The Department of Communities and Local Government has published a new, simple ‘how to’ guide for communities wanting to start up, share or save their own community orchards that could help reverse the national decline in traditional orchards.
The community orchards guide (PDF 500KB) brings together in one place practical advice and guidance for green fingered enthusiasts who want to make the most of green spaces in their area.
The guide outlines what new and existing support and powers are available for communities wanting to conserve or create community orchards. It provides links to expert organisations, information on where to go for funding and examples of communities across the country busy preparing to harvest their latest crop.
The guide is accompanied by a set of case studies (PDF 1MB), which provides some examples of successful community orchard projects around the country.