Apple blossom

How will we achieve our goals?

  • We will work with 50 YMCA centres over the course of 3 years;
  • At least 50 new orchards will be planted on YMCA sites and all orchard designs and enterprise activities will be led by young people and support staff, including community volunteers;
  • With a series of practical workshops the YMCA staff and young people will be trained to give support to new residents and to mentor attendees of YMCA Youth Groups;
  • A Young People’s Panel will be appointed to help shape the project and oversee the Annual Orchard Competition.
  • Youth Groups Survey will be conducted to investigate their perception of local outside spaces, how they are used and managed;
  • Project website and free online resources will be available for all YMCA sites, youth groups and supported housing groups to use for information, inspiration and practical advice.

Apples account for 50% of the world's fruit tree production

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