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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Choosing what to grow - shape and size

Advice and information to help you choose the right size and shape of tree.  The characteristics of different types of rootstocks and tree form descriptions for apple and pear varieties.

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Orchard trees - nutrient deficiencies

All plants require a range of different nutrients to live a healthy life. A lack of one or more of these available in the soil can cause problems for the plant.

This resource shows what to look out for in unhealthy or non-thriving fruit trees and how best to ameliorate the situation.

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Diseases and Pests

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 diseases and pests can cripple the trees and they won’t establish well.

This comprehensive resource features an at-a-glance identification guide to some common fruit tree and plant problems. Beware...there are many more!

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Tree Council

Free expert advice in looking after your orchard? The Tree Council have a wardens scheme with a national network of volunteers.


Amazing huge artworks produced from apples at a Swedish Apple Market.

National Orchard Network

A comprehensive UK-wide resource for finding out about the wildlife that thrives within our orchards, the issues that surround their conservation, and ways that you can get involved

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