Soup-er powered volunteering!

What started as just another mild grey (early spring?!?) wednesday, the 27th of March was transformed thanks to Friends of Berrylands Nature Reserve volunteers, soup-er powered by Cafe Rosa. The volunteers work to spread woodchip on the paths and clear invasive species....

A crisp but cracking start to 2019!

A crystal blue January sky and oaks glazed with frost welcomed us on what was the first official conservation day of 2019. Frozen blades of grass crunched underfoot, as our merry band of volunteers wandered through this wintry scene to kick start what we hope will be an exciting, fun filled and productive year on the nature reserve. The first point of call of the day was to give all our newly planted whips the best chance of survival possible. We have a fantastic selection of native hedgerow trees including field maple, dog rose, blackthorn and hawthorn, that we...

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Green Lane Community Orchard – Planting Day!

“Months of preparation for a new community orchard culminated on Saturday 15th December with  participants, expertly schooled by the Orchard Project, planting trees and fruit bushes. After digging suitable holes, tree roots were dipped into a mycorrhizal application of beneficial fungi. This is designed to colonise the roots and create an early mycelial network within the soil, increasing nutrient and water uptake. The trees were surrounded in protective cages and three fruit bushes – a gooseberry, red currant, white currant or a black currant – were planted around the base. Amongst the trees planted were: a cider apple (Tremlex...

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