Throughout this year, 2019, we are celebrating 10 years of our existence as a charity. Some of you may have attended our fantastic 10th Birthday party in May, which was a great way to thank all the volunteers, staff and supporters who have helped us reach this tree-mendous milestone! Here’s our CEO, Kath Rosen, with […]
What do Art, Geography, English, and Biology have to do with creating an orchard? Your first thought might be not a lot, but dig a little deeper and the connections start to become a lot clearer, as Year 7 Pupils from North Cambridge Academy discovered during the creation of their new school orchard. Victoria Tait, […]
“Orchards? – That’s no job for a lady!”. Really?! One of our Orchard Mentors and CICO graduate, Cath Palgrave, tackles gender discrimination in the fruit-growing realm, by taking at look at the pivotal role women have played in orchards throughout history. One evening, while waiting for the bus, I got chatting to a man at […]
Words from our Supporter Coordinator, Nicole Thomas, on pruning, planting and our vision for the future. Winter is a busy period in The Orchard Project’s calendar. With fruit trees in dormancy, it’s the ideal time of year to plant (and mulch) new apple trees, and prune back older ones in need of a trim, to […]
Cath Palgrave is a proud graduate of our Certificate in Community Orcharding, an in-depth, level 3 orchard management course. She shares her path from discovering the joys of orchards to assisting others in establishing community fruit growing projects. Find out why her involvement led her to sign up for our Membership scheme. The first time […]
The 30th November saw Greater Manchester’s orchardists gather together in suspense, as we revealed the winners of the prestigious Community Orchard Awards. The shiny Golden Apples were lined up and ready to be delivered to well-deserving winners, along with a complementary bottle of cider. We were delighted to host the award ceremony at the splendid […]
We’ve all seen the word ‘craft’ on cider and ale labels, but what does it really mean? Here’s our chief Cider Maker, Rosa Fletcher, to unpick the question and explain why our own Local Fox is really quite a unique, ‘craft-y’ character!
Every year thousands of tonnes of apples go to waste in orchards and gardens. Too ugly for the supermarkets, the waste on the farms is even greater with an estimated 10-15% of all commercially grown fruit and veg being thrown out. “But I can’t eat all my apples!”, I hear you cry. Many fruit tree […]