Traditional Orchard Project

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Traditional orchards are designated priority habitats. Unfortunately we are seeing an alarming rate of loss of this amazing habitat. This website is part of an ongoing effort to conserve and restore traditional orchards across the country in recognition of their amazing habitat value to local wildlife. Find out more about orchard decline.

  • Orchard biodiversity

    Bumblebee on apple blossom

    Find out what makes traditional orchards so fantastic for wildlife, how to discover what life your orchard already supports and some top tips on how to encourage even more.

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  • Practical guides

    Tree grafting tools

    From fruit tree pruning, to grafting and grass management. Find practical advice on how to manage your orchard in a way that sympathises with the wildlife it supports.

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  • Orchard Network

    Orchard Network

    Orchard Network is a partnership of organisations working together to conserve traditional orchards. It acts as a signpost to national and regional information, groups, community orchards and resources.

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  • Fruit varieties

    Apple varieties - Bob Lever

    There are thousands of fruit varieties, many with historical geographic associations, all carefully and deliberately propagated since establishment. Find out which are local to you.

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  • Orchard surveys & maps

    Orchard Survey Harry Green

    In order to help save traditional orchards, we need to know where they remain and what condition they are in. Tell us about your orchard, survey in your area or see what we have found out already.

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  • A year in your orchard

    Red apples on tree

    A month by month guide to everything orchard. Plan your orchard tasks for the year, your celebrations and discover some wildlife highlights to look out for.

    Plan your orchard year
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