Introduction

The sustainability and harvest capacity of orchards very much depends on the quality and regularity of the care given to them over a number of years.  For advice on how to do this, please click here to discover downloadable ideas and resources

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Case study Year 1: Building connections in the community

One of the main reasons why YMCA centres got involved in this project was to influence community perception of the YMCA residents and this project at YMCA North Tyneside has definitely achieved that.

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'Worst case scenario' - planting for light touch orcharding

In this practical guide, The Orchard Project (TOP) offers helpful advice on how to get the best out of your newly planted orchard.  It directly plans for a 'worst case scenario' where fruit trees may be in danger of not receiving sufficient attention after the initial excitement of planting has subsided.

The first few years after planting are crucial for success, so the guide tackles important aftercare issues such as watering & soil water retention, mulching, tree guards, tags & tree ties etc.  

TOP's wealth of practical information will help you get the very best from your fruit trees, especially lots of tasty crops!

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How to host a community event at YMCA/Foyer sites on and offsite locations

Hosting events at YMCA and Foyer centres can pose a variety of challenges as can organising events off site and in the community.  In this helpful resource, The Orchard Project shares its wide experience and offers top tips for budgeting, health & safety, promotion etc to help your event go smoothly.

The resource features an example risk assessment for an orchard apple day - very popular in the autumn months.

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Royal Horticultural Society

The Royal Horticultural Society for expert advice, features, news and events on fruit growing.

www.rhs.org.uk

Good practice on how to take semi ripe cuttings

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National Orchard Forum

Networking site for local orchard groups which is helpful to find out if there is one near you.  They often hold training workshops and events and are a great way of networking, sharing ideas and equipment.

www.nat-orchard-forum.org.uk

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