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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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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'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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Case study Year 2: Supporting young people in their YMCA community

A case study that highlights the support given to a bereaved young couple during the development of an orchard at YMCA North Staffordshire.  Hard work and community spirit helped to alleviate the sense of loss felt by all connected to YMCANS.

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YouTube: Art in Apple Tutorial

Video about apple carving.

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Golberz

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

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Good practice on how to take semi ripe cuttings

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