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National Trust Launches Campaign To Save Britain’s Orchards

National Trust has joined with Natural England to begin a project to bring awareness and conservation to the traditional orchard. Traditional orchards are in danger of becoming a thing of the past, with most fruit trees now being grown intensively with the use of chemicals and small scale fruit producers having been hit by difficult economic situations over the years.

One of the major reasons behind the project is concern for the future of many rare varieties of apple, such as the Polly White Hair and the Hangy-Down. Plum and pear varieties are also affected, as are habitats of creatures such as bats, birds, insects and small mammals. National Trust’s head of nature conservation, David Bullock, commented,

“Traditional orchards have been disappearing at an alarming rate over the last 60 years. We are in real danger of losing these unique habitats – and the wildlife, local fruit varieties and their rich heritage – and if we don’t act in some cases we will not even know what local varieties of fruit have been lost.”

The project will provide £500,000 of funding which will go towards securing and preserving existing and neglected orchards and creating new ones, creating awareness of orchards and the biodiversity they are crucial to, and holding workshops to help people learn how to prune and graft fruit trees.

Acting Chair of Natural England, Poul Christensen, said

“Traditional orchards are a classic feature of the English landscape and are ideal habitats for threatened and protected species. Successful orchards are worth their weight in gold, not just for the valuable contribution they make to the economy but to the subsequent enhancement of these precious wildlife habitats.”


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  1. Hi, I live in Kings Lynn Norfolk There is near Kings Lynn at CONGHAM HALL an orchard that is over grown and is just left.

    If you put the above name in your browser you will see it is a large country house that has been turned in to a up market hotel. THey in the past have made much of the kitchen garden in deed showing people round. Can you look in to the orchard please it MAY be to good to waste.

    Thank You Pleae come back to me Andrew Stevenson

    Posted by Andrew Stevenson April 24, 2010 at 10:28 am | Permalink
  2. Hello,

    My name is Tatiana, I work for Barclaycard in Northampton and as part of our efforts to encourage Citizenship also fitting with everyones incresing understanding of environmental awareness, I was wonderig if you had any projects that you might need a little help with.

    Last year I organised a community event – tree planting undertaken by Barclaycard employees and I also secured some funds to pay for the trees. We managed (over two days) to plant 800+ trees (hazels, crab apples, hawthorn etc.)at Sywell Country Park.

    I hope to organise something similar this year and I following recent reports I am very much interested in doing something to save British Orchards.

    Would you please send me any relevant infomration you have about this programme, or deatils of other organisations with whom we may be able to help in the area of Northamptonshire.

    I appreciate your help in this matter, I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kindest Regards,
    Tatiana Worek.

    Posted by Tatiana Worek June 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

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