ORCHARD RESTORATION PROJECT AT WINGMOOR FARM

The Directors of Grundon were very alarmed to learn about a 67% decline in traditional orchards in Gloucestershire after reading Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s ‘State of the Natural Environment Report’ published in August 2011.

The company decided to play its part in halting this type of habitat loss in the county by restoring a traditional orchard at its Bishops Cleeve site, near Cheltenham.

“People generally don’t realise that after a well-managed landfill site like Wingmoor Quarry has been filled with waste, we can re-profile the surface of the land and if appropriate, create a whole new landscape” said Richard Skehens, Managing Director.

“Although at Wingmoor the restored landform will be compatible with the existing landscape, we have the perfect opportunity to create a range of new habitats in line with local Biodiversity Action Plans. Part of our site already attracts barn owls and badgers”.

The Grundon orchard was restocked with traditional Gloucestershire trees on Thursday 1st December, planted by Richard Skehens, Managing Director and Dr. Gordon McGlone, Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

We are delighted that Grundon has been inspired to take action, after reading the State of the Natural Environment Report” said Dr. McGlone. “We need more local businesses to understand that by working with us, we can together make a difference to our natural environment and the wildlife living here.

Grundon is hoping that by planting these new trees, it will encourage threatened species such as the lesser spotted woodpecker, stag beetle and mistletoe to flourish once again.

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