We are delighted to announce the launch of a new National Orchard Marketplace. The site enables the buying and selling of surplus fruit and other orchard related produce such as trees, skills, courses and equipment. Items can also be given for free.
Each year, a vast amount of fruit is left to rot on the ground in traditional orchards, gardens and other land. While it is an important food source for wildlife, much goes to waste. This surplus fruit could be utilized by both amateur and professional juice, cider and perry makers, by community groups, schools, kitchens and restaurants.
This is a free service for individuals and businesses. This national online marketplace, initiated by the Gloucestershire Orchard Group and webmaster Pete Smith, will help unite those with orchard produce offered and wanted, reducing food miles. The more orchards are valued economically, the less likely they are to be grubbed up or neglected. This map-based site is funded by the NT/NE Orchard Project and Heritage Lottery fund, in association with the Gloucestershire Orchard Group and Hartpury Heritage Trust.
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