No damsons in distress following orchard advice

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 25 Jan 2018

NOT everyone associates power stations with the environment and nature conservation but that is exactly what is happening at Stallingborough.

In addition to the ponds, hedges, meadows and woodland managed especially for wildlife at the South Humber Bank Power Station, as well as a rare breed of sheep grazing on the land, new owners EP UK laid on a special training course for conservationists involved with managing the traditional orchards of the area to show exactly how it should be done!

Orchards are hotspots for biodiversity in the countryside, supporting a wide range of wildlife and including an array of nationally rare and nationally scarce species. 

Alan Linnegar and Ann Hindley with Marc Richmond

The traditional orchard with local varieties of apples, pears, damsons and cherries was planted 12 years ago at the site and desperately needed its first pruning as it has grown so well. 

This included repairing trees whose branches had snapped through the weight of fruit in some years.

Enter Marc Richmond, an orchard specialist who trained with the Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley, who came to pass on his skills to more than a dozen local conservationists involved with the Greater Lincolnshire

Nature Strategy, where traditional orchards are one of the priority habitats. 

His students included tree officers and other countryside specialists, volunteers involved with conservation, a beekeeper and volunteers from a fruit harvesting project, coming from all across northern Lincolnshire.

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