We are proud to be part of the York Traditional Orchard Group
January 2016 saw the first meeting of York Traditional Orchard Group, a place where member groups from around the city hope to identify and conserve existing orchards; act as a contact/hub for information; and act as a forum for sharing ideas and information.
Potential areas for cooperation were identified:
- Workshops and courses
- Task days/work parties
- Management plans
- Promoting biodiversity
- Identifying varieties of fruit
- Storing, collection and using fruit
- Community events e.g. apple day
- Responding to consultations
Traditional orchards are wildlife havens which contain elements of woodland, pasture and meadow grassland, and are often bordered by native hedgerows. They are recognised as representing biodiversity hotspots and consequently were identified as priority habitats through both the UK Biodiversity Action Plan and the York Biodiversity Action Plan.
York orchards and groups
Danesmead Orchard, Fulford (no website)
Dormouse Orchard, Clifton
Greenfields, Haxby Road
St Nicks, Tang Hall
Tang Hall Community Orchard, Tang Hall
A selection of national links with information on orchards
Brogdale – Home of the National Fruit Collection
Common Ground: the originators of the community orchard concept
Department for Communities and Local Government: Community Orchards – How to Guide
An interesting read from a Friend of Fulford Community Orchard, Katrina Foxton.