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Model Orchard - 2015 Update

Can commercial apple production ever be truly sustainable?
A long term trial to challenge preconceptions and test new ideas. Working with partners from across the industry and beyond, our goal is sustainable use of natural, human, social, manufactured and financial capital.

Around 1ha of new Opal trees were planted at Brook Farm in a modern intensive style orchard. Rows were kept slightly wider to enable future in-field packing. The planting included split zone irrigation and provision for partial root drying (PRD), a biochar trial and provision for hail / insect netting.