We called in at the orchard site this morning. The Ecclesbourne River has overflowed its banks and some of the land of the orchard has been flooded. Storm Katie dropped a lot of rain last night and the river level flashed up by 150cms. As a consequence some of the fruit trees have their "feet" in water. Flooding can kill the trees, we'll have to wait and see how they survive.
Longer term it may be worth opening up the old drainage ditch which runs across the orchard. It is fed by the culvert which was built when the embankment for the railway bridge was formed. Previous owners of the land have filled in the ditch, which was present on maps prior to 1850. Perhaps an opportunity for the volunteer work force to drive a small back-hoe excavator one day!
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