We are very pleased to be working with Orchard Link on a new community orchards project and have been successful in securing Heritage Lottery, public and private sector funding.
The project will run from November 2015 until June 2017 and there are many exciting activities, training, networking and skill sharing opportunities planned.
Over 20 community orchard groups are taking part in the project. They are spread from the edge of Plymouth right over through Torbay and from the coast up to the edge of Dartmoor. There is a great range of sites and groups, which means that there will be plenty of expertise and shared experience to draw upon and learn from.
The project will be managed by a steering group made up of members of the Orchard Link committee, supported by the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team.
Project launch at Sharpham
This project will run from the launch in November 2015 to the final celebration event in June 2017. The main period of engagement for community orchard groups will be Jan 2016 – March 2017. This is when the workshop programmes will take place.
During this project we will be:
These elements will be funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund grant
There will also be a programme of site works delivered on the ground:
These elements will be funded in part by the private sector funding. Some of this is tied to specific project areas as it is through Devon County Council Locality grants and the Langage Landscape Fund.
Planting an orchard
There will be programmes of workshops, skills share events, activities and networking days through the project for community orchard groups to attend. The workshops are broken up into three programmes:
There will also be practical support and expert advice to check and improve the health of the community orchards as well as seasonal celebration network events.
If you are a member of a community orchard or help to look after an orchard site in your parish, and would like to find out more about how you could get involved, please contact [email protected] or 01803 861183.
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Orchard Link was established in 1998 by a group of Orchard campaigners and enthusiasts in response to the declining condition and number of traditional orchards, the loss of local apple varieties, the wastage of apple crops from small traditional orchards and the needs of orchard owners for help and support.
Orchard Link aims to support orchard owners and enthusiasts in South Devon, to ensure that orchards continue to be a sustainable and distinctive element of our landscape. It is inclusive and open to anyone to join at a very low cost membership.
They offer their members: