Woodland and Wildflower meadow
Our first new woodland and wildflower meadow was planted early 2011. We planted 5,400 mixed deciduous native trees and shrubs which were undersown with a mix of annual and perennial wildflowers. To learn more about this project please visit our woodland page.
In 2013 we planted 100 fruit trees, including apples, pears and plums, all of which were heritage varieties, and all of which were different. The site chosen was an exposed south east facing slope so it was important that many varieties were trialed in order to better assess which varieties perform well in this location. Those found to produce well and to be happy growing in their current location will be planted out in other areas of the farm over the coming years.
It takes at least 5 years for fruit trees to produce a viable crop when grown on tall growing root stocks, last year, 2017, gave us our first small crop, with some trees producing really well. We look forward to seeing what 2018 brings.