The Google maps below show orchards that have been located as part of our Traditional Orchard Survey.
Red dots are sites that have already been surveyed by a volunteer or orchard owner and therefore we have more detailed information on what is there and what condition the site is in. Blue dots are sites that still need checking. You can see further information about a site by clicking on the dot.
• Traditional orchards – this map features only those sites that strictly fit the official traditional orchard definition.
• Traditional orchards and marginal sites – this map combines those sites that fit the traditional orchard definition with marginal sites which are likely to still have wildlife value.
Traditional orchard definition
Traditional Orchards are defined, for priority habitat purposes, as groups of fruit and nut trees planted on vigorous rootstocks at low densities in permanent grassland; and managed in a low intensity way. Cobnut plats are also included.
The minimum size of a Traditional Orchard is defined as five trees with crown edges less than 20m apart. However the potential biological and genetic interest of sites with fewer trees, such as relict orchards and individual trees within gardens, is noted. Where appropriate these should be considered as potential restoration sites. It is recognised that other sites which fall outside the definition, such as organic bush orchards and fruit collections in walled gardens may also have biodiversity value, as well as historic, cultural and genetic importance.
Click here to find out what the category definitions mean, and how to upgrade your orchard.
Marginal site categories
A site with less than five trees, or too much space between the crown edges. These are normally left over from a larger orchard and may even be a single (old) tree. Rarely these may be younger trees that have been included for a particular reason of interest.
A site that is or probably was an orchard but has become so overgrown that any fruit trees are outnumbered by non-fruit opportunist growth.
Intensively managed traditional orchard trees:
Trees which have some botanical or heritage interest, normally on semi-vigorous or vigorous rootstocks, but the site may be managed with herbicides or pesticides.
Abandoned or organic bush orchard:
Trees on highly dwarfing rootstock often planted in narrow rows but with no evidence of intensive management. Includes sites known to be organic as the biological diversity benefits of this management may be increased; there is some evidence that formerly intensive sites that have become neglected have high biodiversity value.
Updating the maps
The maps will be updated periodically so if you notice any errors please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you know of an orchard that is not on the map, or want to help add information to the sites that still need to be checked, please see details of how to get involved.
GIS versions of the maps, with more detailed information and site boundaries, are available for download in MapInfo or ArcGIS formats;
• Sites in England can be downloaded from Natural England (select Option 2, register as a user then request the Traditional Orchards HAP dataset).
• Sites in Wales can be downloaded from Natural Resources Wales.