• 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

Harvest time for Growing Orchard Communities

A news update on the fruitful first year of our "Growing Orchard Communities" project! More info


Latest "Apple Press" newsletter out now

Juicy news from our Growing Orchard Communities project! More info


Bench grafting of fruit trees

Saturday 25th March 2017

: 10.00am - 3.30pm

Course led by Tom Nancarrow. The course will give participants practical knowledge of bench grafting.   More info


Formative pruning of young orchard trees

12-03-2017

: 10.00am - 3pm

Sunday 12th March 10.00am - 3.00pm. A day-long practical course led by orchard expert Charles Staniland. 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

Have you lots of apples to spare? Or do you need lots of apples for juicing...

The Growing Orchard Communities project

Over 20 community orchard groups are taking part in the project. They are spread from the edge of Plymouth right over through Torbay and from the coast up to the edge of Dartmoor.

We are very pleased to be working on a new community orchards project and have been successful in securing Heritage Lottery, public and private sector funding. The project will run from November 2015 until June 2017 and there are many exciting activities, training, networking and skill sharing opportunities planned.

Over 20 community orchard groups are taking part in the project. They are spread from the edge of Plymouth right over through Torbay and from the coast up to the edge of Dartmoor. There is a great range of sites and groups, which means that there will be plenty of expertise and shared experience to draw upon and learn from.

The project will be managed by a steering group made up of members of the Orchard Link committee, supported by the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team

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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 liking the project facebook page, following our activities on YouTube and Flickr. You can also see back copies of the Apple Press - our GOC newsletter here