As Isaac and I have both previously blogged about, we are helping Jamie, CWT’s Education Officer, with his project collecting crab apple and sloe seeds for the Kew Gardens Millennium Seed Bank. On this Monday, we returned to Edward Mills’ woodland in the Rusland Valley to collect apples of previously tagged trees and tag some more. We then went to see Annie Meanwell, who has a small farm in the Rusland Valley. On and around her land there are a lot of Crab Apple trees and Sloe bushes (Blackthorn), from which Annie had kindly offered to collect some fruit for our project! We tagged her and her neighbours’ trees, then sorted, labelled and bagged the fruit we had collected that day, as well as pressing a specimen of Annie’s Blackthorn – a relaxed yet productive day!
Crab Apples, Sloe Berries, meeting 'The Rusland Shepherdess' at Syke farm!
10th October 2016 - Fruit collecting and tree tagging with Jamie and Annie Meanwell