Orchard Origins is entering an exciting new phase as it becomes a Community Interest Company. We currently help maintain eleven acres of orchard owned and managed by the Herefordshire Nature Trust, as well as over twenty or so private orchards. Each week we are contacted by landowners who are keen to work with us. As we grow and take on further orchards, we are on the lookout for more volunteers. If you enjoy being outside and learning new skills or are just keen to understand more about Herefordshire’s orchard heritage why not come and join us? It’s a friendly and fun atmosphere with plenty of tea and coffee breaks.
Herefordshire is fortunate to have more traditional orchards than any other county, even so they are constantly under threat from housing development, more intensive farming methods and neglect. As the orchards disappear, so does the expertise needed to maintain them. Volunteering with Orchard Origins is a great opportunity to learn about all aspects of traditional orchard restoration and wildlife-friendly management which will help keep those skills alive.
All equipment used in the orchards is provided, including gardening gloves. As you will be working outside you should wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather conditions.
If you’d be interested in volunteering with us, or you’d just like to find out more about Orchard Origins, please contact us. We are interested in hearing from individuals and organisations.