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… The worst damage was to a pear tree
One of the apples…. He (they?) had nibbled the tips and then tugged and broken the branch,I’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.