30 March 2011
In October 2008, the National Trust embarked upon an Orchard Project to restore and conserve Traditional Orchards across England. With funding from Natural England's Countdown 2010 Biodiversity Action Fund, a whole host of activities were supported, from restoring old orchards to planting new ones, holding celebration events and surveying orchards for their fruit and wildlife. The project was staffed by Project Manager Lucy Cordrey (above right) and Project Officer Kate Merry (above left) at the National Trust.
The Conserving and Restoring Traditional Orchards, England Project operated at 35 National Trust properties and with 23 external partners, including local BAP partnerships, Local Orchard Groups and Schools. Over 700 people benefitted from a programme of training workshops, which covered practical orchard management, apple identification, marketing, fundraising and juice and cider production!
Some project highlights:
We have prepared a Project Scrabook which gives a full account of the project's achievements and the strong legacy it leaves behind. You can download it below, or view our short video clip, filmed in the orchards at Killerton Estate in Devon.