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Please note that the content on this page has been archived and is not actively reviewed at present.

A full list of useful links, organisations, resources are available in Appendix 3 of Protecting Our Orchard Heritage, A good practice guide for managing orchard projects. (More information on the report here) 

National organisations

Common Ground
Common Ground is a national charity recognised for playing a unique role in the arts and environmental fields, distinguished by the linking of nature and culture and focussing on the positive investment people make in their own localities. Current projects include, Community Orchards, Apple Day, Local Distinctiveness and Parish Maps.

Common Ground publications include The Community Orchards Handbook, Apple Source Book, and The Book of Orchards, as well as many useful pamphlets and maps on orchard customs, orchard and wildlife and orchards advice notes. For a full list see:

Common Ground's Community Orchard Discussion Group on Yahoo! Groups
This group is for people involved with the establishment and maintenance of Community Orchards, where advice can sought and experiences shared among members.

Common Ground's Gazetteer of orchards This is a very useful link on Common Ground's website which hosts list of projects, orchard groups, producers and events for all counties of England.
Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens
The representative body for city farms, community gardens and similar community-led organisations in the UK.

A registered charity which works to improve parks and green spaces by raising awareness, involving communities and creating skilled professionals. They have a very useful database of grants and advice about funding.

National Orchard Forum (NOF)
Represents the 20-30 heritage orchard groups, exchanging vital information between the groups and helping to set up groups in areas of the UK where there are currently none. A list of their members are on their website or a gazetteer of their orchard groups is available from them for a small administration fee if you aren't a member.

Natural England
Natural England brings together English Nature, the Countryside Agency and the Rural Development Service.

People's Trust for Endangered Species
Currently working on a Traditional Orchard Project which aims to create an inventory of orchards in England to support the noble chafer BAP, to offer information of relevance to other BAP species including birds, bats, lichens and fungi, and to support the establishment of a new Habitat Action Plan for Traditional Orchards recently confirmed by DEFRA.

Protected Destination of Origin (PDO)
A PDO is a European Law which protects the names of regional food. The foodstuffs are to be produced, processed and prepared in a given geographical area using recognised know-how.

Soil Association
The UK's leading campaigning and certification organisation for organic food and farming.

Slow Food
Slow Food works to defend biodiversity in our food supply, spread taste education and connect producers of excellent foods with co-producers through events and initiatives.

Wildlife Trust
Wildlife Trust's main website which has the list of the 47 Wildlife Trusts in the UK
Connecting communities, neighbourhoods and nature: a toolkit.

Royal Horticultural Society UK gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening.

Brogdale Horticultural Trust Home to the largest collection of varieties of fruit trees in the world with over 2,300 different varieties.

National Trust Protects special heritage buildings and land in the UK, many of which include orchards.

Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Charity organisation dedicated to protecting, enhancing and promoting the beauty, tranquillity and diversity of rural England. For Wales:; Scotland:

Orchard management notes and advice

Natural England's Technical Information Notes (TINs) on Traditional Orchard Management
Cover all aspects of traditional orchard management. Ten documents numbered TIN012 – TIN021 available in PDF format. Free download.

Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Help and Advice notes

Soil Association
Link to their advice notes “Guidelines for the production of organic apples and pears in the UK”.

Orchards Project: During 2006 and 2007, Sustain worked on a national orchard project with Leader+ (European Union funded programme of rural development) to conserve and bring into sustainable management traditional orchards in 6 Leader+ funded areas: Hereford Rivers; Somerset Levels & Moors; Teinbridge; North West Devon; Mid Kent, and Cumbria Fells & Dales.

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