Plum job for Mr Fruit

March 01 2015

A FRUIT tree expert has demonstrated traditional techniques that are needed to care for orchards at an event in Yate.

Plum job for Mr Fruit

A FRUIT tree expert has demonstrated traditional techniques that are needed to care for orchards at an event in Yate.
Wapley Bushes Conservation Group hosted the workshop, which was run at the reserve by Graham White – known as Mr Fruit.
Dodington councillor Paul Hulbert, a regular volunteer at the site, said there was a good turnout on the day, including private landowners and representatives of environmental groups from across South Gloucestershire.
He said: “We were very glad to offer this training opportunity to other groups like ourselves.
“This area used to have a lot of small orchards but most have been lost. We're keen to get lots of community orchards started again and we need to spread the skills needed to maintain them."
Mr White has advised the conservation group and the parish council ever since they planted what is known as the Orchard for the Future on Wapley Common four years ago.
His workshop was aimed at those keen to preserve traditional fruit trees, including local apple varieties such as Hunt’s Duke of Gloucester, as well as modern apple, pear and quince trees.
They also learnt about South Gloucestershire tree varieties such as the Magnum Plum tree, which can only be found in Winterbourne and Frampton Cotterell and used to be used for jam making in factories in Bristol.
Mr Hulbert said the conservation group’s next practical event would be a woodland work morning and spring clean on Saturday, March 14, starting at 10am.
He said: “Everyone is welcome. They should wear stout footwear but we will provide the tools.”
Anyone interested in taking part should meet at the Shire Way entrance to the woodland in south Yate.