What is an orchard?
An orchard is land planted with large fruit trees which have long trunks. Apples, pear, plums, cherries, mirabelles and nuts etc, grow on these trees. We eat the fruit from the trees and part of the fruit is also used to make juice, cakes, jam, compote and fruit liqueurs.
Colourful blossom in spring, a shady place in the summer, succulent fruit in autumn and old trees in wintertime – with each season, the orchard provides new experiences. The trees are surrounded by grassland where plants and grass can grow. This grassland is also home to various types of animals including insects, spiders, birds and mammals.
One creature who depends greatly on orchards, is the Little Owl , the smallest owl in Luxembourg. Little owls build their nests in cavities in old fruit trees. At night, they go out to hunt for insects or worms in the grass below the trees. Often, they move around on their claws and can run at astonishing speed. For little owls, it is of utmost importance that orchards are preserved and new trees planted.
If you’d like to know more about orchards and their wonderful inhabitants, you can order this great brochure which is packed with information, recipes, hobby ideas and puzzles from the Haus vun der Natur or pick one up at Cactus.