Buckingham news: New life for trees on Bertie’s Walk

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APPLE trees near Bertie’s Walk in Buckingham were given a new lease of life on Saturday by the Railway Walk conservation volunteers.

The trees were assessed, dead and diseased wood cut out and crossover branches pruned.

Young ash and willow trees which were interfering with the growth of the fruit trees either by blocking out light or the flow of air around the orchard, were removed.

Rampant brambles were cut back exposing snow drops at the water’s edge, and a path was cleared to allow access to plum trees growing in an area overlooked by the viewing platform.

Jenny Manning, from the volunteers said: “We will return to prune the plum trees later in the year and also check on the growth of the new fruit trees we planted early last year. We have planned a variety of activities for the rest of the year, all intended to help improve the biodiversity of the site and make it a pleasant place to visit.”

The group was presented with a SAVE award last November, for community conservation work.

For further information about the group contact Jenny Manning on 01280 815223 or email

railwaywalk@hotmail.co.uk.