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.
Certificate in Community Orcharding
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
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
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.
Project: Helping Britain Blossom
Helping Britain Blossom is a unique partnership between HEINEKEN UK and The Orchard Project. Together we are working with hundreds of committed, inspiring and passionate people who want to make their communities better places to live and work.
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 […]