Bringing Wildlife Closer to Home
Cambridgeshire has been losing its traditional orchards as they are no longer economical. As a small contribution to the Habitat Action Plan for Orchards, a small, mixed fruit orchard, primarily for the benefit of wildlife has been created. Where possible, reasonably locally developed varieties have been planted. However, it is also recognised that disease resistance is important in an orchard that will not be chemically treated, so a few varieties from elsewhere have been included. Twenty two trees have been planted, some through St Neots Town Council's Celebration Tree Scheme and others directly sponsored by individuals. A notice board was installed in April 2012 and this has details of the trees and their sponsors, as well as a location plan. For more details of the varieties planted, click here.
Below are views of the orchard taken during 2011 and the notice board in 2012.
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