Devon has lost most of its traditional
orchards of large ‘standard’ trees - valuable because of their
beauty, history, wildlife and rich variety of local apples.
Since 1991 orchard enthusiasts in the northern half of
Devon, Save Our Orchards which became Orchards Live in 2002,
have been reversing this decline with real achievements:
*Running over 100 training events on all aspects of orchard
restoration, establishment, management and production.
*Establishing Annual Apple Day at Rosemoor (with RHS) and
Apple Fair at South Molton.
*Organising informal walks, social events and networking
*Locating old fruit varieties for propagation as well as
listing and photographing them.
*Working with people of Landkey to establish first new mazzard
green for a century.
*Establishing a Demonstration Orchard with a local landowner.
*Acquiring cider and juice making kit and other equipment for
members to use.Orchards Live is part of the charitable
activities of the Dartington North Devon Charitable Trust (No
1142258). Its voluntary committee meets bi-monthly. Our
250 members pay a modest annual subscription.
Orchards Live's current activities
*Courses, talks and visits so that in a two year cycle all
aspects of ‘standard’ orchard management are covered.
* Attendance at promotional events.
*Development of our website www.devon-apples.co.uk as the
county-wide source of technical information and Devon’s Pomona
listing all locally-grown apple varieties.
*Strengthening links with Exmoor National Park and its
*Acquisition of equipment for members to use.
*In different ways ensuring that orchard products find markets
and are used well.
*Working with other bodies in the region to encourage
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Courses updated December 2012
Dartington North Devon Trust