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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Foragers Survives Atlantic Storm

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While the grass management team are happy with their new sheep shelter (built yesterday before the storm), we are even happier that our two Premier Polytunnels easily withstood last night's major Atlantic storm, with windspeeds of 32mph + and gusts of 60mph upwards.We had to work under floodlight to get most of the roof on before the storm hit.It didn't take them long to bunker down with some nice
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Hedge Planting

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1200 bareroot hedge whips planted this week throughout the site, mostly Hornbeam but also some other bird friendly varieties including Hawthorn, Wild Privet, Hazel, Guelder Rose and Blackthorn.   We were blessed with ideal weather for planting; no heavy rain and temperatures above freezing.  Hoping that the Rootgrow gel as recommended by RHS with help the young plants thrive in order to provide
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Windbreak Fence Almost Complete

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We have been blessed with some great weather this week helping us to put up the windbreak mesh. Some gentle breezes made the job a challenge at times, but almost complete. Just need to order 17 more metres of material and finish off with cable ties.
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