We believe that community orchards can transform lives, build resilient communities, improve our wellbeing and help nature to thrive. We are committed to reviving the UK’s rich history of urban orchards as a means to reconnect people to their food sources.
We champion community orchards and support communities to bring their benefits into the hearts of our towns and cities. Explore our activities and projects below:
Certificate in Community Orcharding (CICO)
Come on our exciting new course and learn everything you need to know about managing community orchards from our team of experienced orchardists. We run this course on 12 days over 12 months or 6 months, giving you an opportunity to learn a wide range of seasonally-appropriate skills.
Planting new community orchards nationwide
In the last 10 years, we’ve planted over 420 community orchards! In 2018-19 alone, we planted 2200 fruit trees, including apples, pears, plums of new and heritage varieties, and the odd experimental mirabelle, apricot, medlar and peach.
Traditional orchards have been disappearing from our landscapes for decades: around 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. We want to halt this decline and preserve […]
We offer a range of consultancy packages to support others who wish to develop or learn about community orchards. You can also purchase our unique Orchard Design Kit.
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.
Celebrating Orchards in London
A Celebration of Orchards is an ambitious London-wide initiative to protect and celebrate the capital’s rich orchard heritage. We searched London to uncover 30 of its hidden orchards. We are now working with local people to uncover the history of these orchards, identify and propagate varieties, rejuvenate and preserve the trees, and manage habitat for wildlife.
Supporting Community Orchards Nationwide
Through a unique partnership with HEINEKEN UK, The Orchard Project works with communities across the UK to help them plant and restore orchards in their neighbourhoods. We have hubs in Manchester, West Yorkshire, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London.
Caring for an orchard is a continuous and rewarding process. Throughout the year there are jobs to be done to ensure the trees are thriving and ready to produce a bumper crop. For first time orchardists, jobs such as pruning, thinning and staking can seem daunting. We want you to have the confidence to care […]