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Traditional Orchards

peak district landscape

Traditional Orchards

Approximate Extent – unknown

Distribution – Unknown

Opportunities and Threats

Extent -  Very limited, and probably always has been.

Condition – Probably inherently poor, in an area without a strong tradition of orchards.

Connectivity -  Very poor.  Sites small and isolated from other semi-natural habitat.  Potential for connectivity via hedgerows and small woodlands.

Climate change risks – Low

Priorities

Inherently limited extent and poor quality mean that this habitat is a low priority for action in the Peak District.  However, the wider benefits of community orchards and associated traditional countryside management skills such as bee-keeping have socio-economic benefits.

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