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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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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'Worst case scenario' - planting for light touch orcharding

In this practical guide, The Orchard Project (TOP) offers helpful advice on how to get the best out of your newly planted orchard.  It directly plans for a 'worst case scenario' where fruit trees may be in danger of not receiving sufficient attention after the initial excitement of planting has subsided.

The first few years after planting are crucial for success, so the guide tackles important aftercare issues such as watering & soil water retention, mulching, tree guards, tags & tree ties etc.  

TOP's wealth of practical information will help you get the very best from your fruit trees, especially lots of tasty crops!

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Diseases and Pests

Fruit trees make fantastic homes for lots of wildlife, although not all of it will be welcome! Keep your eyes open and check your trees regularly for signs of any problems. This is particularly important when the trees are young since an early infestation of diseases and pests can cripple the trees and they won’t establish well.

This comprehensive resource features an at-a-glance identification guide to some common fruit tree and plant problems. Beware...there are many more!

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Sustain

Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming, publish an excellent handbook – Protecting Our Orchard Heritage – offers advice on how to research your orchard, how to exploit the benefits of orchards and how to attract funding.

www.sustainweb.org

Golberz

Amazing huge artworks produced from apples at a Swedish Apple Market.

www.golberz.com/2010/01/turnin...

People’s Trust for Endangered Species

The People’s Trust for Endangered Species are compiling a national survey of traditional  orchards as part of  the biodiversity action plan – a great way to make your project part of a national initiative, plus information on other orchards in your area.

www.ptes.org/index.php?cat=95

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