Kent's Orchards for Everyone

Volunteers plant trees in an orchard

Making a difference

How the project achieved HLF’s outcomes for heritage

  • Thirteen priority historic orchard sites have been conserved through restorative pruning, new tree planting to fill gaps and grassland management. All will be used as future demonstration sites with plans and community-based resources in place to sustain the orchards in future.
  • The unique wildlife of Kent’s orchards is now better understood as a result of volunteers surveying, recording and monitoring the biodiversity accurately at each site.

How the project achieved HLF’s outcomes for people

  • Primary schools in 15 communities are learning about orchards through new curriculum-based resources.
  • Up to 460 people will have gained skills, including 50 volunteers trained as orchard wardens.

How the project achieved HLF’s outcomes for communities

  • Fifteen communities are celebrating the heritage and traditions associated with Kent’s orchards through festivals, recipe-swapping sessions and other art-based events.
  • Community volunteer orchard warden groups have gained confidence through being part of a wider supported network.
  • Older residents are pleased to be able to pass on their memories and orchard knowledge to a new generation of custodians.
  • Future community-based management of traditional orchards in the county will be better supported through the creation of an online web hub.

Lessons learnt

Dedicated orchard wardens are necessary to help develop and support volunteer community orchard groups, to coordinate training and restoration activities and to establish the necessary practices to ensure long-term sustainability and expansion of the project.

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