A very special thanks to Surrey Community Foundation (www.cfsurrey.org.uk) and their Orchid Environmental Trust Fund for helping to support COPSE with funding from February, for a three to six month set-up period. There is lots that COPSE needs to put in place in order to establish ourselves as a key provider of Community and Tradtional Orchard sites across the South East. We are really encouraged by initial feedback from local groups we have made contact with and have a number of exciting projects we plan to implement over the coming months.
On Saturday we planted seven fruit trees, three apples, two cobnuts, a pear and a quince with five families who lived adjacent to the orchard. A very special thank you to Mark Gittos and VIVID (https://www.vividhomes.co.uk/news/children-fruit-trees) for all their support and the engagement that took place in 2019, to allow this new orchard to blossom.
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COPSE could not wait for the Orchard Wassails taking place on the twelth night after Christmas, so we brought the New Year in with a small Wassail to ensure the 2020 crop, with the following reading:
'Stand fast, root! bear well, top!
Pray God send us a good howling crop:
Every twig, apples big;
Every bough, apples enow!'
Followed by a chorus of howls from the COPSE... to banish the bad spirits of 2019!
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.