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The Lawn Orchard was planted in 1898 by Maureen's Great Grandfather, Benjamin Goodger. Her Grandfather took it over and then Maureen and her husband took it on from him in 1995. Her Uncle has told her that some of the old plum trees, Victoria, Monarch and Pond's Seedling varieties, still fruiting in the orchard were planted by her Great Grandfather over 100 years ago whereas the youngest fruiting plum trees in the orchard are two years old.
Maureen and her husband run the orchard between them, and Maureen also grows soft fruit and vegetables to sell in Maureen's Farm Shop on the site. The orchard fruit usually ripens from about the end of July and the plum season ends in September, while there are apples and pears still ripening in October. In November and December any tree planting is done where necessary to replace dead trees. During the winter up until April the fruit trees other than the plums are pruned. Plum trees cannot be pruned in winter as they might then get a disease called "silverleaf".
In the spring grass and weeds are removed to keep a clear area of two feet around the trees and in March the ground is fertilized before the trees start their spring growth. The plum trees are pruned in the summer, from the end of May. The aim of pruning to clear the middle of the trees to allow light and air between the branches. Any branches which would hang down and break under the weight of the plums are also removed. Pruning also allows the removal of any areas starting to be infested by "fly", which includes insects such as the Plum Sawfly.
Maureen aims to manage the orchard in a wildlife friendly way. Roe deer and Muntjac visit the orchard to eat fallen apples. In some years the orchard has had families of Tree Sparrows, which are very rare elsewhere, nesting in the fruit trees. Other nesting birds included Swallows nesting in the sheds.
Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Turtle Doves may also be spotted here, as well as Robins, Dunnocks, Long Tailed Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits, House Sparrow, Blackbirds, Mistle Thrush, Starlings, Wood Pigeons, Collard Doves, Stock Doves, Rooks, Jackdaws, Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Pheasants, Mallard Ducks and Moorhens. Insects you may see include Red Admiral and Peacock Butterflies and Bumble Bees, Honey Bees and Red Mason Bees.
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The Lawn Orchard, St Ives Road, Somersham, Huntingdon, PE28 3ET
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