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


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

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