Hare damage

If ever there was doubt in my mind about the necessity of ugly little socks round the trunks of the fruit trees, it’s been dispelled.

Orchard row showing hare-proof ‘socks’

With all the acres of forest around, I don’t know why hares choose to nibble the bark of our trees, but they do.

Dead plum tree hung with little plums

This wild plum tree on the edge of the orchard survived more than a year after having its bark ringed by hares and even started to produce a good crop of plums, but the drought must have been too much for it .

I dread to think how many orchard trees might have gone this way.

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