• Saving traditional orchards
    Orchard Link
    Orchard Link
    Saving traditional orchards
  • Conserving local varieties
    Orchard Link
    Orchard Link
    Conserving local varieties
  • Apple pressing equipment
    Orchard Link
    Orchard Link
    Apple pressing equipment
  • Orchard skills training
    Orchard Link
    Orchard Link
    Orchard skills training
  • Advice, information and events
    Orchard Link
    Orchard Link
    Advice, information and events

Orchard Link

Saving Traditional Orchards since 1998

Orchard Link is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisation established in 1998 by apple and cider enthusiasts in south Devon concerned about the rapid decline of traditional orchards – with all their environmental and cultural value.

Profound changes in the local agricultural economy have meant the loss of both orchard knowledge and the means to make productive use of crops. Orchard Link offers its members technical advice, a programme of events, courses and activities, and makes key items of equipment – mills, presses and pasteurisers – available for hire.

 

Latest Orchard Link News

Pruning the neglected Orchard

3rd March 2018

: 10.00am - 3.30 pm

This course will be led by Charles Staniland & held in an old orchard. More info


Pruning an Established Apple Orchard

25 Febuary 2018

: 10.00am - 3.30 pm

This course will be led by Charles Stanniland.   More info


Formative Pruning of Young Apple Trees

10 Febuary 2018

: 10.00am - 3.30 pm

This course will be led by Charles Staniland.   More info


Upcoming Events Next Year

Orchard Link will be offering a series courses next year. Click here to see details of the proposed courses.   More info


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Join Orchard Link

Join Orchard Link and make the most of your orchard and share the benefits....

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Hire equipment

Juice It ! - Orchard Link has equipment that members can hire for apple...

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Harvestline

Now that the season has ended no more posts to the page will be accepted....

The Growing Orchard Communities project

Community orchards are an important asset to any parish or village. They are a place to meet people, get involved in practical tasks or community events and enjoy the fruits of your labour!

The Growing Orchard Communities project linked community orchard groups to a wider support network - Orchard Link. Orchard Link was established in 1998 by a group of orchard campaigners and enthusiasts in response to the declining condition and number of traditional orchards, the loss of apple varieties, the wastage of apple crops from small traditional orchards and the needs of orchard owners for help and support. It was delivered by the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team, in partnership with Orchard Link. In total £86,800 of funding was secured, including a grant of £40,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Other funding was secured through the Langage Landscape Fund, South Devon AONB Sustainable Development Fund, Orchard Link funds, Devon County Council locality grants and private sector funding. You can find out more about the project  here

If you help manage a community orchard and would like to add your details to our map, please get in touch via our contact page

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Getting Involved

If you are a member of a community orchard or help to look after an orchard site in your parish, and would like to find out more about how you could get involved, please contact us community@orchardlink.org.uk

You can also keep up to date with us by following our activities on YouTube and Flickr. You can also see back copies of the Apple Press - our GOC newsletter here