March marks International Women’s History Month, so what better way to celebrate than to highlight the important role of women in cider! Cider production in the UK has a long, rich history, within which women have been deeply intertwined, however, largely overlooked. In recent years, there has been a push from women within the trade to […]
Despite tiers and lockdowns we want to help you with the skills and confidence to prune your fruit tree this winter. We’ve put together a list of our best in-house resources, links to books, videos and other tips for when you can safely get out outside and prune your trees.
One of the first steps when we encounter a new group is gathering them together for an orchard design session. Rather than dictate what we think a community should plant and where each tree should go, we listen and respond with our expert advice as required. It’s an opportunity for communities to really take ownership […]
After the successful completion of a year-long programme on biodiversity, Head of Programmes & Operations Ella Hashemi reflects on its impact and challenges. Judging from my local park, people are accessing and enjoying their local greenspaces more than ever before. Cold, grey November mornings see the park packed full of schoolchildren, joggers, work-from-homers, dog walkers, […]
I am writing this at the start of our November COVID-19 lockdown in England. I try to remember what I did last time round, back in that beautiful spring time, when the unexpected closure of schools meant home-schooling my 5-year-old for a number of weeks, alongside balancing work and the uncertainty of the time. Our saviour was the daily walks and bike rides out […]
Foraging with Mark Williams – bringing the wild alive in us by taste and discovery. A taste adventure. At this time of year in the orchard we can see the fruits beginning to form on the trees and the fruit bushes – but we have the whole summer to wait until the main harvest. This is […]
With the recent warm weather spring is most definitely well on its way and soon you’ll be bathed in blossom, we love nothing more than gathering our community orchard teams, their local community a few performers and most definitely a face painter for an cracking springtime picnic. Inspired by the Japanese tradition of ‘Hanami’ meaning […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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!