Damn deer!

I woke this morning to find that deer had been in the orchard and had damaged several trees badly.  My neighbours tell me it was probably a stag – the females  tend to damage bark only (that is why we have mesh around the trunks)  It is so frustrating;  4 years of not living here and the trees were fine, now a stag decides he has found his breakfast stop!

One of the cherries…IMG_3824 The worst damage was to a pear treeIMG_3825

One of the apples….IMG_3826 He (they?) had nibbled the tips and then tugged and broken the branch,IMG_3828I’ve cleaned the damage as best as I can, cut off damaged wood and sealed where possible with mastic. I hope the pear survives – I am confident that the rest will recover.

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