About Orchard Network
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
We welcome your feedback as to how we can build and improve on the site. Please get in touch using the Contact Us form.
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
East of England Apples & Orchard Project
Forth Environment Link
Frank P Matthews
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
Natural Resources Wales
Northern Fruit Group
Orchard Research & Enterprise
People’s Trust for Endangered Species
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