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Engaging the local community

Call for local volunteers!

There are many opportunities for community members to support the centres in looking after their orchards, including help with:
• pruning, care and other gardening jobs
•designing for example Apple Day posters
•teaching young people about fruit trees and how to care for them
•planning and preparing fruit based produce that can then be sold
•selling centre-grown fruit
•building seating, sculptures or mosaics to make new orchards even more attractive places in which to stop and sit

If you would like to get involved as a volunteer, please speak to a support or youth worker at your local YMCA or Foyer.

And here are some ideas on how to get your local community involved:


Organise a Fruit Appeal with your local YMCA centre:

Join your local YMCA and help them identify and collect local fruit that otherwise would have gone to waste! Encourage local people to bring the fruit to your YMCA centre, help them identify the variety, encourage them to try it and share ideas with them on how the fruit could be used!

Organise a Fruit Day:

Once fruit is collected by the centres they could use the fruit to create and share fruit based produce with their local community.  A simple cake sale raising money for the local centre would be a great option!

Be creative when looking for opportunities to educate and inspire the wider community about local fruit and share your ideas and success stories with us so that we can, in turn, help other centres inspire thousands more neighbours and friends nationally to try new local fruit varieties.


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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How to get the local community involved in your event

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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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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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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