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TYLCAU HILL ORCHARD PROJECT

Wednesday 18th February 2015

Planting fruit trees at Tylcau Reserve

Tylcau Hill is a natural hillside of diverse flower-rich farmland reserve that has been spared from intensive improvements. Old hedgerows and scrub provide important breeding areas for wildlife, particularly birds.

The Trust has been working here on a community wildlife orchard project for more than a year and we are now nearing the end of the project. Nearly 100 traditional Welsh fruit trees, mostly apple, have been planted by our volunteers. The varieties chosen have been proven to be hardy at higher elevations and all are well proven before the 20c and the use of chemicals. Shelter belts of native species such as Hawthorn and Bird Cherry, and pollinators such as Crab Apple have also been planted.

The photos show different stages of the volunteer’s work including the wiring up of cages to prevent damage from grazing cattle. The project has been funded in part by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Planting trees at Tylcau ReservePutting cages round newly planted treesTylcau Orchard

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