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.
By making your orchard accessible and welcoming to others by coordinating seasonal events, you will help to ensure its long term sustainability; the more people invested in the space, the more chance the orchard will be cared for and valued for the long term.
This resource is packed with useful & fun suggestions from FFC partner The Orchard Project who have huge experience in community participation. From wassailing to summer picnics, there are plenty of ideas to get your event going!
Training and pruning fruit trees can seem a daunting prospect, but if you follow a few simple rules, it need not be complicated. All fruit trees will grow and fruit better if pruned regularly and it is a rewarding and satisfying task!