BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild December -

A tra­di­tion­ally man­aged, his­toric or­chard will have the most to of­fer in terms of fauna and flora. The fol­low­ing se­lec­tion, which are also des­ig­nated na­ture re­serves, should fit the bill nicely.

1 Killer­ton es­tate in Devon, is run by the Na­tional Trust and has 50 acres of or­chard, play­ing host to over 100 ap­ple cul­ti­vars, in­clud­ing the oddly named ‘slack ma gir­dle’ and ‘hangy down’.

2 The Sturts North is an old, one­hectare cider or­chard man­aged by Here­ford­shire Wildlife Trust. The re­serve con­tains a num­ber of old and newly planted trees, with lo­cal fruit va­ri­eties.

3 Knapp and Paper­mill Re­serve on the edge of the Malverns is man­aged by Worces­ter­shire Wildlife Trust and plays host to a fine col­lec­tion of ap­ple trees.

4 Tewin Or­chard north­east of Wel­wyn Gar­den City, this or­chard is man­aged by Hert­ford­shire and Mid­dle­sex Wildlife Trust. It is a tra­di­tional vil­lage or­chard.

5 No Man’s Com­mu­nity Or­chard in Kent is co-owned by Chartham and Har­ble­down parish coun­cils and is the first or­chard to be des­ig­nated a lo­cal na­ture re­serve in the UK.

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