How to plant your own community orchard

Brighton Permaculture Trust can help you

Sussex is at the forefront of planting orchards for the future. This is due in part to the work of Brighton Permaculture Trust and our partners (Action in rural Sussex, Brighton and Hove Food Partnership and Stanmer Orchard Group). We have ten years’ experience of helping people to plant and maintain orchards.

How would you like to pick apples near your home, ripe from the tree when they are freshest and tastiest…? 

Not so long ago, orchards of many kinds of fruit trees a common sight in the fields and gardens of England. Many have been lost, but now people are once again planting their own orchards. They are appearing around housing, in parks, school grounds, fields on the edge of towns and on village greens.

Why Plant an orchard?

. A source of food which can last for decades
. A place to beauty to enjoy
. A home for all kinds of wildlife
. An opportunity to grow unusual apple varieties with wonderful flavours
. A place to grow other lovely fruits such as pears, plums, quinces, mulberries
. A place to grow nutritious nuts such as walnuts and cobnuts
. Orchards build up soil and lock up carbon

What we offer?

. Site assessments and orchards design
. Trees and planting materials
. Guided planting days (all ages, all abilities catered for)
. Aftercare follow up visits
. Workshops to introduce the theme of orchards to children or adults
. Fruit cookery sessions
. Apple juice pressing on a traditional press – a group activity for all ages
. A one-day training in looking after young fruit trees
. Training in other orchard skills: pruning, grafting, scything, creating a forest garden
. Advice on restoring older and neglected orchards

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How much is an orchard? 

Our charges to assist you vary according to how many elements you would like to take up. Please see our website for more information. We also have limited funding we can contribute in specific circumstances. Please do get in touch to find our more.

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Why support Us

Can you help support this important work? A donation of £20 buys a tree to plant for future generations.

Help make it happen!