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 make them healthy and productive come spring.
Our community orchard planting and pruning days engage dedicated volunteers who tend to the orchards regularly and over the long-term. But they also attract local people of all ages who just want to take part in fun one-off activities or events, and feel involved with their local community. Training people in how to plant and prune fruit trees is one of the key aspects of our projects, so that communities then hold the skills to maintain their own green spaces with confidence in the future.
The unpredictable and colder weather is not holding us back, and our motivation to deliver our fruitful work remains steadfast. Here’s a recent testimonial from Patrick Kirwan, Garden Co-ordinator for Clitterhouse Orchard in Barnet, London:
“The orchard space has become a vibrant oasis, with all sorts of fruit trees and bushes. We now have 16 fruit trees, 8 of which are cordons that we are training over arches, making the site look gorgeous. Thank you.”
It is our vision that every urban community has access to an orchard in their vicinity. But as a registered charity, we need financial support to realise this aim. We believe and know from experience that community orchards transform individual lives, unite communities and help nature to thrive; this is especially important in cities and towns where access to good quality green space can be limited, and biodiversity struggles to find suitable habitats.
Please help us realise our vision, by making a monthly donation:
- A donation of £8 per month over one year would allow us to plant and maintain one new fruit tree;
- A donation of £20 per month over a year allows us to plant and maintain 2 to 3 new fruit trees.
This would cover the cost of the trees, soil, mulch, the supports and the guards to protect young saplings. Your donation would really help an urban community orchard flourish, while also building connections within communities and improving our green spaces.
Be part of a growing orchard movement! Help us to change our local landscapes for the better, teach new skills to orchard volunteers and bring wildlife back to our towns an cities.
Thank you for your support.
The Orchard Project