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The Community Orchard Awards

Share your orchard story and you could receive £1000 for your orchard.

By sharing your orcharding stories not only might you inspire others to get involved, you could win an award of £1,000 to spend on making your orchard even more magical.

In the winter of 2014 HEINEKEN and The Orchard Project launched Helping Britain Blossom and set off on an ambitious journey to support 100 communities in 6 areas across the UK, to create and restore community orchards in parks, community centres, housing estates, allotments and school grounds. Due to the enthusiasm that we received, we have now supported 150 communities and planted/ restored over 2,500 fruit trees!

We have been so humbled by the hard work and enthusiasm, creativity and determination of you and your fellow orchardists from around the UK, that we wanted to create an opportunity for you to connect and share your achievements with others, whilst also being considered for one of the Community Orchard Awards.

The success of Helping Britain Blossom is down to the people who have volunteered their time, people like you. Did you know over 1,300 people from around the country have volunteered their time from Glasgow to Greater Manchester, from Leeds to London, from Herefordshire to Birmingham?

 

What do you need to do?

Just tell us your orchard story! Simply submit up to 4 photographs of your orchard that capture your story, along with a short paragraph of around 200 words that brings the photographs to life. One application per orchard please.

Then decide on the story you’ll share from the 3 categories listed. You can enter just one category or all three:

a. The Community in the Orchard

We want to see photos and hear stories that tell us what positive difference your orchard has made to the community, an individual or group.  For example, share photos and details of an event you have held, a training day or people simply engaging and taking in the beauty of the orchard.

b. Nature in the Orchard

We want to hear how nature has been enhanced by your orchard and what you have done to promote more wildlife to your orchard. For example, share photos of local wildlife enjoying the orchards, from birds to butterflies, to bugs and little beasties and details on how you’re encouraging and nurturing this.

c. Bright ideas

Show and tell us the projects or initiatives you’ve come up with for your orchard. Do you have plans for using the harvest? Are community groups or local businesses using the space? Have you introduced under-planting with soft fruit bushes or created a seating area, perhaps you have created signage for the orchard – tell us about them!

 

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