Working alongside our partners, the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we are delighted to be able to report the launch of the Traditional Orchards for the Future Initiative (TOFI). Pictured above are David Armitage from Malvern Hills AONB and Wendy Thompson our Secretary at the scheme launch.
We have written to landowners in Colwall who we think own a local traditional orchard (defined as 'groups of at least five fruit and nut trees planted on vigorous rootstocks at low densities in permanent grassland and managed in a low intensity way').
Recognising the value that traditional orchards bring to both people and nature the initiative provides the opportunity for landowners to acquire new trees and tree protection, obtain free advice and free help to plant trees. In return landowners will be responsible for providing a suitable planting location, selecting the fruit trees and taking care of them after planting.
The aim is to provide new trees to extend or to gap up existing traditional orchards in order that they continue to exist and thrive.
Initial expressions of interest had to be received by 31st July 2020 and it's envisaged that the trees will be planted this winter with completion due early in 2021.
For more information please email us at email@example.com or phone Wendy on 07544 530017.