Planted in 1922 for the production of apples for the wholesale trade. Undisturbed by ploughing or pesticides for decades, and with a mix of fruit trees, meadow, hedgerows, wild scrub and copse, this vestige of the county’s orchard heritage is home to a rich community of flora and fauna.
"It’s a damp autumn morning in Coton Orchard. As I walk through rows and rows of twisted old fruit trees, various creatures weave in and out of my field of vision – foxes, a roe deer, a peregrine, three species of woodpecker. It’s like a watching an implausibly busy wildlife film." - Debbie Whitton Spriggs
Wassail King presided over the Wassail while his Queen and local revellers performed a rousing Wassail poem, specially written for the occasion. And so begins the Orchard's year. Spring brings with it Blossom Day. Summer hosts Nature week. Autumn brings the harvest. Winter pruning workshops.
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