Appeal from Rachel Savage,Project Manager, Orchards East,School of History, University of East Anglia.
Orchards East is an exciting new 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), the project is devoted to the past, present and future of orchards in our region and will last for three years. It is a collaborative project which extends initiatives already developed by partner organisations, including the East of England Apples and Orchards Project and Suffolk Traditional Orchards Group. Orchards East hopes to stimulate interest and engage a wide range of new volunteers in all things orchard!
One of our main activities will be to recruit volunteers to get involved in orchard surveys in their local parish, when Suffolk Traditional Orchard Group undertook a similar piece of work a couple of year’s ago they found that Parish Councils and Tree Wardens were keen to get involved.
We are holding our Essex launch of the project at Marks Tey Village Hall and Crapes Fruit Farm, on 25th March.