Useful links to further advice and information

National orchard groups and projects

The Archive of Cider Pomology based at the Cider Museum in Hereford

Orchard Network is the website of the national traditional orchards partnership

People’s Trust for Endangered Species co-ordinate the updating of the national traditional orchard inventory and are the lead body for the conservation of the noble chafer beetle

Common Ground champion the celebration of local distinctiveness within the English landscape and orchards are an important part of that

Technical advice and guidance

Natural England have published a series of guidance notes on the practicalities of establishing and managing an orchard as well as conserving the wildlife within (search the publications catalogue using orchard as a keyword)

The Malvern Hills AONB have published a guide to managing garden orchards

Local provenance fruit trees (including local Worcestershire varieties)

Walcot Organic Nursery are a specialist fruit tree nursery based near Pershore who now have a specific section in their catalogue for Worcestershire apples

Frank Matthews (Trees for Life) nursery near Tenbury does a good range of fruit trees

Suppliers (of orchard management and fruit processing equipment)

Silky Fox supply a variety of orchard management tools such as pole saws and loppers

Vigo supply equipment such as presses and mills for use in juice and cider/perry making

Training courses

Worcestershire County Council’s countryside team run courses on orchard management

The Orchard Skills Centre (Day’s Cottage) offers courses on topics such as grafting and budding

Pershore College run a number of courses that relate to orchards and their management