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)
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: www.commonground.org.uk/publications/p-books.html.
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 www.england-in-particular.info/orchards/o-counties.html 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 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)www.foodfrombritain.com/buyersguide/EU_protected_food_names.asp
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.
The UK's leading campaigning and certification organisation for organic food and farming.
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's main website which has the list of the 47 Wildlife Trusts in the UK
Connecting communities, neighbourhoods and nature: a toolkit. http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/index.php?section=environment:forum:ugs_toolkit
Royal Horticultural Society
http://www.rhs.org.uk/ UK gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening.
Brogdale Horticultural Trust
www.brogdale.org/ Home to the largest collection of varieties of fruit trees in the world with over 2,300 different varieties.
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ Protects special heritage buildings and land in the UK, many of which include orchards.
Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)
http://www.cpre.org.uk/ Charity organisation dedicated to protecting, enhancing and promoting the beauty, tranquillity and diversity of rural England. For Wales: http://www.cprw.org.uk/; Scotland: http://www.ruralscotland.org/
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
Link to their advice notes “Guidelines for the production of organic apples and pears in the UK”.