Hertfordshire orchard groups
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- The Hertfordshire Orchard Initiative (HOI) is a working group of Local Government Officers, Orchard Owners and Wildlife Experts who care passionately about Hertfordshire’s orchards their heritage, wildlife value and their future. HOI represents the Habitat Action Plan group for orchards as part of the Hertfordshire Biodiversity Action Plan. Members include Tewin Orchard, Stanley Lord Orchard (Shenley Park), Highfield Park Orchard (St Albans), Rivers Community Orchard (Sawbridgeworth) and Codicote Community Orchard.
- East of England Apples and Orchards Project (EEAOP) – works to ensure a future for local orchard fruits and orchards. It covers Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. They supply local variety fruit trees, attend Apple Days, run workshops and produce a newsletter. There are about 250 local fruit varieties and EEAOP work to preserve the varieties and their orchard habitat for their local significance, genetic diversity, as local food sources and for their landscape and wildlife value.
- Rivers Heritage Site and Orchard – Formed in May 2014, Rivers Heritage Site and Orchard (RHSO) is a volunteer group who work to protect, preserve and maintain the remaining Rivers Nursery site in Sawbridgeworth, UK and also to maintain the historical information about the Rivers Nursery in the group’s archives. The Rivers nursery was founded by John Rivers in 1725 and, when it closed in 1987, it was the oldest garden nursery in the UK. Many fruit cultivars and horticultural techniques were developed on the site in Sawbridgeworth, especially by Thomas Rivers (1798-1877) and Thomas Francis Rivers (1830-1899).
Where to buy trees in Hertfordshire
- East of England Apples and Orchards Project (EEAOP) – – catalogue has over 240 varieties of apples, pears, plums and cherries. Supply standard or half standard bare-root trees.
- Aylett Nurseries have around 30 varieties of apple plus plums, pears, cherries. London Colney, St Albans. 01727 822255
Where to buy orchard produce in Hertfordshire
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- OPAL East of England (University of Hertfordshire) orchard guides – The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) Network together with the Field Studies Council have developed 2 guides, one to lichens and the other to mosses, in the orchards of the East of England.
- Shenley Park – An independent self financing rural Park in Hertfordshire that is free to use. Once a private Estate known as Porters Park, then a site of a Mental Hospital. Over 130 varieties of apple.
- Aldenham Country Park has planted 90 heritage fruit trees.