Breakfast in the orchard

Kent Orchards for Everyone

We are now pleased to announce that we have received £220,000 Heritage Lottery Funding to roll out this pilot project across 15 community orchards of traditional character in the Mid Kent Downs and west of Maidstone.  This project will support communities in celebrating and conserving, their very own traditional community orchard.  Do you live in Morella Walk, Lenham or Iwade, Gillingham, High Halstow or Lynsted?  Or did you know you had a community orchard in Sheldwich, Weavering, Hucking, Plaxtol, Yalding, Stockbury, New Ash Green, West Malling and Milstead?  Why is your community orchard so important?  Hunton will have a new community orchard so watch the space close to the village hall.

 ‘Kent Orchards for Everyone Project’ is a new project that has started and will help you to enjoy your community orchard and discover what is hiding amongst those sorrowful trees following the wettest winter for years.  This is a fantastic opportunity to involve orchard communities and stimulate those nostalgic memories of years gone by.  It is going to create a footplate for villagers to celebrate their heritage, to volunteer and collaborate in surveys and educational events in their traditional orchards.

There will be opportunities for volunteers to discover their village’s orchard heritage and learn new orchard management skills whilst establishing good management practices within our community orchards.  It will encompass workshops, an educational programme and digitise information about each orchard through a single web portal allowing on-line public access to the all that is traditional orchards. To celebrate this heritage, fruitful events are planned with pressings and tastings.   The project will culminate with the inauguration of a Kent Orchard Trust.

With memory gathering events already started watch out for event notices in your village or town, through posters and village news, all are welcome to participate in the proposed activities.  To have a peek at the activities access the Kent_Orchards_for_Everyone_Timetable for the upcoming activities and opportunities that the project will offer.



Further Information

For further information about managing an Orchard you can download the Orchards+chapter  from the Land Managers Pack which gives guidance on managing your land.