East of England Apples and Orchards Project

East of England Apples and Orchards Project

At a glance

Causes

  • Environment
  • Local / community
  • Museums / heritage

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
Regional

Objectives

The East of England Apples and Orchards Project works to secure a long-term future for the heritage orchard fruit varieties and their orchard habitat. Working across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, it supports the planting of new orchards and the restoration of existing ones, with advice, training in orchard skills and the supply of all the local apple, pear, plum and cherry trees.  Local fruit varieties are special for their associations with people and places, as a food crop, and for their genetic diversity. Orchards are good for wildlife and biodiversity and enhance the local landscape. They, and their crops, are equally good for people, offering a safe space that supports physical health and mental well-being.

Activities

EEAOP is managed by a Board of Trustees from across the region and celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. In that time it has enabled the planting of over 40,000 local variety fruit trees, with around half of those trees going to schools, community orchards and other public sites. Our research has enabled the re-discovered or re-introduced over 30 local variety fruits.  We have trained hundreds of people in orchard skills and established the East of England Fruit Collection.

Current opportunities

Previous placements

  • Trustee with business experience to join the Board of our orchard conservation charity