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 has been 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’ll train volunteers in practical orchard skills, improve them 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 landscape?

Stop press !

We’re really pleased to have launched our new Orchard Champions course, developed with our training partners Garden Organic. This is the latest addition to their award winning growing and composting programmes. You don’t have to be an expert, just an orchard enthusiast with a passion for getting other people to love them too! We now have 17 orchard champions working as ambassadors for traditional  orchards – spreading the word about what fabulous places they are, both in their own communities and in our project areas.

Find out more on our ‘getting involved’ page.