useful orchard links
Website of the Habitat Action Plan (HAP) group for Traditional Orchards, of which the Trust is a core member. Useful resource for finding out about the wildlife that thrives within orchards, the issues that surround their conservation, and ways that you can get involved including contact details of local orchard groups.
Delivers an agri-environment scheme which provides funding to farmers and other land managers in England. A series of Technical Advice Notes aimed at managers of traditional orchards are available to download.
The website for buying, selling, hiring or swapping orchard related skills, equipment, crops, juice etc. The site was created and is managed by the Gloucestershire Orchard Group with National Trust Orchard Project funding.
Founders of Apple Day, Common Ground have been working to save old orchards since the 1980s.
East of England Apples & Orchards Project
Encourages the conservation of the local orchard fruit varieties of the East of England.
The Kentish Cobnuts Association
Promotes the cultivation and marketing of cobnuts.
Marcher Apple Network
A society for reviving old varieties of apples and pears in the Southern Marches.
The Three Counties Cider and Perry Association
For cider or perry enthusiasts in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire.
Gloucestershire Orchard Group
Helpful website providing a vast amount of information on creating or restoring traditional orchards.
Forum for the Future
What is the real value of an orchard? How do you put a price on biodiversity, tranquillity or heritage? The Bulmer Foundation worked with Forum for the Future to derive a novel methodology for assessing the full total economic value of orchards in Herefordshire. Click here to download the report:
One of the best and most reliable ways to identify fruit varieties is to get help from Brogdale Farm, home of the British National Fruit Collection in Kent. Identification costs £20 per sample.
The Countryside Council for Wales (CCW)
The Countryside Council for Wales is the Government’s statutory advisor on sustaining natural beauty, wildlife and the opportunity for outdoor enjoyment in Wales and its inshore waters.
Dolau-hirion Fruit Trees
Sell Welsh apple varieties and pear trees including a range of cider and perry types. Also offer a grafting service for apples and pears.
North East Wales Orchard Initiative (NEWOI)
The initiative was set up to save the disappearing fruit varieties unique to North East Wales. NEWOI is working to restore local fruit growing and all its benefits throughout Wrexham, Denbighshire and Flintshire.
The Welsh Perry and Cider Society
The Welsh Perry and Cider Society has reignited the craft cider and perry industry in Wales. Their mission is to encourage a greater appreciation of these natural craft drinks, spearhead a new era of orchard planting and promote Welsh perry and cider as an indigenous alternative to wine. Informative website which includes the Welsh Pomona of Cider Apples and Perry Pears.
The Tree Fruit Society of Wales
The society aims to preserve the old native varieties of Welsh Tree Fruit and to encourage people to grow their own tree fruit. Help is available to people in the identification of fruit trees, particularly the old native Welsh varieties. The society also organises events and activities.
Dyfi Valley Seed Savers
Informative guide to growing fruit in Powys.
Countryside Jobs Service
An ethical business publishing free & low cost information to promote countryside careers in the UK.