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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'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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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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How to host a community event at YMCA/Foyer sites on and offsite locations

Hosting events at YMCA and Foyer centres can pose a variety of challenges as can organising events off site and in the community.  In this helpful resource, The Orchard Project shares its wide experience and offers top tips for budgeting, health & safety, promotion etc to help your event go smoothly.

The resource features an example risk assessment for an orchard apple day - very popular in the autumn months.

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National Orchard Network

A comprehensive UK-wide resource for finding out about the wildlife that thrives within our orchards, the issues that surround their conservation, and ways that you can get involved

www.orchardnetwork.org.uk/

Lifting the lid...

For a fascinating look into the changing face of UK fruit growing by environmental and social justice activist and Guardian journalist, George Monbiot

www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...

Good practice on how to take semi ripe cuttings

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