Orchard Advice

Useful Contacts (last complete check March 2007 with recent updates July 2008)

This list contains organisations and individuals able to provide advice, support or funding for a range of orchard issues: finding local varieties, planting, apple juicing and cider making, nature conservation, training, education...and much more. The list will grow and change over time, so if you can't find what you need, drop us a line.


The Bat Conservation Trust, Unit 2, 15 Cloisters House, 8 Battersea Park Road, London SW8 4BG (020 7627 2629), enquiries[at]bats.org.uk or see www.bats.org.uk

British Independent Fruit Growers Association - John Breach is the Chairman, Chittenden Orchards, Staplehurst, Tonbridge, Kent TN12 0EX, (01580 891756).

British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV), Sedum House, Mallard Way, Potteric Carr, Doncaster DN4 8DB, (01302 388 888), information[at]btcv.org.uk, www.btcv.org.uk – co-ordinates environmental conservation volunteering throughout the UK and around the world. Supports many local conservation groups through their Community Network.

Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm, Brogdale Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 8XZ, (01795 536250) or see www.brogdalecollections.co.uk - The National Fruit Collection is held at Brogdale Farm and is being run by Reading University from the 1st April 2008. Brogdale Collections offers guided tours of the orchards, events throughout the year and apple varieties for sale. Identification is currently not available but contact for the latest information.

Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) National Office, 128 Southwark Street, London SE1 0SW (020 7981 2800), www.cpre.org.uk – exists to promote the beauty, tranquillity and diversity of rural England by encouraging the sustainable use of land and other natural resources in town and country. Campaigns and advises on planning issues. Branches across England.

Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), 230 Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 4LW, (01727 867201), email: camra[at]camra.org.uk or see www.camra.org.uk - as well as beer CAMRA promote real cider and perry including Cider Month in October, the National Champion Cider & Perry Competition and the Cider & Perry Pub of the Year Competition.

Cherry Aid, Henrietta Green / Jo Dodsley, jo [at] foodloversbritain.com    www.foodloversbritain.com

Common Ground, Gold Hill House, 21 High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8JE, (01747 850820), email: info[at]commonground.org.uk or see www.commonground.org.uk - advises nationally on Community Orchards, Apple Day (21st October), saving orchards, publications include the Book of Orchards. The Orchards Path at www.england-in-particular.info is a journey through England’s orchards.

Department for Communities & Local Government, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5DU (020 7944 4400) www.communities.gov.uk - for information on the planning system regarding the environment.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Customer Contact Unit, Eastbury House, 30 - 34 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TL or call the Helpline (08459 335577), email: helpline[at]defra.gsi.gov.uk or see www.defra.gov.uk - for information on orchards and the Common Agricultural Policy, and the Environmental Stewardship Scheme which provides grants to conserve
traditional orchards.

Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG), Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2RX (02476 696699) www.fwag.org.uk - offer consultation, and run courses through local branches, occasionally including orchard management.

Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, The Greenhouse, Hereford Street, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 4NA, (0117 923 1800) or see www.farmgarden.org.uk - a membership organisation offering support, advice, research and training. Some of their members have Community Orchards.

Fruit Forum at www.fruitforum.net - Fruit Forum is a web space for discussing any issues to do with fruit. It is authoritative, frequently updated and used by knowledgeable indiviudals and groups. Topics cover the broadest range from growing fruit and discovering its origins to fruit in art and literature, and above all the enjoyment of eating its many species and varieties.

Garden History Society, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ, (020 7608 2409), email: enquiries[at]gardenhistorysociety.org or see www.gardenhistorysociety.org - promotes the study and protection of historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes.

Garden Organic - Henry Doubleday Research Association, Ryton Organic Gardens, Ryton on Dunsmore, Coventry, CV8 3LG, (01203 303517) or see www.gardenorganic.org.uk - advice on organic gardening including organic top fruit growing. Celebrate Appel Day each year at Ryton.

Grasslands Trust, Wessex House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 9FD, (02380 650093), www.grasslands-trust.org - working to protect our wildflower-rich grasslands.

Learning Through Landscapes, 3rd Floor, Southside Offices, The Law Courts, Winchester, Hants, SO23 9DL, (01962 846258) or see www.ltl.org.uk - produced the School Orchards Pack with Common Ground. Offer resources for making more use of school grounds.

National Association of Cidermakers, www.cideruk.com - founded in 1920, represents the larger cider and perry industry and smaller scale cider makers.

The National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens, The Stable Courtyard, Wisley Garden, Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QP (01483 211465) www.nccpg.com - for details on national collections of cultivated plants including apples, cider apples, perry pears, damsons, walnuts and more.

National Forest Co., Enterprise Glade, Bath Lane, Moira, Swadlincote, Derbys DE12 6BD or see www.nationalforest.org - have included orchards in the Forest Strategy, and are helping people establish Community Orchards within the Forest.

National Orchards Forum, Linda Blenkinship, Membership Secretary, 12 Calverley Road, Oulton, Leeds LS26 8JQ, (01132 828324), lindablenkinship[at]yahoo.co.uk or see www.nat-orchard-forum.org.uk - a forum of orchard groups across the UK established in 2002 to pool information and expertise and provide a medium for discussion. There is a useful newsletter plus lots of information including a gazetteer of groups online.

National Trust, Heelis, Kemble Drive, Swindon SN2 2NA, (0870 242 6620) or see www.nationaltrust.org.uk - Many properties maintain old orchards or local fruit collections within their grounds and organise public Apple Day celebrations.

Open Spaces Society, 25a Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2BA, (01491 573535), hq[at]oss.org.uk, www.oss.org.uk – protects commons, village greens and public rights of way.

People’s Trust for Endangered Species, 15 Cloisters House, 8 Battersea Park Road, London SW8 4BG, (020 7498 4533), enquiries[at]ptes.org, www.ptes.org – works to ensure a future for endangered species of the world. Has been working on a survey or traditional orchards in 8 counties: Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Cambridgeshire, Cumbria, Devon, Essex and Kent. With specific interest in the endangered Noble Chafer beetle. One of their reserves is Rough Hill orchard in Worcestershire.

Plantlife, 14 Rollestone Street, Salisbury, SP1 1DX, (01722 342730), enquiries[at]plantlife.org.uk, www.plantlife.org.uk – works to protect Britain’s wild flowers and plants, fungi and lichens, and the habitats in which they are found.

Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley Gardens, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB, (01483 211113) www.rhs.org.uk - for horticultural advice, fruit identification, training etc. The Fruit Officer is Jim Arbury.

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), UK Headquarters, The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2DL, www.rspb.org.uk – working to secure a healthy environment for birds and other wildlife.

British Trust for Ornithology, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PU, (01842 750050), info[at]bto.org, www.bto.org - promotes bird conservation through volunteer-based surveys.

Slow Food UK, Sue Miller, Convivium Leader, Director. See www.slowfoodbedford.co.uk - email slowfoodbedford [at] @ntlworld.com (07753 780607)

Small Woods Association, Green Wood Centre, Station Road, Coalbrookdale, Telford TF8 7DR, (01952 432769), www. smallwoods.org.uk - supports and promotes the work done by the owners and carers of small woodlands.

Soil Association, South Plaza, Marlborough Street, Bristol BS1 3NX, (0117 314 5000) or see www.soilassociation.org.uk - advice on organic growing, local food links, organic certification.

Slow Food UK, Unit 3, Alliance Court, Eco Park Road, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1FB (01584 879599), info@slowfood.org.uk. Fiona Richmond, Slow Food UK Co-ordinator: f.richmond[at]slowfood.org.uk. Slow Food UK is part of the international Slow Food movement which aims to protect and promote the huge variety of good, traditional, local foods. See www.slowfood.org.uk

Sustain Alliance for Better Food & Farming, 94 White Lion Street, London N1 9PF, (020 7837 1228), sustain[at]sustainweb.org
www.sustainweb.org – advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture. Sustain is in 2006-8 working on an orchard project with Leader+ (a European Union funded programme of rural development) networking between orchards projects in six areas: Herefordshire Rivers, Somerset Level and Moors, Teignbridge, North West Devon, Mid Kent and Cumbria Fells and Dales. Will be produsing a ‘good practice guide’ for orchard projects. Contact Ida Fabrizio on ida[at]sustainweb.org

The Traditional Orchards HAP Group, Rob Williams, Block B Government Buildings, Whittington Road, Worcester WR5 2LQ +44(0)1905 362981. rob.williams [at] naturalengland.org.uk

Vigo Vineyard Supplies, Dunkerswell, Honiton, Devon EX14 4LF (01404 890262) www.vigoltd.com for simple apple presses.

Walled Kitchen Gardens Network, Walled Kitchen Gardens Network, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ, email: admin[at]walledgardens.net or see www.walledgardens.net - an informal group of national organisations and individual experts who offer an advisory service, plus updates and news by email to subscribers. They are working on a list of Walled Kitchen Gardens to visit across the country.

The Wildlife Trusts, The Kiln, Waterside, Mather Road, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG24 1WT (0870 036 7711), enquiry[at]wildlifetrusts.org, www.wildlifetrusts.org – HQ of the network of county Wildlife Trusts, many of which have orchards within the nature reserves, managed for wild life.

The Woodland Trust, Autumn Park, Dysart Road, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6LL (01476 581111) www.woodland-trust.org.uk – an organisation dedicated to the care and protection of native woodlands. Own woodlands, some of which have orchards, as well as restoring lost woodland and creating anew.

Abundance: Urban Fruit Harvest Sheffield, Anne-Marie Culhane, +44(0)784 907 3394, mail [at] amculhane.co.uk www.growsheffield.com/pages/groShefAbund.html - Campaign to make better use of urban growing fruit in season. A team of
volunteers harvest city fruit and redistribute the surplus to the community on a non-profit basis - to community cafes, nurseries, Surestarts and individuals.

Arnside & Silverdale AONB Office, Countryside Management Service, The Old Station Buildings, Arnside, Lancaster LA5 0HG, (01524 761034) or see www.arnsidesilverdaleaonb.org.uk - research and surveys into local orchards, can advise or suggest local contacts and grants through the Sustainable Development Fund.

Paul Hand, Bees & Trees, Whitton Cottage, Whitton, Leintwardine, Craven Arms, Shropshire, LD7 1RE, (01547 540374). Training, restoration advice. Bees & Trees promote orchards and old varieties of apples and other fruits; conserve native honey bees and the use of traditional straw skep hives. They are working on a project called Tettenhall Dick, the Black Country name for any perry pear; they have grafted 2000 new trees to plant across the midlands. Offer talks on bees, fruit trees, educational days at schools etc.

Butterfly Conservation England, Manor Yard, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QP, (0870 7744309),

Cherry Aid, Jo Dodsley/Henrietta Green, jo[at]foodloversbritain.com or see www.foodloversbritain.com - campaign to promote British-grown cherries and cherry orchards. British Cherry Day is on Saturday 19 July.

Katie Lowe , Cheshire Orchard Project, Cheshire Landscape Trust, Fountains Buildings, Upper Northgate Street, Chester CH1 4EF, (01244 376333), cltoffice@tiscali.co.uk. Encouraging community groups, schools and individuals to plant Cheshire varieties of apple and damson trees and promoting the importance of orchards and fruit growing. Can advise on varieties particular to Cheshire.

Jo Brooks, Environment Officer, Chichester District Council, East Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1TY, (01243 785166) or see www.chichester.gov.uk (and use the search facility for orchards) - offer advice, plus 50% match funding for community orchard projects (up to £500 for retsoration or new trees). The grant must be matched either by other funds or in kind such as by volunteer time. A ‘Guide to Setting up Community Orchards’ is available.

Colwall Orchard Project, Herefordshire, Helen Stace, helen.stace [at] naturalengland.org.uk +44(0)1684 540569. www.greener.colwall.info

Cornwall Orchards Project: Colin Hawke, Natural Environment Officer, Cornwall County Council, County Hall, Truro TR1 3AY, (01872 222000), chawke[at]cornwall.gov.uk or see www.cornwall.gov.uk/trees - offer advice, maintain a website and send out information packs about Cornish orchards and varieties. Established in 1999 when local nurseries were encouraged to propagate Cornish varieties. Currently no grants available.

Woodlands Officer, East Cumbria Countryside Project, Warwick Mill, Warwick Bridge, Carlisle CA4 8RR, (01228 561601),
eccp[at]carlisle-city.gov.uk - the project no longer has an Orchards Group but the Woodlands Officer can advise on orchards including Environmental Stewardship. No grants available.

East Devon Coast & Countryside Service, Council Offices, Knowle, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8HL, 01395 516551 - will atempt to advise on orchards.

Martin Skipper, East of England Apples & Orchards Project, The School House, Rougham, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE32 2SE, 01328 838403, info[at]applesandorchards.org.uk or see www.applesandorchards.org.uk - researching varieties of the eastern counties, offering identification at Apple Day events, propagating and selling eastern varieties of apple trees, running training workshops on creating restorating orchards including orcharding skills. Their work now extends to Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Lincolnshire.

Frances Schwartz, Secretary, East London Organic Gardeners, C/O 43 Arbour House, Arbour Square, London E1 0PP or see www.elog.org.uk - have a press for juicing days and to lend out, always in need of
volunteers for events.

Alan Watson, Arboriculture Officer, Gloucester County Council, The Malthouse, Standish, GL10 3DL (01453 794920) - The Charles Martell Collection has been kindly donated to GCC to form Gloucestershire County Fruit Trees and is used for grafting material. Advice for planting and restoring orchards.

Ann Smith, Secretary, Gloucestershire Orchards Group, 109 Orchard Way, Church Down, Gloucester GL3 2AP, smithcovell[at]btinternet.com or see www.orchard-group.uklinux.net - conserve, promote and celebrate traditional orchards in Gloucestershire. Their website offers information on creating or restoring traditional orchards, Gloucestershire fruit varieties, events run by the Group, and lots of other information. Membership organisation offering training, advice (including grants) and a useful newsletter.

Countryside Service, Herefordshire County Council, Queenswood Country Park, Dinmore Hill, Leominster, Herefordshire, NR6 0PY, (01432 260848) email: countryside[at]herefordshire.gov.uk - James Bisset, Principle Countryside Officer, can help advise on the restoration of old orchards and offers subsidised Fruit Tree Kits for Gardens with Herefordshire varieties as well as grants for traditional orchards in Herefordshire, the Malvern Hills AONB and the English side of the Wye Valley AONB.

Hertfordshire Orchards Initiative, contact Mr John Ely, c/o Highfield Park Trust, West Lodge, Hill End Lane, St Albans Hertfordshire, AL4 0RB, (01727 847242) or email: admin[at]highfieldparktrust.co.uk- researching and conserving Hertfordshire’s orchards and varieties. A free leaflets is available, plus advice. The Initiative is surveying the county’s orchards.

Mr Alexander W J Hunt, Kentish Cobnuts Association, Apple Trees, Comp Lane, St Mary’s Platt, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 8NR, (0207 408 1010 work), (01732 882734 home), email: info[at]kentishcobnutsassociation.co.uk or see www.kentishcobnutsassociation.co.uk - represents growers and other interested parties, and promotes the cultivation and marketing of cobnuts. It runs training courses and produces a regular newsletter.

Jon Shelton, Kentish Stour Countryside Project, Sidelands Farm, Wye, Ashford, Kent, (01233 813307) or see www.kentishstour.org.uk - helps to maintain No Man’s Orchard, a local nature reserve and Community Orchard.

Lancashire Apples Project, contact Phil Rainford, (01772 712909), email: p.f.rain[at]btinternet.com - a joint project in association with the Northern Fruit Group, Lancaster Seedsavers, Middlewood Trust and Lancashire County Council. Historic local varieties have been grafted and some sold to the public, and this will continue for another year into 2007. An orchards survey has been carried out within the Arnside & Silverdale AONB, and orchards are being restored. A collection of Northern Apples has been assembled in the walled garden of Leighton Hall. Phil Rainford also offer as a service historic fruit conservation, orchard maintenance workshops, and talks.

Sheila Leitch, Marcher Apple Network, Wye View, Glasbury-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5NU, (01497 847354), www.marcherapple.net - reviving interest in local apple varieties in the English and Welsh Marches. Researching local varieties, and have established four museum orchards. Organise events and sometimes training, offer apple identification and have published a booklet, Apples of the Welsh Marches (£4 incl p&p), as well as reproducing the Herefordshire Pomona on CD (£16 inc p&p).

Mid-Shires Orchard Group, Andy Howard 01295 810516, johoward[at]metronet.co.uk and Marcus Roberts 01295 712272, mandm.roberts[at]ukgateway.net or see www.msog.btik.com - a group formed in 2007 to conserve and propagate local fruit varieties, run training courses and to restore the orchard at Stowe Gardens. Also sell local varieties through the Heritage Fruit Tree Co.

Tom Hyndes, North Devon Coast & Countryside Service, Old Bideford Station, Railway Terrace, Bideford, North Devon EX39 4BB, (01237 423655) - run a programme of volunteer days which can involve orchard restoration, a potential source of advice on orchards.

The National Damson Collection, Ironbridge Gorge Museum, near Coalbrookdale, (01952 435900) - created in the 1990s by the Shropshire branch of the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens. The collection has about 7 damson and 7 bullace varieties. Although no one at the museum can offer advice, the orchard can be viewed by appointment and would be useful for identification purposes.

Natural England, Northminster House, Peterborough PE1 1UA (01733 455252), info[at]naturalengland.org.uk or see www.naturalengland.org.uk – English Nature, now part of Natural England has been researching traditional orchards as habitats. In 2007 a Habitat Action Plan for orchards was included in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. Regarding this contact Rob Williams, Traditional Orchards HAP Group, Natural England, Block B, Government Buildings, Whittington Road, Worcester WR5 2LQ (01905 362981), rob.williams[at]naturalengland.org.uk

Dan Neuteboom, Real English Fruit, The Orchards, Oaktree House, Braiseworth, near Eye, IP23 7DS or see
www.realenglishfruit.co.uk - an experienced orchardist, having been actively involved in the fruit industry for decades. Now growing organic apples, propagating trees, currently researching innovative organic pest and disease control systems, maximising the positive effects offered by naturally-occurring micro-organisms in symbiotic relationships with the tree. Offers consultancy service for orchards.

Northamptonshire - Apple Cause, c/o South Court Environmental, 34 Bostock Avenue, Northampton, NN1 4LW, (01604 630719) - responsible with the local community for saving Wilson’s Orchard in Northampton from development in the 1990s, caring for the trees and planting new trees. Have gone on to researching orchards in the county, joining forces with other orchard enthusiasts and can offer advice on saving and rejuvenating orchards, planting, pruning and grafting.

Simon Clark, Secretary, Northern Fruit Group, Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens, Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB, email: harlowcarr[at]rhs.org.uk - courses and advice on varieties, propagating, planting and growing to the public as well as organisations. They have been surveying orchards in parts of Yorkshire. Hold an annual fruit show, and developing a model fruit graden at Harlow Carr and are working on a Heritage Collection at Helmsley Walled Garden. Celebrate Apple Day at which apples can be identified. Publications include: Fruit Varieties Recommended for the North of England.

Orchard Link Cumbria is a network of orchard owners and people interested in orchards, able to give general advice on orchard management and planting. Contact Dick Palmer, Bush Green, Foxfield Road, Broughton in Furness LA20 6EZ (01229 716724) or email dick.palmer[at]tiscali.co.uk. Dick is also the contact for the Community Apple Press Association in Broughton in Furness who hire out their mobile apple press.

Orchard Link (Devon), PO Box 109, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5XR, Contact Ben Pike (07792 664710), (01803 732212), email info[at]orchardlink.org.uk or see www.orchardlink.org.uk. Offers training, a newsletter, members events, training days and advice over the phone. Orchard Link will also sell your surplus apples at Farmers Markets and will lend out its two mobile cider presses and mill. Look out for Pressing Days run in conjunction with Orchard Link in October. Ben Pike also runs Devon Orchards Services offering consultancy and practical work.

Orchards Live - N Devon, C/O Jane Scholfield, Lewdon Farm, Black Dog, Crediton, Devon EX17 4QQ, (01884 861181), e-mail jane[at]blackdog.ukf.net or Michael Gee, the chairman on michael[at]lhgee.freeserve.co.uk or see www.orchardslive.org.uk - Orchards Live organises up to 10 events per year including grafting days (Feb), pruning days (Dec to Feb), and budding days (July).

John Edgely, Pershore College of Horticulture, Avonbank, Pershore, Worcestershire WR10 3J, (01386 551126) - leads fruit tree pruning courses, with the RHS, offers identifiction of plums, apples and other orchard fruits. John Edgely is a plum expert who has helped establish Plum Day.

RHS Fruit Group, RHS Garden Wisley, Ripley, Surrey GU23 6QB, contact the Curator’s Office (01483 212342) - members of the Royal Horticultural Society with a specific interest in top fruit and soft fruit who meet with others interested in fruit for lectures, workshops and discussions, and visit research stations, fruit farms, private gardens etc, both in the UK and Europe, to see the growing, harvesting and storage of fruit.

Ian Pitcairn, The Fruit Works, 10 Farmerie Road, Hundon, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 8HA, (01440 786467), email: ian[at]pitcairn.wanadoo.co.uk - orchard management plans, advice on planting, pruning and orchard care and conservation.

South Lakeland Orchard Group, c/o 3 Fellside Cottages, Sizergh, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 8DZ, 015395 61681, Fulmus[at]aol.com - formed in 2007 to conserve, maintain and renovate orchards, encourage planting of new orchards in the area, recognise the importance of biodiversity and the preservation of old local varieties. They aim to offer training in orcharding skills.

Michael Pooley, Shropshire Apple Trust, C/O 1 Cherry Tree Hill, Coalbrookdale, Telford TF8 7EQ, email: michaelpooley99[at]hotmail.com or see www.shropshireapple.co.uk - helped create the Coalbrookdale Community Orchard. They have built a traditional twin-screw cider press using green oak and salvage metalwork and sellsmaller oak table-top presses for £250, hire out tabletop and twin screw presses and can attend events. Published 'Real Cidermaking on a Small Scale' by Michael Pooley and John Loxa, and run a juicing and cider making weekend each year.

Slow Food Bedford, Sue Miller, Convivium Leader, Director. See www.slowfoodbedford.co.uk - email slowfoodbedford [at] @ntlworld.com (07753 780607)

Somerset Orchards: Phil Stone, Environment Dept., Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset TA1 4DY, (01823 355617), prstone[at]somerset.gov.uk - offer advice, plus grants for new standard orchards and replacement trees, encourage schools to plant orchards, involved in tracing and preserving local varieties. A number of publications available including: a dvd on Somerset's Orchards @ £10.00 inc. p&p, 'Somerset Cider & Apple Juice Map’ and a leaflet on the orchard grants available.

Somerset Orchard Link, Contact Elaine Spencer-White, Sustainable Foodlinks, 10-11 Bridge Barns, Long Sutton, Langport TA10 9PZ (01458 241401) or see www.foodlinks.org.uk - represents small-scale orchard owners who are seeking ways to add value to their apples crops.

Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury, (01458 831197) - shows how cider has been made throughout the centuries, has an orchard with many old varieties of cider apple trees and rare breeds of farm animals. Visit their cidermaking demonstration on Apple Day.

South Lakeland Orchard Group, Brian Fereday, 3 Fellsize Cottages, Sizergh, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 8DZ, fulmus [at] aol.com

South Warwickshire Orchard Group (SWOG), David Botterill, +44(0)1608 682644, davidbotterill [at] btinternet.com

Chris Bird, Sparsholt College, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 2NF, (01962 797277) or cbird[at]sparsholt.ac.uk - helped to establish a collection of Hampshire varieties at Sparsholt College and now propagating them in order to supply trees in the future. Offers identificiation, primarily at Apple Days. Can offer pruning demonstration days at neglected orchards.

Staffordshire Orchards Initiative: Mike Deegan, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, The Wolseley Centre, Wolseley Bridge, Stafford ST17 0WT, (01889 880100) - advice on local varieties and orchards, creating a County Collection of varieties at the Wolseley Centre, mapping orchards in the county.

Kim & David Squirrell, Symondsbury Apple Project, C/O Treewise Co-op, The Old Post Office, Symondsbury, Bridport, Dorset DT6 6EZ, (01308 427449) or see www.appleproject.org.uk - organise Apple Day at Symondsbury’s own Community Orchard, and when they can, advise groups in Dorset on planting and renovating orchards and offer pruning and grafting courses and identification. They have created a booklet to show how they have researched the orchard heritage of Dorset, available to buy for £1.

Tamar Orchard Group, Tamar Valley AONB, Kilworthy Park, Tavistock, Devon PL19 0BZ, contact the AONB Project Officer, Stephen Russell Stephen Russell (01579 351083), srussell[at]tamarvalley.org.uk - help to organise a programme of events throughout the year including pruning and grafting days.

The Tamar Valley Orchard Volunteers, Contact Caroline and Richard Vulliamy (01579 370411) or email carolinevulliamy[at]hotmail.com - free advice to orchard owners, and offer pruning, grafting and other specialist practical tasks, workshops, orchard management advice (for wildlife and fruit bearing), and produce new young trees grafted from local trees making them ideal for local microclimates.

Bill Clifford, Secretary, Westmorland Damson Association, C/O Greenside, Crosthwaite, Kendal LA8 8JL, email: bill.clifford[at]virgin.net or see www.lythdamsons.org.uk - restoring damons trees in the area, promoting damsons for cooking, Damson Day each April with lots of damson produce for sale.

Worcestershire Orchard Workers, Wade Muggleton, Countryside Officer at Worcestershire County Council (01905 766493) or wmuggleton[at]worcestershire.gov.uk. 1998 saw the setting up of the to encourage the conservation and enhancement of traditional orchards within Worcestershire. Offer advice and training in orchard restoration, pruning and grafting.

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, contact Helen Woodman, (01905 754919) - working to save old orchards as habitats for wild life.


Ayrshire Apple Network, John Butterworth, C/O Garden Cottage, Auchinlech Estate, Cumnock, Ayrshire KA18 2LR, (01290 553042).

Butterfly Conservation Scotland, Balallan House, Allan Park, Stirling, FK8 2QG, (0870 7706151) www.butterfly-conservation.org

Central Core Network, Catherine Lloyd, Greenbank House, West End, Abernethy, PH2 9JL, cathlloyd[at]ukf.net or see www.centralcoreorchardsnetwork.co.uk – conducting orchard surveys in Scotland. Offer advice, encourage conservation and
rejuvenation of orchards, community orchards, information pack etc plus a newsletter for members.

Galloway Orchards Project, Angus & Mary MacIlwraith, New Milns Farm, Wigtown, Newton Stewart DG8 9DH (01988 403267), macil[at]btinternet.com - Membership organisation that runs courses on pruning, budding, apple identification day course etc in the walled garden of Shambellie House and Galloway House. Have a stall at Apple Day events with a display, promoting Galloway orchards and varieties.

Scottish Natural Heritage, HQ, Great Glen House, Leachkin Road, Inverness, IV3 8NW (01463 725000), email: enquiries[at]snh.gov.uk or see www.snh.org.uk - aim to “secure the conservation and enhancement of Scotland's unique and precious natural heritage - the wildlife, the habitats and the landscapes which have evolved in Scotland through the long partnership between people and nature”.

Tayside Biodiversity Partnership, Catherine Lloyd, Tayside Biodiversity Coordinator, c/o Dundee City Council, Floor 13, Tayside House, Dundee DD1 3RA www.taysidebiodiversity.co.uk

Butterfly Conservation Wales
, 10 Calvert Terrace, Swansea, SA1 6AR, (0870 7706153),

Hilary Miller, Senior Land Use Policy Officer, Countryside Council for Wales, Plas Penrhos, Ffordd Penrhos, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2LQ, (08451 306229) - potential source of information regarding orchard conservation.

Welsh Assembly Government, (0845 010 5500), email: assembly.info[at]wales.gsi.gov.uk or see www.wales.gov.uk - administer Tir Gofal, the agri-environment grants scheme that includes traditional orchards.

Sheila Leitch, Marcher Apple Network, Wye View, Glasbury-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5NU, (01497 847354), www.marcherapple.net - reviving interest in local apple varieties in the English and Welsh Marches. Researching local varieties, and have established four museum orchards. Organise events and sometimes training, offer apple identification and have published a booklet, Apples of the Welsh Marches (£4 incl p&p), as well as reproducing the Herefordshire Pomona on CD (£16 inc p&p).

Monmouthshire County Council
, County Hall, Cwmbran, NP44 2XH (01633 644843) or Kate Stinchcombe, Biodiversity Officer - advice on grants and managing orchards for wild life.

North East Wales Orchard Initiative, contact Simon Farr (01352 740022) or see www.welshorchardfruits.com - looking for lost varieties of apple, plum and other orchard fruit in North East Wales to create mother orchards in the region. Contact them if you have an unidentified fruit tree in your garden or orchard. Funding for this project ended in 2006, so pruning and management advice is still offered for a charge.

Perllanau Powys Project, Glasu, Antur Gwy, Park Road, Builth Wells, Powys LD2 3BA, (01982 552224) or see www.glasu.org.uk - promote orchards in Powys and working to add value to apples that may otherwise go to waste as windfalls. Between 2005 and 2007 the project employed Liz and Tony Gentil of TLG Orchards in Cheshire as Orchard Doctors to help orchard owners in Powys to find the best ways of managing their orchards for productivity and sustainability, to carry out a survey of 30 orchards, to produce advice leaflets and an orchard contact list, and to develop a forum for Powys orchard owners and people who use their products, bringing together everyone with an interest in orchard fruit.

The Tree Fruit Society of Wales, contact Steve Jones on sashleyj[at]hotmail.com or see www.treefruitsocietyofwales.org.uk– run a programme of talks, and workshops including pruning and grafting. Based at Scolton Manor, Pembrokeshire where they are planning an orchard of Welsh varieties, and those that grow well in Wales

Welsh Perry & Cider Society, Martyn Evans is the Fruit Officer, (01291 673804) or see www.welshcider.co.uk - Welsh Perry & Cider Festival in May, offer advise, training, a point of contact for people interested in Welsh Cider & Perry and Welsh varieteis of cider apple and perry pear trees.

Butterfly Conservation N Ireland, Slemish Complex, Knockbracken Healthcare Park, Saintfield Road, Belfast, BT8 8BH ( 028 9079 6979) mhughes[at]butterfly-conservation.org or see www.butterfly-conservation.org

Irish National Collection of Apples is held at University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland. Contact Professor Michael Hennerty in the School of Biology and Environmental Science (00 353 1 716 7752) or michael.hennerty[at]ucd.ie. About 100 varieties are grown on dwarf rootstocks. The collection can be viewed by appointment, and budding material is available.

Irish Seed Savers Association, Caparroe, Scariff, County Clare, Ireland (00353 61 921866) or see www.irishseedsavers.ie - Searching for the last surviving traditional Irish varieties of apple and have found over 140. Once rediscovered varieties are grafted, the trees are sold to the public as they believe the safest place for these trees is where they were originally found - in people's gardens. An apple catalogue is available on request listing over 80 varieties with full descriptions. All are grown at the nursery at Caparroe.

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