Beyton Old Orchard
Beyton Old Orchard Project
This is a collaboration between Beyton Middle School and Beyton Environmental Group.
We are restoring some of the 60 year old trees by careful winter pruning and trying to maximise the whole area for wildlife. There are breeding newts and damselflies in the pond and nesting birds, such as Blackcap, in the scrubby areas.
We are reducing the nettle areas, although this year has been a bumper year for nettle growth!
There are eight new trees and about 20 old ones. Varieties include Tydeman’s Early Worcester, Bramley’s Seedling, D’Arcy Spice, Egremont Russet, Ribston Pippin and Laxton Superb. The new trees are Tydeman’s Late Orange, Peasgood’s Nonsuch, Clopton Red, St. Edmund’s Russet, Conference and Suffolk Thorn (pears) and Laxton’s Ideal and Victoria (plums).
The site is used by the school as an educational resource on a regular basis.