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 1: Inspiring residents to realise their potential

This case study focuses on a resident of Horsham YMCA (The Y Centre) whose passion for gardening proved to be the basis of a committed interest in the development of the Fruit-full Communities (FFC) orchard.

George Farhall was so inspired by the FFC project and a visit to his local horticultural college in East Sussex, that he decided to pursue qualifications that would enhance his future employment prospects. 

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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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How to choose your trees

Selecting the right trees is key to a successful orchard. These are the trees that will be here for decades to come and trees don’t like being moved.  
By picking trees that are suited to your site conditions and varieties that have high pest and disease resistance, you are less likely to have to resort to chemical use to protect your trees. So what are the key considerations for orchard tree selection?

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Tree Council

Free expert advice in looking after your orchard? The Tree Council have a wardens scheme with a national network of volunteers.

www.treecouncil.org.uk/?q=tree...

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.

www.orchardnetwork.org.uk

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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