Wild about Orchards at The Knapp

Monday 14th September 2015

Apples at the Knapp (c) Paul LaneApples at the Knapp (c) Paul Lane

Worcestershire residents are being invited to a day of orchard fun at a local nature reserve.

Apple juicing at the Knapp (c) Peter CaseThe Knapp and Papermill nature reserve, owned by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, will play host to a range of orchard-themed activities between 11am and 3pm on Sunday 27th September. Staff and volunteers from the Trust will be apple juicing, leading guided walks and running apple-themed activities for young and old alike.

Hannah Thomas, Engagement Officer for the Trust, explained “It’s the perfect time of year to be thinking about harvesting some of the fruit that nature has to offer.

“We’ve been working closely with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s Orchard Origins project to produce apple juice for sale from our own orchards; we’ll have their juicer on site for the event so are encouraging visitors to bring their own apples.

“It’s all about the apples and the orchards – from apple juicing and apple tasting to orchard bingo and orchard bug hunts there will be something for everyone.

Havens for wildlife

The Knapp and Papermill nature reserve is nestled in the valley of the Leigh Brook. As well as the orchard and brook, the nature trail around the reserve also passes through woodland and meadows.

Noble chafer frass (c) Jenni SchenkeOrchards can be havens for wildlife – from bats roosting in hollow trees and birds making nests in holes to bees feeding on blossom and butterflies feeding on fallen fruit.

Orchards are also home to one of the UK’s rarest beetles; the noble chafer. Noble chafers have been discovered in The Knapp and Papermill’s orchard but are on the wing during summer. Guided walks on Sunday will show visitors how to test for their presence by finding their poo.

Hannah added “We’ll have plenty for both children and grown-ups alike including guided orchard walks, an apple trail, orchard wildlife spotting and more.”

Tea, coffee and light snacks will be available throughout the event. Admission is free but donations are welcome and there will be a small charge for juicing.

The reserve is three miles from the A4103 Worcester to Hereford Road and will be signposted on the day. On-site parking is available.

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