Common Ground have been working to save old orchards and encourage the establishment of new community orchards since the late 1980s. They invented Apple Day (October 21st) in 1990 - now hundreds of places run their own celebrations.
Common Ground researched and compiled a wonderful gazetteer of orchards to entice people to explore the countryside and the city through their orchards - beautiful in their own right in the landscape and delicious and nutritious in their produce. The gazetteer is now hosted here on the Orchard Network pages and we invite everyone to help us keep it growing by telling us of more orchards, orchard produce, celebrations, stories and resources.
To use the gazetteer simply select a county from the side menu. Each county is then broken down into further sections, such as 'where to get help' and 'where to buy fruit trees'. You can also find a list of fruit varieties originating in each county.
Please note that the Common Ground gazetteer did not orginally include Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, but we are working to add these in. If you know of any sources of help, trees or produce please let us know!