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 1: Building connections in the community

One of the main reasons why YMCA centres got involved in this project was to influence community perception of the YMCA residents and this project at YMCA North Tyneside has definitely achieved that.

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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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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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Orchard Network

Information packed site developed by the expert group (lead by the National Trust and Natural England) established to develop a national Habitat Action Plan for Traditional Orchards.

YouTube: Vegetable Orchestra

Watch the vegetable orchestra for inspiration on making alternative music!

YouTube: Art in Apples Show

YouTube video about apple carving

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