King's Lane Orchard Nature Reserve

King's Lane Orchard Nature Reserve

Kings Lane Orchard

Remnant of the old cider apple orchards which formerly surrounded Powerstock village.

Location

King's Lane Community Orchard
Powerstock

OS Map Reference

SY5178896016
A static map of Kings Lane Orchard

Know before you go

Size
0 hectares

Entry fee

N/A

Parking information

Roadside parking around pub.

Bicycle parking

No

Grazing animals

Sheep in spring to autumn

Access

Small gate by house or field gate at eastern end of site. No made paths. Ground can be boggy towards stream.

Enter the reserve by the little gate from the road just to the east of Hillside Cottage and wander around the orchard or pick a spot for a picnic. For the main part, the site slopes gently down towards the stream but there are unprotected banks to the eastern side of the reserve. The site is briefly grazed by sheep each year when electric fencing is used around the egde of the stream. The ground can be wet and boggy near the steam and ticks may be present on site - see our Visitor Information page for more information about grazing animals and general countryside hazards.

Dogs

No dogs permitted
See above for more information about dogs on nature reserves.

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Spring for apple blossom & early flowers

About the reserve

In spring white and pink blossom delicately adorns the trees of this community orchard, sprinkling petals on the meadow beneath as it gently slopes towards a small stream. At the edge of the village of Powerstock, the King’s Lane reserve is a remnant of the cider apple orchards that were once a common sight around the village and provides an ideal spot for a picnic or peaceful stroll amongst the blossom and early spring wildflowers. Alongside the older apple trees which, as they decay, provide an ideal habitat for invertebrates and lichens, new trees have been planted with help of the local school, rejuvenating the orchard. 

If you visit in spring and late summer you’ll find a variety of water-loving flower species, such as marsh marigold, ragged robin, moschatel and opposite-leaved golden-saxifrage. Common butterflies, including the meadow brown and small tortoiseshell can be found. In addition to visiting the flowers, come Autumn the butterflies can be seen feasting on the sugars of fallen apples. Beyond the sloping meadow, the stream on the orchard’s southern border, its banks diffused with ferns and liverworts, is visited by passing otters. 

Further information about the site’s history and notable species, including pictures, can be downloaded here. 

Useful Information

Following the road heading east from the centre of Powerstock village, the reserve is about 500m after The Three Horseshoes Inn on King’s Lane.

Contact us

Kings Lane Community Orchard