Now that the project is at an end, we are looking back over our achievements.

We set out to record and bring new life to Traditional Orchards across Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.  We had four main aims in our work:

  • to RESTORE
  • to IMPROVE
  • to UNDERSTAND
  • to ENJOY

With the help of our orchard partners and our volunteers, we have worked to fulfil each aim.  We have restored orchards, planting new stock, improved volunteers’ skills through training events, understood the heritage, flora and fauna of traditional orchards by carrying out surveys and archive research and enjoyed creating art, performance and films to celebrate the nature and history of these wonderful sites.

As a legacy, we have located and identified rare fruit stock and planted new grafts of old varieties.  We have supported research and publication of new Pomonas for Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, as well as guides to the pears and plums of the Three Counties.