Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve, near Yate and Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire.

The Nature Reserve is run by the Wapley Bushes Conservation Group, a small group of volunteers.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Major award for local beauty spot as Wapley Bushes wins Green Flag

We are pleased to announce that Wapley Bushes has won the Green Flag Community Award 2012, the national award scheme for well-managed, high-quality public and community parks and green spaces.

Our entry combined Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve, including our recently-planted Jubilee Hedge, with the new Orchard for the Future, which aims to restore heritage varieties of fruit in a public orchard.

We are particularly happy to have gained the Community Award because it recognises the efforts of all our volunteers.

The award will be presented at the next Wapley Work Morning  on 8th September – meet at the Shire Way gate at 10.00 am.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Orchard for the Future - successful tree pruning workshop

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We had an excellent workshop this morning pruning the old plum trees in front of the Wapley cottages. The trees hadn't been tended for many years, but we've managed to make a visible difference.

The workshop was led by local expert Graham White - Mr Fruit - and paid for by Dodington Parish Council. Graham explained to us that stone fruit should be pruned in the summer. Other fruit such as apple trees should be pruned in the winter, and Graham explained what we will need to do to look after the trees we planted last year.

The old trees in this small area are local varieties such as as Frampton Magnum plums. The new trees - most of which are on Wapley Common - are also local heritage varieties of apples, plums and other fruits.

Last year's new tree planting was financed by South Gloucestershire Council, organised by Wapley Bushes Conservation Group, and carried out by local volunteers - a real community project.