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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Design, create and maintain outdoor mosaics

Outdoor mosaics can add interest and colour to your orchard project.  During Year 1 of the Fruit-full Communities project, they proved a therapeutic art activity at some YMCA sites, focussing meaning on particular events in the life of the residents. This short practical guide offers tips and advice on how to create a sustainable, weather-proof outdoor mosaic.

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Suggested reading and resource guides

A great resource list (with links) to essential reading for all types of orchard project.  

NOTE that LTL advocates an organic approach that relies on creating an ecological balance in the orchard. 

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Bare root trees - handling and planting tips

We want your trees to be well planted and perform well, and hope that the following tips will guide you in the handling, storage, planting and aftercare.

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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

Soil Association

If you want to use your orchard project as an opportunity for pupils to develop a mini-enterprise, the Soil Association offers great practical advice and support on setting up community growing projects.

/www.soilassociation.org/

Good practice for hardwood cuttings of herbs

/schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/re...

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