We finally – finally – after talking about it for two years and waiting for the nursery to lift the trees (delayed by the mild weather) planted the orchard in December 2014!
The Hutton family were out in force – having supplied more than half the trees in memory of Bill Hutton, who had farmed our fields for so many years, they probably wanted to know that things were being done properly – and did sterling work alongside most of the FHW committee.
It was a little more time-consuming than the rest of the wood – digging large holes and checking planting depths, before installing mulch mats and larger, hand-cut tree guards that needed stapling to the stakes – but by the time I got there, most of the work had been done.
I’ll post plans and information sheets about the varieties as soon as I have time.
(BTW I started this post at the time but, what with one thing and another, have only just got back to it, which hopefully explains any confusion on the timing of its posting).