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Care guide for newly planted 2 year old trees

Category: Growing tips

The information in this care guide is based on YMCA North Staffordshire's experience with creating an orchard as part of the FFC project.  They planted 2 year old fruit trees, so Year 1 in the guide is effectively Year 3 in the life of the tree.

With correct after care and maintenance, fruit trees will produce healthy quantities of fruit for everyone to enjoy.

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Choosing what to grow - shape and size

Category: Growing tips

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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Training and pruning fruit trees

Category: Growing tips

Training and pruning fruit trees can seem a daunting prospect, but if you follow a few simple rules, it need not be complicated. All fruit trees will grow and fruit better if pruned regularly and it is a rewarding and satisfying task! 

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Fruit tree care

Category: Growing tips

Caring for your fruit trees during establishment and once established, tips, ideas and advice.

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Advice sheet for local varieties of fruit

Category: Growing tips

Selecting varieties that have originated from, or are local to your own county, many of which may be less well known, can be an interesting exploration of local heritage.

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Benefits of community orchards

Category: Growing tips

Orchards have played an important role in communities for many centuries, providing a focal point, a gathering space, and a place where people and the rest of nature successfully work together to create abundant harvests, providing fresh fruit long before the time of global freight. 

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Things to look out for when planning an orchard

Category: Growing tips

Once your trees are in the ground, they may be there for another century so careful planning now will really pay off!  

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How to choose your trees

Category: Growing tips

Selecting the right trees is key to a successful orchard. These are the trees that will be here for decades to come and trees don’t like being moved.  
By picking trees that are suited to your site conditions and varieties that have high pest and disease resistance, you are less likely to have to resort to chemical use to protect your trees. So what are the key considerations for orchard tree selection?

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Growing fruit trees in containers

Category: Growing tips

Generally speaking, if you want to plant a tree in a container for a long time, choose or build the biggest container you can get away with.

The Orchard Project share their wide knowledge of the conditions required to grow healthy fruit trees in restricted areas.

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Bare root trees - handling and planting tips

Category: Growing tips

We want your trees to be well planted and perform well, and hope that the following tips will guide you in the handling, storage, planting and aftercare.

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Social enterprise - what is it?

Category: Tried and tested

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.

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Diseases and Pests

Category: Growing tips

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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Harvesting & storing fruit

Category: Tried and tested

Top tips for apple & pear harvest and storage.  If you have more fruit than you can store, try using an apple press and get juicing!

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Case study Year 1: Inspiring residents to realise their potential

Category: Growing tips

This case study focuses on a resident of Horsham YMCA (The Y Centre) whose passion for gardening proved to be the basis of a committed interest in the development of the Fruit-full Communities (FFC) orchard.

George Farhall was so inspired by the FFC project and a visit to his local horticultural college in East Sussex, that he decided to pursue qualifications that would enhance his future employment prospects. 

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Case study Year 1: Building connections in the community

Category: Growing tips

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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Design, create and maintain outdoor mosaics

Category: Tried and tested

Outdoor mosaics can add interest and colour to your orchard project.  During Year 1 of the Fruit-full Communities project, they proved a therapeutic art activity at some YMCA sites, focussing meaning on particular events in the life of the residents. This short practical guide offers tips and advice on how to create a sustainable, weather-proof outdoor mosaic.

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Suggested reading and resource guides

Category: Growing tips

A great resource list (with links) to essential reading for all types of orchard project.  

NOTE that LTL advocates an organic approach that relies on creating an ecological balance in the orchard. 

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Planting your Orchard

Category: Growing tips

This practical guide outlines how The Orchard Project https://www.theorchardproject.org.uk/ plants orchards.  It comprehensively details the equipment needed and methods required to successfully grow fruit trees, including tips for guarding newly planted trees against external damage.

Please note that site considerations and planning are covered in a separate resource ‘Things to Look Out for When Planning an Orchard’. 

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'Worst case scenario' - planting for light touch orcharding

Category: Growing tips

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: Inspiring residents to realise their potential

Category: Growing tips

YMCA Humber's hugely ambitious fruit tree planting project re-kindled a passion for the outdoors in one of it's young residents, Josh Dean.  Josh played an enormously pivotal role in the development of the orchard and successfully pitched for significant funding for a solar powered irrigation system. 

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

Category: Tried and tested

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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How to get the local community involved in your event

Category: Tried and tested

By making your orchard accessible and welcoming to others by coordinating seasonal events, you will help to ensure its long term sustainability; the more people invested in the space, the more chance the orchard will be cared for and valued for the long term.

This resource is packed with useful & fun suggestions from FFC partner The Orchard Project who have huge experience in community participation.  From wassailing to summer picnics, there are plenty of ideas to get your event going!

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

Category: Tried and tested

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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Orchard trees - nutrient deficiencies

Category: Growing tips

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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Good practice on how to take semi ripe cuttings

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Good practice for hardwood cuttings of herbs

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London Orchard Project - Fruit in Motion

Watch the London Orchard Project's new video, documenting their work to promote orchards and fruit trees across the city. Working with Londoners to plant and harvest apple, pear and plum trees, the video provides inspiration for helping us all to rediscover the pleasure of eating home-grown fruit.  

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