Fruit-full Communities is managed by Learning through Landscapes Trust and delivered in partnership with YMCA England, International Tree Foundation and The Orchard Project. The partners form the Project Board. Fruit-full Communities Project Board meets twice a year and is chaired by Valeria Ruiz Vargas - Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Co-ordinator at Manchester Metropolitan University. Valeria leads the Environmental Management System policy area on ESD. Her work contributed to Manchester Met becoming the UK’s first university to achieve the ISO 14001-2015 Certification, the NUS Responsible Futures accreditation and, successfully earning top positions of the People and Planet University League.
Learning through Landscapes (LTL)
LTL is the UK charity dedicated to enhancing outdoor learning and play for children and young people. Our vision is that every child and young person benefits from stimulating outdoor learning and play in their education and beyond.
We aim to enable children and young people to connect with nature, be more active, be more engaged with their learning, develop their social skills and have fun. Where possible we encourage children and young people to have a say in the way their school grounds and local walk-to green spaces are used and improved. As a result they learn to create and look after something valuable; their self-esteem grows and their behaviour improves, along with their potential to learn and achieve. For more information about LTL click here.
YMCA is the largest and the oldest charity working with young people in the world. Across England there are 114 YMCAs. YMCA focuses on young people and helping them play an active and fulfilling role within their communities. To learn more click here.
International Tree Foundation (ITF)
In the UK ITF works in partnership with communities and schools. The Community Tree Planting programme provides grants for community-based forestry projects to encourage social cohesion, well-being and an appreciation of trees. The Tree Power schools programme combines active outdoor education with learning about the global importance of tress; to encourage young people to become conservation leaders of the future. To learn more click here.
Urban Orchard Project (UOP)
UOP is creating lush cities across the United Kingdom swathed in fruit and nut trees. They work in partnership with communities to plant, manage, restore and harvest orchards in urban areas and help all to rediscover the pleasure of eating home-grown fruit. To learn more click here.