It’s hard to believe, but it’s exactly five years ago today that we got together to plant the Orchard for the Future at Wapley. It was very much a joint effort – funded by South Glos, sited mostly on Dodington Parish Council land, planted by local volunteers, and looked after ever since by Wapley Bushes Conservation Group.
Virtually all the trees have survived, and we’re gradually getting a modest crop each year. All the fruit varieties are traditional and local to the area – there used to be lots of small orchards around here, but almost all have disappeared over the years. This is our small effort to roll back the trend.