The strip of Council land between St George’s playing field and the Coles ground was set up last autumn as a woodland trail incorporating an orchard area. The apple trees (twelve varieties) and hedge saplings planted in the area during the winter months have done well. The hedging will provide shelter for the apple trees; nesting and feeding habitat for birds, plus providing a valuable source of food for pollinating insects. Wildlife has flourished on the area with 9 species of butterfly seen on one single occasion earlier this year. In spring and autumn a number of migrant birds have passed through this area and it contains a variety of our resident birds throughout the year.
There is a small Friends group at present who monitor and maintain the area but more people would be welcome. The Friends group provides ideas, advice and maintenance of the area and meets up several times a year to check on progress and tidy up.
The pre-school have already used this area and it is hoped that St George’s School will use it for outdoor learning.
If you would like to join the Friends group and be kept informed of sightings, events (e.g. apple harvesting and tasting days) and maintenance days please inform Sue Spilling.
phone: 01929 426699