Histon & Impington Community Orchard Project

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26th November 2017 – Today we built three compost bins, using old pallets and posts recycled from the tree fortresses. We’ll fill them with mowings, prunings, and the left over pulp from juicing events over the coming years.

Last of the cages removed

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28 October 2017 – The last of the cages were removed on 28 October 2017. These were originally built to protect the trees from deer and rabbits. They gave the trees good protection when first installed, but they made it hard to weed and they were starting to constrain the growth. The orchard has a more natural look now.

Orchard maintenance – 2017

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This Summer (2017) we’ve been removing the cages that were built to protect the trees from deer and rabbits. These were great when first installed and gave the trees good protection, but they made it hard to weed and they were starting to constrain the growth. We’ve now removed about 45 cages, with about 6 to go.

Bird in the Hand Breakfast – 2017

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1st July 2017 – Thanks to the RSPB, Hedgehog Gardens and the Wildlife Trust for this opportunity to find out about local wildlife. The RSPB were ringing birds and monitoring the health of local species. Hedgehog Gardens provided advice on what you can do to help hedgehogs in your garden. And the bonus of cooked breakfasts served by Phil and Wayne, aided and abetted by the HICOP volunteers!

Thanks to Nigel Searle for the photos.

More wildflowers

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20th May 2017 – Preparing beds for planting wildflowers. The Brownies have grown wildflowers from seed and will be planting the young plants soon.