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Orchards

In quiet corners of the Severn Vale, lichen-covered apple trees stand as reminders of a time when virtually every farm had a mixed orchard close to the farmhouse.

Sadly, about 75% of Gloucestershire’s old orchards have been lost in the last fifty years and, with them, many local varieties of fruit.

Despite this, orchards remain a distinctive feature of the area and, crucially, they provide an important wildlife habitat, partly because herbicide use is rare.

A Forgotten Landscape surveyed 88 orchards with the help  of trained volunteers, bringing four back to their former glory and creating three new ones.

© 2019 A Forgotten Landscape: A Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership Scheme.

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