farm near Kington. The event is run by Nature Reserves’ staff.
If you are interested please contact Doug Lloyd on 01432 356 872 or email email@example.com