Traditional Orchard Conservation
Although there has been a loss and decline in condition of Traditional Orchards from the 1950s onwards some examples still exist in Barnsley and there is scope for their conservation and restoration. More recently there has also been interest in the creation of small scale community orchards and a rising demand for older, regional fruit varieties.
Causes of loss or decline of Traditional Orchard habitat
National policies have a presumption against clearance of or development on priority habitats.
Work on trees with Tree Preservation Orders or within Conservation Areas are subject to consultation with the local planning authority.
Natural England provides Standing Advice on the protection of Veteran Trees
Local Wildlife Site status is a material consideration in planning applications.
Work on orchards where protected species are present may commit offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981. Protected species include all breeding birds and all species of bats. Licences may be needed from Natural England.
Traditional Orchard Technical Notes
Site and tree selection, planting and establishing fruit trees, general pruning, formative pruning, maintenance pruning, restoration of neglected orchards, tree health, and wildlife.
Also available on agricology.co.uk
Good management practice
The key to positive conservation management of Traditional Orchards is to continue or reinstate low intensity management and undertake remedial action to counter any neglect.