Blossom Time!

At this time of year when you may spot blossom in orchards around the Three Counties.

There are three traditional orchards under the care of the Malvern Hills Trust as well as scattered fruit trees around the Hills and Commons.

Sadly, the Peoples Trust for Endangered Species reports that 90% of the country's traditional orchards have been lost since the 1950's. Therefore, restoring orchards through the planting of young trees, sensitive pruning and removal of scrub is important in conserving these important habitats.

Our volunteers have recently been undertaking some tree care in the Memorial Orchard in the Townsend Way Community Woodland.  Removing competitive grasses from around the base of the trees and adding mulch (composted material) helps to suppress weeds and retain moisture.  

On the task, volunteers also cleared scrub to provide more open areas for wildflowers and butterflies, and cut back overhanging vegetation to improve access for visitors to this peaceful spot.

Our most recent restoration is of Polly's Orchard on the eastern edge of Malvern Common.  In 2022, thanks to the Forestry Commission's Urban Tree Challenge Fund, 10 new plum trees have been planted in an old redundant plum orchard.   Local varieties have been chosen and the fruit will be available to the Community.

In winter 2022/23 a further two plum trees were planted thanks to a kind donation.  These are Malling Elizabeth variety to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

Spring is one of the best times of year to visit orchards when they are in blossom.  Find out about some of the orchards we care for and where to see beautiful blossoms.

The counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire have a rich history and heritage relating to traditional orchards so you'll also find other orchards in the local landscape.