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Herefordshire welcomes Helping Britain Blossom

At the end of last week, Thursday 26th February, we launched Helping Britain Blossom in our third location, Herefordshire. Celebrating the arrival of the project set to restore and create up to 14 accessible orchards in the region, Hereford’s iconic Butter Market, Cathedral and Medieval Bridge, were visited by our walking orchard of tree people.

Herefordshire has a deep rooted heritage in orchards with over 10,000 acres in the county, but these are not usually accessible to the public. Helping Britain Blossom, is set to change that by bringing the magic of orchards to community groups.

Utilising extensive orcharding skills and expertise from project partners HEINEKEN, The Orchard Project and The Bulmer Foundation, Helping Britain Blossom will enable local people to enjoy the wide range of social, environmental and educational benefits of community orchards. Check out our Why Orchards? page to find out more about these extensive benefits.

Pete Norton, Helping Britain Blossom Project Manager for Hereford and a Bulmer Foundation associate said:

“We’re delighted to be a partner in this nationally significant project and that Herefordshire is one of the pilot areas to introduce it. We can use our experience of community engagement and build on our previous innovative work with orchards to support local people who wish to develop orchards as a community resource.”

The sites in Herefordshire where community orchards will be restored and created will be developed in consultation with local communities over the coming year. Anyone interested in volunteering and developing a community orchard in their area can contact Helping Britain Blossom Regional Manager Pete Norton on 07974 447905 / peter.norton@bulmerfoundation.org.uk

 

 

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Why Orchards Orchards have played an important role in our communities for hundreds of years, providing a communal space for gatherings and celebrations. Find an Orchard Our ambition by 2017 is to help 100 communities to plant, care for and restore their own orchards. And to get things going, we're focusing on cities and towns in seven parts of the UK