Orchards East is an exciting environmental and cultural project covering six counties in the east of England – Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery fund and based in the School of History at the University of East Anglia (UEA), it is devoted to discovering and understanding the past, present and future of orchards in eastern England, and will last for three years.
The project extends initiatives already developed by Suffolk Traditional Orchards Group (STOG) and other partners, including the East of England Apples and Orchards Project (EEAOP).
A collaborative project working with existing county orchard groups, other interested organisations and orchard owners, Orchards East hopes to stimulate interest and engage a wide range of new volunteers in all things orchard!
What we hope to do
- Survey and record the history of orchards across the region;
- Identify surviving sites and record new orchards;
- Research the history of fruit growing in the region;
- Undertake surveys of the biodiversity and wildlife of orchards;
- Help restore important old orchards and create new community orchards;
- Simply celebrate and enjoy orchards, past, present and future!
Anyone with an interest in fruit, orchards and the historic landscape is welcome to join us! For further information, please contact Gen Broad on firstname.lastname@example.org