Changing the Guard!

The long and tedious job of guard maintenance takes another step this spring as many of the older trees have their guards reduced now that the are (hopefully) safe from browsing sheep.

It also allows us to change the strapping to one point now whereas with the taller mesh guard they had to be strapped centrally to stop the young growth from being damaged by it’s own protection!

Before
and After
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Frost damage

The frosts at the end of March and first 2 weeks of April have burnt a lot of the earlier walnut and heartnut varieties but thankfully they are all now starting to show signs of revival.

The juvenile male flowers on some varieties were destroyed but not totally and because we have such a range of varieties there should be pollen to cover everything. We don’t yet know if any female flowers were affected but we’ll see in the next month or so.

Many of the trees were just stopped in their tracks and some have escaped damage even though buds had broken, good to know!

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