The Three Counties orchards
Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire have long been famous for their orchards. Traditional orchards, with their tall trees standing in pasture, are a much loved part of our three counties landscape.
Today though the picture is somewhat different; many orchards have disappeared and most of those which remain are under used or unmanaged.
Over 80% of our traditional orchards have vanished locally as farming practices have changed and land developed. Local fruit varieties have been lost too, as have our skills in looking after them.
Orchards need people
Orchards need people to keep them healthy and productive and that’s where the Three counties Traditional Orchard Project can help.
Working with local experts we’re training volunteers in practical orchard skills and helping them to improve local orchards for wildlife and discover the role they have played over the centuries.
We’re aiming to restore at least 25 traditional orchards in key orchard areas and we need volunteers to help us do it. Why not join our growing network of orchard volunteers and help to keep our traditional orchards as part of the Three Counties landscape?
Stop press !
We’re recruiting again for our new Orchard Champions course, developed with our training partners Garden Organic. You don’t have to be an expert, just an orchard enthusiast with a passion for getting other people to love them too! In return for our training you ‘give back’ 30 hours each year to the project, and it’s up to you what you choose to do.
Find out more on our ‘getting involved’ page.