You’re invited to a fruitful day at Blow’s Downs nature reserve

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A wildlife group has invited Dunstable Today readers to its Orchard Day at a Dunstable nature reserve on Friday (February 20).

You can help members of the WildlifeTrusts BCN (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire) plant fruit trees at Blow’s Downs.

The Trust’s Ruth Sneath said: “We welcome you to be involved from the start of this exciting community project, helping us transform a wildlife poor area of grassland and scrub into a vibrant orchard.

“Drop in between 10am and 1pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and have a go at planting an apple, pear or plum tree of a local variety.

“Each tree planted will be rewarded with a certificate and warming refreshments will be offered.

“Other activities on the day include squeezing fresh apple juice using a traditional apple press and making apple birdfeeders to take home, attracting birds to your outdoor space.

“Learn how birds and other wildlife can benefit from the orchard and the mosaic of habitats that it offers.

“The local community will benefit from this orchard for years to come through being able to pick your own fresh fruit. By caring for the new fruit trees while they grow, we hope that the local community will have a flourishing new habitat and community resource in years to come.”

This is a free event, but donations will be welcome and booking is recommended. Warm/waterproof outdoor clothing will be necessary.

Meet at the Station Road entrance of Blow’s Downs nature reserve. There will be some directional signs.

For bookings and further details contact Julie or Ruth on 01525 874317 or email toddington@wildlifebcn.org