|Mr Fruit explained how to prune fruit trees to get the best shape in the future|
|Mr Fruit checking up on some of the pruning carried out by the volunteers|
Wapley Bushes Conservation Group were very pleased by the turnout for their Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop at Wapley on 15 February. Twenty people attended, representing eight environmental groups from across South Gloucestershire and a number of private landowners,
The workshop was run by “Mr Fruit” Graham White who has advised the Conservation Group and Dodington Parish Council ever since they planted the “Orchard For The Future” on Wapley Common in March 2011.
“We were very glad to offer this training opportunity to other groups like ourselves” said Cllr Paul Hulbert, who is a regular volunteer at the Nature Reserve. “This area used to have a lot of small orchards, but most have been lost. We’re keen to get lots of community orchards started again, and we need to spread the skills needed to maintain them”
Wapley Bushes Conservation Group’s next practical event will be a woodland work morning and spring clean on Saturday 14 March from 10.00 am to enhance the biodiversity of this precious nature reserve.
“Everyone is welcome” said Cllr Hulbert. “Please wear stout footwear, but we will provide the tools. We shall be meeting at the Shire Way entrance to the woodland, south Yate, BS37 8US”