About Orchard Network

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What is the Orchard Network?

These Orchard Network pages can be used to share knowledge about orchards including orchard events, training, protection, news, resources, services and community orchards. The Network is more than just a website, it is a UK national group comprised of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), statutory agencies, regional groups and industry.

If you are interested in joining as a stakeholder group or body, please email steve.oram@ptes.org. The group is jointly led by the National Trust and Natural England.

You can list any project, website, group, service, event, community orchard or other relevant item of interest on these pages please let us know and we’ll link to you.

 

Our mission

Traditional orchards are one of 40 UK terrestrial ‘priority habitats’ recognised as being important for wildlife. Our aim is to promote activities and actions that will assist nature conservation for the traditional orchard habitat, protect, enhance and extend its area, assess and report its current condition status back to government, recognise the threats faced, set targets and objectives for conservation and propose actions to halt decline and achieve recovery. We also provide a point of reference for individuals, organisations and partnerships that are delivering action plans for Traditional Orchards at the local level.

Using the website

The purpose of this website is to provide Orchard Network with a means of communicating its work to conservation practitioners, voluntary and charitable organisations involved in orchard conservation and interested individuals. The focus is on traditional orchards as a habitat and the species within them, but we have included other sections to act as a portal to the vast amount of information that exists as a result of the work of a great number of organisations, groups and individuals.

Contact us

We welcome your feedback as to how we can build and improve on the site. Please get in touch using the Contact Us form.

Membership

National Trust (Lead Partner) | Natural England (Lead Partner) | Countryside Council for Wales | Defra | Department of Environment Northern Ireland | Herefordshire Nature Tust | People’s Trust for Endangered Species | Scottish Natural Heritage | Somerset County Council | The Tree Council | Westons Cider | Urban Orchard Project | Orchard Research & Enterprise (ORE)

Brighton Permaculture Trust

Cider & Perry Orchard Network of Excellence

Department of the Environment Northern Ireland

Dorset cider

East of England Apples & Orchard Project

Forth Environment Link

Frank P Matthews

FruitID.com

Gloucestershire County Council

Gloucestershire Orchard Trust

Hartpury Heritage Trust

Irish Seed Savers Association

Kent Orchards for Everyone

Leicestershire Heritage Apple Project

Marcher Apple Network

Mid-Shires Orchard Group

National Fruit Collection

National Trust

Natural England

Natural Resources Wales

Northern Fruit Group

Orchard Research & Enterprise

Orchards Live

People’s Trust for Endangered Species

Plant Heritage

Plymouth and Tamar Valley Community Orchards Network

Royal Horticultural Society

Scottish National Heritage

South West Farming and Wildlife Advice Group

Suffolk Traditional Orchards Group

The Orchard Project

Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project

Tweed Valley Fruit Trees

University of Birmingham

University of Reading

Welsh Cider

 

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