Orchards have long been a traditional part of the English landscape but sadly they have been in sharp decline over the last few decades. Some have been simply neglected or forgotten but many more have been shamefully destroyed, to make way for more profitable crops or building work.
|Mansbridge Bounty by local Photographer & Enthusiast Bob Painton|
|The Ever-Watchful Eye of Mansbridge by Local Photographer Bob Painton|
The trees will benefit from being gradually pruned, in order that they can remain strong and produce a good crop of healthy apples and pears. A few paths may need to be considerately maintained to improve access to some areas. Different fruit trees (plums and cherries for instance) could be planted to take advantage of their earlier seasonal fruiting. Fences could be made by coppicing hazel to protect wildlife in sensitive areas. There will be more work to be done in the first couple of years but once the orchard establishes itself the job will become easier.