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West Wycombe Community Orchard

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Our Community Orchard is beginning to develop and on May 9th Year 5 from our school made another visit – this time they helped to plant yellow rattle plants and sow wild flower seeds in the crescent shaped bare soil areas created on their first visit. The bank behind each crescent is a beetle bank which will encourage insects. Log seats have also been installed.

For a while the gates at both ends of the orchard will be locked so that the seed beds and plants will have a period of time to get established.

We know there are Tawny Owls living in the wooded area between Church Lane and the Community Orchard so two breeding boxes have been made and will be installed later before the breeding season starts.

This project is long term, but the Parish Council wanted to create a quiet space which our parish residents can visit and sit; we hope the Community Orchard will just be able to provide that quiet private space for local people.

 

 

Friday 11th March 2022

The Parish Council have started creating our Community Orchard in the field above our Burial Ground.

The Year 5 children and their teachers from West Wycombe School worked with us and volunteers from the Chiltern Rangers by planting apple, pear and plum trees as well as hedge row shrubs, clearing turf ready to sow wild flower seeds, making beetle banks and building 15 bird boxes. 12 of the bird boxes we put up in trees around the perimeter of the burial ground and orchard.

The children will be coming back in May to sow the seeds and plant yellow rattle, we also be installing some rustic seating.

You can find a selection of photographs in the Community Orchard section of our Gallery.

 

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