Have you gone batty, discover which bats are flying around your orchard.
- 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Going Batty Walk
Milstead community school orchard is a large traditional cherry orchard with some smaller trees on a dwarfing rootstock. It shares its importance in the area with another traditional orchard in Milstead. The Torry Hill cherry orchards in particular produce around 15 different varieties of cherry, a former staple product of the Kent countryside. The orchard also sits adjacent to a new local crop; 12 acres of fruit trees are now producing juicy English apricots.
The estate participates in conservation and countryside stewardship schemes, including the establishment of conservation strips around arable fields, creating ‘beetle banks’, if you are lucky you may see a hare enjoying the openness of the parkland next to the orchard.
John Leigh Pemberton of the Torry Hill Estate manages this community orchard under an environmental organic scheme and has kindly let schools use it for educational activities.
Look out for various educational programmes for schools as they are added to the web hub for use in the community orchards. It could be discovering the heritage of orchards through drama or learning to survey trees or meadows by designing a poster for the sale of a wildlife home.