The Orchard Network is is a partnership of organisations throughout the British Isles. Get to know them below.

FWAG SouthWest

The Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group SouthWest (FWAG SouthWest) is a registered charity representing the region’s farmers and landowners in the delivery of wildlife conservation. FWAG SouthWest provides independent expert advice, tailored to your needs and aimed at bringing environmental and financial benefits to your business. Their team of experienced advisers cover Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

NACM

The National Association of Cidermakers is the UK cider trade association and represents ~87% of UK cider. The cider industry takes its UK apples from 7,700 ha of orchards, around half of the UK apple crop.

Wayside Orchard

The group acquired a plot of land in 1991 that they then turned into an orchard. The group acquired 29 tree specimens, comprising 18 different varieties from the orchard of Threave Castle in Dumfriesshire, notable for its unique collection of ancient Scottish pear trees. Since then they have further propagated the original trees, so that there are now several of each variety, and further heritage pears and some apples have been added to the orchard.

Orchard Keeper

Orchard Keeper is an online cloud-based management system for any ancient heritage, new, community or commercial orchard of any size. All of an orchard’s changing information can be collated and stored in one digital home – for year on year comparisons, audit records for subsidising authorities, ongoing work, tree husbandry and orchard maintenance planning. 

Orchard Project

The Orchard Project believes that community orchards can transform lives, build resilient communities, improve wellbeing and help nature to thrive. They are committed to reviving the UK’s rich history of urban orchards as a means to reconnect people to their food sources. They work in partnership with communities across England and Scotland to plant, manage, restore and harvest from their own orchards.

BLOG

Bedfordshire and Luton Orchard Group (BLOG) is a countywide organisation representing conservation societies and local people. They aim to bring together like minded people to help survey, conserve and enjoy the county's orchard heritage. BLOG is managed by a steering group of interested individuals who meet to promote and manage Bedfordshire's orchards.

Orchards Live

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Since 1991 Orchards Live has been reversing the decline of traditional orchards. Training events covering all aspects of orchard restoration, established orchard management and fruit production are run throughout the year. Equipment is available for members to hire. Public interest is promoted through well-attended annual Apple Days at RHS Rosemoor and the very successful Apple Fair in South Molton. They also seek out, identify and document old fruit varieties and liaise with other interested bodies in the South West. Devon Apples was started with a grant and aims to record the traditional apple varieties of the South West; DNA testing proving that many are unique to the area.