What is an Orchard Champion?

Orchard Champions are volunteers who raise awareness  about traditional orchards in their local community .They also offer support to people who own or manage traditional orchards who may be having difficulties or need encouragement to restore them.

Traditional orchards are becoming increasingly rare but despite the losses the Three Counties (Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire) combined still have more orchards  than the rest of the UK. To keep them, however,  we need people to get involved with looking after them and that’s where Orchard Champions take centre stage.

The Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project have teamed up with Garden Organic to offer a new short course, this involves 5 training days and a commitment to 30 hours volunteer time.

Could it be you?

Anyone can be an Orchard Champion. You don’t have to be an expert in traditional orchards, although it would help if you have some orchard knowledge. Orchard Champions will be of all ages, backgrounds and cultures – meaning Orchard Champions can reach out into the  community.

You’ll be joining 30 other Orchard Champions and will be part of a network of like-minded people who want to save traditional orchards.

Our project is working in :

Gorsley, Kilcot and Longney in Gloucestershire,

Whitbourne, Breinton and Ross on Wye in Herefordshire

Rochford / Tenbury, Evesham, Pershore and Alfrick in Worcestershire.

We’d especially like to hear from you if you live in these areas.

Course information

Training dates for the 2018

champions are as follows:

Introductory Session:

Sat 28th April 2018

Alfrick, Worcestershire

Healthy Orchards

Sat May 19th 2018

Colwall, Malvern

A whistle-stop tour of the orchard habitat and a look at soil, wildlife & pests.

Harvesting the Past

Date to be confirmed.

Worcester Countryside Centre, Worcester

Looking at traditional varieties, fruit I.D basics and using the fruit crop.

Man Made Eden

Date to be confirmed.

Days Cottage Orchard Centre, nr Stroud

Fruit tree pruning in young and old trees & veteran orchard restoration

Interested?

You can read more about the role by clicking on the link below.

Orchard Champion person profile and role

If you think this is for you then please apply as soon as possible, using the form below.

Orchard Champion Application form 2018

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Humphries who will be pleased to help.

khumphries@worcestershire.gov.uk

01684 560616

 

And in the meantime ….

We run lots of practical work and learning days as well as putting on events, doing orchard related history and heritage project and wildlife and fruit surveys. Take a look at our website calendar and join us for all or any of them.