The Orchard Champions programme is delivered in partnership with the The Three Counties Orchard Project.
Orchard Champions are volunteers who raise awareness about traditional orchards in their local community .They also offer support to people who own or manage traditional orchards who may be having difficulties or need encouragement to restore them.
Traditional orchards are becoming increasingly rare but despite the losses the Three Counties (Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire) combined still have more orchards than the rest of the UK. To keep them, however, we need people to get involved with looking after them and that’s where Orchard Champions take centre stage.
The Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project have teamed up with Garden Organic to offer a course to people interested in becoming Orchard Champions. The course involves 5 training days and a commitment to 30 hours volunteer time across a 12 month period.
There are currently 17 Orchard Champions across Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire who attend a variety of events to promote the benefits of traditional orchards to the general public. They also give talks, go into schools, advise orchard owners, maintain community orchards and write their own blogs and websites.
- Become an Orchard Champion – There are ongoing opportunities to join the programme as a volunteer, please contact The Three Counties Orchard Project for more information
- Request the help of an Orchard Champion– do you need advice, want a talk about traditional orchards or have an event Orchard Champions could attend? Please contact us and let us know.
- Visit the Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project website
- Contact the Sustainable Waste Team at Garden Organic. Tel. 024 7630 3517 or email firstname.lastname@example.org