The Growing Orchard Communities project excelled in supporting local people to manage healthy orchards for the whole community to enjoy. It was run by South Devon AONB in partnership with Orchard Link, a local volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisation. The funding mix of the £86,800 project included theHeritage Lottery Fund, public and private sector grants, local authority locality budgets and S106 funds linked to developemnt consents.
Growing Orchard Communitieswas a 2-year project linking 23 Community Orchard groups to the wider Orchard Link network and developed new ways of working which benefit the natural, physical and cultural heritage of the sites and the wellbeing of the communities.
The groups were supported through training, advice, networking and skill sharing to help them and their orchards become resilient and long lasting assets to their local area.
The project’s approach and outcomes have contributed to at least four of the six key areas of the 25 Year Environment Plan, including use fo land, recovering nature, connecting people with the environment and increasing resource efficiency.
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