As well as growing our London roots, we’ve now branched out to support, provide know-how and inspire groups across the UK and further afield. We also work with companies wishing to make a positive impact on the environment.
Through urban orchards, we hope to strengthen communities, improve wellbeing and build resilience. We’re dedicated to creating inspiring cities swathed in trees, providing beautiful blossom and tasty fruit, everywhere.
Planting new community orchards
This winter we will have planted 100 community orchards of approximately 10 trees each. These have included apples, pears, plums of new and heritage varieties, and the odd experimental mirabelle, apricot, medlar and peach.
Restoration and management of existing mature fruit trees is urgently needed. According to The National Trust, 60% of England’s traditional orchards have disappeared since the 1950s as a result of development pressures, conversion of land to other uses and small-scale producers suffering at the hands of the economics of fruit growing. This has ultimately led […]
Training and events
As well as providing training to our orchard leaders, we also offer workshops on specific technical skills, such as formative and maintenance pruning, grafting and cider-making.
Project: A Celebration of Orchards
The Orchard Project is happy to announce a new project to celebrate and protect London’s existing orchards, building on the work we have already started to restore orchards and create an orchard map of London. Traditional orchards are an important part of our natural, historical and cultural heritage and they once existed all over the capital. […]
Project: Helping Britain Blossom
Helping Britain Blossom will share the magic of orchards with communities across the UK by helping local people create, restore and access orchards which they can enjoy and use for good.
Training and Mentoring: Orchard Mentors
Caring for an orchard is a continuous learning process. All through the seasons new features develop on the trees from beautiful delicate blossoms, to lush green foliage and finally the ripened fruit. Throughout the year there are jobs to be done to ensure the trees are thriving and ready to produce a bumper crop. For […]