The idea for Open Orchard came from the Bzz Garage garden project in West Norwood, London back in 2014. The Bzz Garage was working on transforming a neglected space through bringing the community together and they asked for donations of plants for their first planting day at the Bzz Garage. Someone donated a dwarf morello cherry tree in a pot and the idea was raised- ‘why not plant more fruit trees here?'. The idea grew roots and people got involved; and one Morello cherry tree became 60 trees in 10 orchards in the first year – now rising to 260 trees in 24 orchards.
How to get involved
You will need approximately 5 hours per week to start an Open Orchard group and then the time required will vary throughout the year: approx 7 hours per week around planting and harvesting and less then 1 hour at other times of the year.
This 5 step guide will show you how to start an Open Orchard group in your community, to help connect communities through planting fruit trees in public places. We hope to spread the Open Orchard idea and we'll provide plenty of support to you along the way!