Sat 09 Sep 2017 (10am to 3.30pm)

Orchards East is a  three-year project set up to survey and record traditional orchards across the east of England, and research the history of fruit growing in the region. Led by the Landscape Group at the University of East Anglia and supported by a £475,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. it will also involve the restoration of important old orchards, and the creation of entirely new examples.

The Hertfordshire launch event is taking place from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Saturday 9 September starting at Tewin Village Memorial Hall, Tewin, AL6 0JX and moving on to Tewin Orchard, a Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust nature reserve. To book a free place at this event contact: 

A collaborative project working with existing county orchard groups, other interested groups and orchard owners, Orchards East hopes to stimulate interest and engage a wide range of new volunteers in anything orchard.

Among other things the project aims to:

 survey and record the history of traditional orchards across the region;

 identify surviving sites and record new orchards;

 research the history of fruit growing in the region;

 undertake surveys of the wildlife of orchards;

 help to restore important old orchards and create new community orchards;

 celebrate and enjoy orchards, past, present and future.

The launch of Orchards East in Hertfordshire will involve a morning of short presentations to explain more about Orchards East as well as the Hertfordshire Orchard Initiative and how to get involved in the project.

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