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Fruit of the Vale – Orchard Survey Project

  • Orchards in South Gloucestershire
    Apple Orchard - Photo credit: Natural England

Although they are man-made, orchards are a hugely important habitat for a range of plant and animal species. They are also a part of our cultural heritage. Sadly, we have lost over 75% of Gloucestershire orchards in the last 50 years. The remaining orchards are mainly small collections of trees alongside farmhouses and smallholdings.

Our Fruit of the Vale project will train and support volunteers to survey orchards in the project area. Using the survey format created by The People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), they will record key species and assess the condition of remaining traditional orchards in our project area. These survey results will be shared with PTES and the Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre (BRERC) and will help to inform orchard restoration and conservation. Our volunteers will help us plan where we can usefully restore up to 5 orchards in the area. We’ll also be offering training in orchard maintenance!

To get involved in the Fruits of the Vale project, please contact us.

On the map below you can track the progress of our volunteer surveyors.

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