Fruit trees make fantastic homes for lots of wildlife, although not all of it will be welcome! Keep your eyes open and check your trees regularly for signs of any problems. This is particularly important when the trees are young since an early infestation of pests and diseases can cripple the trees, and they won’t establish well.
A social enterprise is a business which trades in pursuit of a social purpose. What makes a social enterprise different from a traditional business is that it is focused on delivering that social purpose, sometimes referred to as its “mission”.
This resource highlights examples of successful social enterprises, including local food co-operatives, community orchards, farms and coppice groups.
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!