The work of the York Orchard started with a simple idea: urban orchards in our city are few and far between, and often there isn't the land in the city to create large-scale orchards. So why not create a virtual orchard, with the trees dispersed across the City, overseen, nurtured and loved by the local community? This simple concept has led to over 300 trees being planted, and communities being skilled up to graft new trees and maintain and prune both new and older trees.
Organisations which host the York Orchard fruit trees include: Greenfields community garden, Route 66 community garden, RSPCA York, Fossway residents association, Bishopthorpe parish council, Holgate community garden, and many more. We've planted various varieties of apple, pear and plum.
Each year we run free grafting workshops across the city: DIY fruit trees! This year, we're working with Poppleton Road Primary, Fulford Secondary and Holgate Community Garden, amongst others, to increase the number of productive fruit trees in our city. Anyone (14years and over) can sign up for our worshops though we do warn everyone that the grafting knives are incredibly sharp!
Edible York is also a vocal supporter of the orchards that do exist in our city, from Fulford Community Orchard, to Scarcroft Green Community Orchard.
We are looking to expand the York Orchard in 2016/17. To get involved (you could help find funding, help to plant them, nominate a new site, teach people about pruning, help to maintain trees or even help with promotion), please do contact us.