- April 15, 2019
- Posted by: Siobhan Baillie
- Category: Uncategorized
I really enjoyed spending time at the Longney Orchard with the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust. The Shrubberies School Apperley Centre students were there, working really hard to clear fallen branches and getting the orchard ready for spring.
The Trust have a number of sites to ’conserve, promote and celebrate’ traditional orchards within the county. I have included more information from their website below for ease of reference and do support them if you can.
In 2015 generous donations allowed GOT to buy 18 acres of Severnside land near Longney that included two fully productive but ancient orchards and an area of old orchard that can be re-planted.
The old orchards of Bollow and Long Tyning have hundreds of fruit trees representing over 35 varieties of apple, perry pears and plum. The field known as Middle Orchard is a remnant orchard with just a handful of trees remaining.
The site has a rich history, dating back to the reclamation of saltmarsh to make arable land in Romano-British times. There are traces of an ancient sea wall and ridge and furrow traces suggest cultivation from an early date. The present sea wall dates from the 1960s.
Our priority in Long Tyning and Bollow Orchards is to rejuvenate the trees and grassland whilst protecting and enhancing their high ecological value. Sheep-grazing will be introduced when initial work and fencing is completed. Middle Orchard, together with an adjacent field now re-named Lower Orchard, will be planted up with new plantings, including plums and the Gloucestershire Apple Collection.
All our activities at the Longney site are being undertaken in partnership with local community groups and with help from the Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project.
We will also be repairing the 19th century field barn between Long Tyning and Bollow to use as a base for our work in the orchards. And we have ambitions to restore the other building on the site– one of the last remaining Severn Fish-, or Salmon-, Houses, dating back to the mid/late-1700s.
Access to our Longney Orchards is via public footpaths – from the road in Longney village or from the Severn Way, which runs along the river bank.