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.
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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