The Orchard, really in name only rather than content has for many years been the home to a pair of geese and the occasional grazing ewe and her lambs. For the past couple of years these too have departed, and the land has lain fallow, an old Bramley and a couple of diseased Dittisham plum trees being the only sign of 'times past'
Yesterday we started on the first steps to re establishing the orchard by removing the two plum trees. It's always sad to see any tree removed but these trees are local to only a very small area of the county and not at all common - although you can now buy Dittisham plum trees which have been grafted onto different root stock.
Day 1 : The first of many to come !
Photos: 1: Looking 'down' the orchard to the house.
Photo 2: Looking 'up' the orchard to the yard
Photo 3 & 4: The two Dittisham Plum trees
Photo 5: The 1st tree removed
Photo 6: Both trees removed