Work continues on the wildlife food forest, albeit slowly, at my local primary school. I was going to mock up the gabion baskets for the horseshoe enclosure, using bits of bamboo. But I ran out of time, so instead took down the apple trees.
There are 3 varieties, all on dwarfing M26 rootstock, so they won’t grow more than 2 metres tall. The varieties are:
I talked to the members of the Eco-council about grafting and rootstocks. And botanical binomial names. Yes, it’s a primary school but they seemed to take it in!
I was going to plant them out but we discovered last week that there’s an old playground about 10cm beneath the top soil, beneath a layer of weed fabric. My guess is that the fabric was put down with a thick layer of wood chip, which has slowly turned into soil.
The next session will be the mock bamboo gabions, which will give a better idea of volume and position.