The pears (and the blackthorn and plums) are now in bloom, and we’ll post pictures of some of those soon, but today here are some more general pictures and news, highlighting recent work by students from the Apperley Centre in Stonehouse who visit regularly on Mondays and Wednesday mornings:
Martin Hayes, who supervises the students on site, explains the scarecrows:
Meet Sheila and Madoc, the Orchard Guardians or, their more common name, scarecrows. These two handsome beasts were made by students from the Apperley Centre in Stonehouse. They are guarding the wildflower seeds we have planted. Last years wildflowers were eaten by the sheep that were let in when ramblers left the gates open!!
Other pictures below include the new bug hotel, also built with student help, some general views of hedgerow blossom and, the recently fallen ancient willow pollard, dead for some time but toppled by winter storms: