Orchard tidy up

We had a little tidy up of the orchard next to Mare Barn – scythes and loppers at the ready a keen band of helpers, including our DofE volunteers, attacked long grass, bracken and bramble.

orchard before

The difference after a couple of hours is quite something –

orchard after

What we really need is a couple of sheep on permanent duty.

Sadly this year due to a late frost apples are very thin on the ground – or the tree even. But there will be other years and hopefully we will be rewarded for our hard work then.

This very interesting caterpillar was found in some hazel

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the exotic looking beauty was identified as the caterpillar of the not so exotic Pale Tussock Moth

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