Resilient Green Spaces – Productive Community Orchards
Productive Community Orchards in-person, on-site visit/s!
Friday 20 May 2022
10.30am (arrivals and coffee) to 5pm
Come join us for a day around Mid-Wales - click here for further details and to book your place!
Are you in a community group with land wanting to either plant fruit/nut trees, move into production or both? Or perhaps you’re already growing and want to begin processing? Maybe you are a community group growing and processing and want to meet others doing the same.
Then Social Farms & Gardens might be able to help!
The Productive Community Orchards strand of Resilient Green Spaces aims to bring about a step change in community managed fruit production, storage, processing and fruit-based products for Wales. It builds on the success of our 2021 Orchards for Wales Project, which was supported directly by Welsh Government to plant over 4000 fruit trees and bushes on 53 new Community Orchard sites across Wales. In Productive Community Orchards, Social Farms & Gardens will:
Establish a network of ‘Productive Community Orchards’
Seek expressions of interest from suitable sites and organisations to support through provision of edible fruit and nut trees for orchard creation and fruit storage, processing & production equipment. You can apply for support with trees or for processing and storage equipment, or both.
Support around 10 new Community Orchard sites to plant around a hundred new edible fruit and nut trees each
Work with established Community Orchard sites looking to move into processing to pilot, monitor and evaluate the economic benefits that community orchards could provide in addition to the well-recognised social and environmental benefits
Provide training and support through peer networking opportunities to help build skills to manage and move into future processing
Look to establish new community orchards where access to quality Green Infrastructure is limited
Select sites to have a good geographical spread across Wales with a priority to support urban and peri urban (on the edge of settlements) areas
In late 2021, we asked organisations to tell us about their vision for their Productive Community Orchard, and following a competitive application process, we’re delighted to announce that the five organisations that were successful in being selected to develop a Productive Community Orchard were:
We look forward to working with these groups and will post regular updates and progress here, and on our social media channels!
Help us to help you, Orchards 'Health-Check' form
In order to best serve this Network, we need to get a proper picture of the sector.
We'll ask you these questions now, in Spring 2022 - and again at the end of this project in 2023.
The answers we get will assist us in building a picture of the sector, help us in advocating for Community Orchards and in securing further support funding to pass on to you. For instance, we'll be able to see where Community Orchards might be geographically clustered, which public bodies the sector finds helpful, what kind of skills are present in the Network and what support YOU would find most helpful.
Productive Community Orchards Network Gathering
Tuesday 15 March 2022
In this initial meeting we outlined the Productive Community Orchards strand of Resilient Green Spaces, and offered an introduction to the Productive Community Orchard Network and outlined the support that is to be offered
If you missed out, catch up with the recording below!
Expression of Interest
The 2022 round will open again soon – keep your eyes peeled here and on social media for announcements.