Wild cherries: a bumper crop

This year is so good for the cherries they are managing to ripen fully on the trees before the birds get round to eating them.

 

really ripe cherries

In parts of the forest, the tracks are littered with fallen fruits.

cherries on the path2

And there are still lots more to come.

lots of cherries

Some of the “wild” apple trees are bearing lots of fruit too.

wild apples2

Closer to the seaward edge on the western side of the forest, things are looking very dry and scorched.

The trees were already dead: there are lots of dead trees around the edges of the forest, trees that couldn't cope with the harsh conditions on the sandiest soils, blasted by the salt laden winds. They now provide valuable habitats for wildlife.

The trees were already dead: there are lots of dead trees around the edges of the forest, trees that couldn’t cope with the harsh conditions on the sandiest soils, blasted by the salt laden winds. They now provide valuable habitats for wildlife.

 

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2 thoughts on “Wild cherries: a bumper crop

  1. barry

    Thanks for the heads up…03 august… I went out and filled a size 4 kilner jar with ripe cherries. It now gets topped up with high strength vodka, and will sit in the pantry until Christmas, when (sweetened or unsweetened) it tastes superb! If you decant the liquor and pass the cherry pulp through a sieve, it makes tipsy cherry pies (like mince pies), or you can mix it with other fruits.
    a very Cherry Christmas

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