The Urban Orchard Project

The Urban Orchard Project

Charity information

The Urban Orchard Project

The Urban Orchard Project is a pioneering charity, dedicated to creating skilled communities to plant, care for and harvest fruit trees, connecting urban communities and increasing access to fruit.

Founded 2009

  • Mission statement

    The Urban Orchard Project is a pioneering charity, dedicated to creating skilled communities to plant, care for and harvest fruit trees, connecting urban communities and increasing access to fruit. The charity started in 2009 and was born out of a realisation that there was a huge appetite for growing fruit in urban areas but no one organisation which was able to provide this. We are the only organisation solely dedicated to the rejuvenation, harvesting and growing of orchards in urban areas in the UK and are recognised as urban orchard experts both in the UK and abroad.
    Our purpose is to create and restore community orchards, helping communities grow food locally, increasing access to fresh fruit, enhancing urban green spaces and creating cities with a high quality of life for inhabitants, and through our project work we bring communities together. We work with people from all walks of life, with a specific focus on people living in deprived areas identified as "food deserts" - areas with limited access to healthy food and with people at the margins of society where we can make the biggest difference.
    We aim to create lush cities swathed in fruit and nut trees and we work in partnership with communities to plant, manage, restore and harvest orchards in urban areas; helping us all to rediscover the pleasure of eating home-grown fruit. This work also has lasting benefits for wildlife and biodiversity and improves local community greenspaces.

  • Aims

    The Urban Orchard Project aims to:

    • (1) to encourage for the benefit of the public the conservation, protection and expansion of orchards and the preservation of their genetic biodiversity, landscape and heritage value;
    • (2) to advance the education of the public in healthy eating;
    • (3) to advance the education of the public in horticulture and in particular but not exclusively orchard management skills.
  • Overview

    Established: August 2009

    Registered Charity Number: 1139952

    Board members: 5

    Full time staff: 2

    Part time staff: 8

    Volunteers: 500

    Phone number: 07977457395

    Address: Hugh Cubitt Centre 48 Collier Street London N1 9QZ

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