How people got involved
We will be monitoring how people are getting involved in our project as we go through, this will all be evaluated and then a full report written and submitted to Heritage Lottery Fund. This will be available on this website on completion, during the Autumn of 2017.
But here are a few examples of how we are getting on so far!
(figures correct as of July 2016)
- We have 22 community orchard groups signed up to the scheme, with more people signing up and enquiring as we go along. The coverage spreads from the edge of Plymouth right along to Torbay and from the coast right up to the edge of Dartmoor.
- 268 volunteers have taken part in free training and events which is helping them find out more about looking after their community orchards.
- We have delivered 2 digital workshops helping volunteers delve into the worlds of social media, online photo sharing and blogging. This will help us share the good news about what we have all been doing.
- We have run 4 site development workshops which will give volunteers the skills they need to manage their community orchards. This has included grafting, winter pruning, encouraging wildlife and grassland management.
- There have been 2 community network events which have been a chance for volunteers to meet and share ideas, skills and enthusiasm with others from different community orchards groups. These have been themes around Celebrating our Orchards – aimed at ways to get local communities involved and Celebrating Biodiversity in our Orchards – aimed at ways to improve the sites for a variety of wildlife.
- We have a regular project e-newsletter – The Apple Press, which goes out to over 90 subscribers (you can sign up for your free copy here)
- We are developing a resource library and online toolkit with lots of great information and tools to help people look after their community orchards – this will continue to grow but you can see what we have so far here - link to toolkit
- We have trained five of our Orchard Link committee members to carry out site appraisals for the community orchard groups. They visited 24 separate orchards and produced reports which will help the group to write Action Plan. These will inform management of their sites and give them a plan for works and maintenance needed over the next 5 years.