The apple trees are growing.

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It's now 16 months since our orchard was planted. Most of the trees are thriving with some slower growers too. This year we had to increase the height of the tree guards to combat our tall sheep. It was a time consuming task but an important investment for the future success of the orchard (we hope). 90% of the timber used was recycled from donated pallets. A big thank you to local businesses; A&M
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The birth of a cider orchard

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FORAGERS’ ORCHARD TAKES SHAPE231 apples trees (9 cider varieties augmented by some desserts, cookers and crabs) were planted in late March 2015 on an old, long-established wildflower and grass meadow.The planning stage was a vital part of the processNewly planted trees - March 2015To stake or or not to stake - that was the question??Our grass management team of 3 blackface ewes and 1 texel/mule wether
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All Apple Trees Now in the Ground

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We are delighted to have now completed the task of planting all 231 trees into our orchard. 9 cider varieties, 2 cooker varieties, 2 dessert varietiesand some crabs to encourage pollinators.Our next task is to build guards round the young trees to protect them from our small flock of blackface ewes who manage the grass far more effectively (and less costly) than a mechanised solution.  Thankfully
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Orchard Ready for Tree Planting

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Our 2 acre field will soon be an orchard.  9 varieties of cider apple trees are being planted in the next week or so.  Better get the spade out! With the windbreak/deer fence now complete and the sheep decanted to another area we are now marking out the location of the trees. OCD was kicking in so I think our lines are straight enough and spacing accurate using a low tech method with 5m measuring
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