• 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.

Have Your Say - Orchard Link 2016 Survey

We have changed our website and our equipment hire process for the season now ending.  If you are a member, whether you have hired equipment or not, or simply if you are a visitor and have used the website, we would like to hear your views.  You can give us feedback via our short online survey.  The survey is split into two parts simply to keep it free for us and our members!  Part 1 of the survey is here and Part 2 can be found either through a link at the end of Part 1 or directly from HERE.  We will keep the survey active until New Year's Day.

Latest Orchard Link News

Latest Apple Press Out Now

Juicy news from Growing Orchard Communities! More info


Celebrating Heritage

04-02-2017

Spring Network Event. More info


Formative Pruning of Young Orchard Trees

12-03-2017

: 10.00am - 3pm

Sunday 12th March 10.00 am - 3.00 pm To book click more info and fill in the form. More info


Pruning Established Apple Trees for Regular Cropping

11-02-2017

: 10am - 3pm

Saturday 11th Febuary 10.00am - 3.00pm. To book click more info, fill in the form and click submit. 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