Management of the site is kept to a minimum, for the sake of the wildlife. Mowing is carried out by scythe, and brambles that invade from the margins are dug up whenever possible. With the land now built up on all sides, the importance of the orchard as a relatively undisturbed wildlife site has increased.
A variety of mostly coarse grasses covers much of the site, although mowing the paths on a regular basis has opened up those areas to quite a range of wildflower species, many in the dandelion family. These are especially good for insects, which (as well as the ants that are everywhere) include bumble bees, different kinds of solitary bees, hoverflies, beetles, butterflies and moths, and a rather rare species of carrion beetle. Efforts to introduce other wildflower species have achieved modest results.
Large clumps of snowdrops on the southern side of the area, especially under the huge cherry tree, are believed to be a relic from the time of the church.
The area is regularly patrolled by cats living in the neighbourhood, which probably explains why few signs of mice or voles have been seen, but slow worms are known to be present, although they are very elusive. The bramble thickets and other shrubs around the margins provide habitats for a variety of bird species, with some evidence of nesting in past seasons.
Opportunities to increase the biodiversity will be taken when possible and appropriate. With the land now built up on all sides, the importance of the orchard as a relatively undisturbed wildlife site has increased.