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Long Mead Orchard 30 Nov 2014 Catriona Bass introduces a treasured County Wildlife Site and another triumph for local people

Most people will know Long Mead Orchard from the toll bridge queue: last winter’s floods lapping around the trees from December until March, the unnerving sea of silt that appeared in 2011 and (for those who know the queue of old), the many harvests of stinging nettles and thistles before.

This year, all has come good: gorgeous blossom in the spring and a multi-coloured abundance of apples, pears, plums, cherries, almonds, and that strange medieval fruit - the medlar - which followed on. A few people may even have tasted them, thanks to the services of Eynsham Market Garden.

The success of Long Mead Orchard is the result of a collective effort of local people ...

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