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Community Orchards Handbook

By: Sue Clifford and Angela King

232 pages, Photographs and illustrations in full colour

Green Books

Paperback | Feb 2011 | Edition: 2 | #188658 | ISBN-13: 9781900322928
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About this book

Since the 1950s we have lost 60% of our orchards through development or neglect, and even though there are 3000 varieties of apple in England, we import 70% of those sold in shops. Despite this loss there is a growing interest in establishing community orchards - local projects run by local people, providing locally grown fruits and nuts. The Community Orchards Handbook shows groups and individuals how to start their own Community Orchard, from getting support, tackling legal issues and access to organising working parties and selling produce.

It gives suggestions on 'apple mapping' and saving local varieties and of course it gives practical advice on planting, harvesting and safeguarding your orchard. There is a comprehensive resources section and examples of successful community orchard projects across the UK. * Provides a step-by-step guide to setting up your own community orchard * An essential guide for communities and schools

Reviews of the first edition: "Packed with ideas and practical advice." - Elspeth Thompson, Sunday Telegraph "Has a very useful section on how to start an orchard, which includes management and legal issues ... Highly recommended." Growing Places, Federation of City Farms


* How to start * Finding out more * Planting a Community Orchard * Adopting an old orchard * Conserving and attracting wildlife * What to do with the harvest * Celebration * Choosing the right legal structure * A model constitution * Orchard groups * National contacts * Nurseries and equipment * Fruit identification * Funding ideas and sources

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Sue Clifford and Angela King are the founder-directors of Common Ground, a pioneering environmental charity playing a unique role in the arts and environmental fields. Their inspiring projects include Apple Day, Parish Maps and the Campaign for Local Distinctiveness. For more information see

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