Workers, volunteers free fruit trees at Coogan Farm

Mystic — Workers and volunteers have been freeing up the trees in the Gallup Orchard at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center's Coogan Farm.

That entails using a forestry mulcher to clear the orchard of autumn olive and other brambles to gain access to the apple and pear trees for pruning. After the mulcher goes through, workers and volunteers go in and pull down the cut vines from the trees.

The mulching began Monday and should be finished Wednesday, but the removal of vines and other trees to release the fruit trees, and the pruning, will continue until March 12.

Orchardist Eliza Greenman and arborist Nick Harper of HogTree in Leesburg, Va., were assisting local volunteers.

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