Introduction

The sustainability and harvest capacity of orchards very much depends on the quality and regularity of the care given to them over a number of years.  For advice on how to do this, please click here to discover downloadable ideas and resources

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Case study Year 2: Supporting young people in their YMCA community

A case study that highlights the support given to a bereaved young couple during the development of an orchard at YMCA North Staffordshire.  Hard work and community spirit helped to alleviate the sense of loss felt by all connected to YMCANS.

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Care guide for newly planted 2 year old trees

The information in this care guide is based on YMCA North Staffordshire's experience with creating an orchard as part of the FFC project.  They planted 2 year old fruit trees, so Year 1 in the guide is effectively Year 3 in the life of the tree.

With correct after care and maintenance, fruit trees will produce healthy quantities of fruit for everyone to enjoy.

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Case study Year 2: Inspiring residents to realise their potential

YMCA Humber's hugely ambitious fruit tree planting project re-kindled a passion for the outdoors in one of it's young residents, Josh Dean.  Josh played an enormously pivotal role in the development of the orchard and successfully pitched for significant funding for a solar powered irrigation system. 

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YouTube: Vegetable Orchestra

Watch the vegetable orchestra for inspiration on making alternative music!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpfYt7...

Lifting the lid...

For a fascinating look into the changing face of UK fruit growing by environmental and social justice activist and Guardian journalist, George Monbiot

www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...

Slow Food UK

A Perry tree can live up to 350 years but what use is this if we don't engage in the reason for the tree being there, understand the land that it stands on and what it can offer us as a community. Slow Food UK is using it's greatest asset, over 50 local groups who are reaching out to the community through their Orchard Project, bringing together communities to ensure the knowledge of our heritage fruit varieties is passed on to the next generation. The first stage of the project is an online survey on the Slow Food UK website to record what you already know about your area.

www.slowfood.org.uk

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