AN ORCHARD in Gloucestershire will feature in the next episode of BBC Countryfile tomorrow.
Tim Andrews and his team from Orchard Revival, based in North Nibley near Stroud, will speak to television presenter Adam Henson about the impact of mistletoe on orchards across the UK.
For nearly 10 years Tim has been making cider and doing his bit to help protect and restore the traditional orchards of Gloucestershire.
Tim Andrews, who used to be a geography teacher said: “We are super excited to be featuring on BBC Country File this weekend.
“You can watch us chat with Adam Henson and Jonathan Briggs about the impact of mistletoe on orchards across the country.
“Jonathan is one of the country’s leading experts in mistletoe and a fellow trustee of the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust.
“The decline of orchards is continuing with climate change, excessive mistletoe, and lack of pruning and planting all playing a part in their loss.
“It is so important that these habitats are cared for to ensure their future.”
The programme will feature an orchard that Tim works on next to St Stephen’s Moreton Valence Church near Whitminster.
Tim’s small cider company The Orchard Revival are currently restoring over 10 acres of orchards with CPRE Gloucestershire and the Ernest Cook Trust in Halmore, near Slimbridge.
The company helps to care for orchards by exchanging his pruning and planting expertise for the fruit he uses.
Over the last three years, Tim has given away over 300 apple trees to landowners in Gloucestershire and has planted more than eight acres of new orchard in North Nibley.
The programme will air on BBC One on Sunday, December 18 at 6.10pm on BBC One.