If you have been walking from Mill Street to the Castle Meadows recently you may have noticed some activity.

A group of Community Orchard volunteers, under the guidance of Keep Wales Tidy Project Officer Tom Ward-Jackson, have been laying the boundary hedge.

The hedge was planted exactly 10 years ago, at the same time as the fruit trees were planted, with the intention of eventually laying it.

The trees, supplied by the Woodland Trust, are a mixture of native species – hazel, blackthorn, elder and wild rose.

Laying the hedge, in the traditional Monmouthshire style, will create an ideal habitat for nesting birds, small mammals and invertebrates as well as being pleasing to the eye.

This is just part of the ongoing work at the Community Orchard – all carried out by volunteers.

The future work programme includes more hedgelaying, fruit tree pruning, grassland management and managing the boundaries. There’s always something to be done.

The Community Orchard is run entirely by volunteers and welcomes anyone who would like to contribute.

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