Apple blossom

How we achieved our goals?

  • We planted 42 orchards in the course of 3 years;
  • All activities were led by young people and support staff, including community volunteers;
  • With a series of practical workshops centre staff and young people were trained to give support to new residents and to mentor attendees of YMCA Youth Groups;
  • A Young People’s Panel was appointed and helped shape the project and oversee the Annual Orchard Competition.
  • Youth Survey was conducted to investigate young people's perception of local outside spaces, how they are used and managed;
  • Project website and free online resources were made available for all sites, youth groups and supported housing groups to use for information, inspiration and practical advice.

Did you know? The UK's traditional orchards are protected by law.


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