Schools on board for urban fruit-growing project

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Schools are being brought into a nationwide initiative to build and re-fruit urban communities across the UK.

By creating or restoring orchards, an urban non-profit organisation is strengthening local food systems and building community, while re-energizing the farming skills of its participants, reports Shareable.net.

With the mission to bring thriving orchards into the heart of urban communities, The Orchard Project has been restoring orchards in U.K. cities and towns for the past 10 years. In the process, it has revived orchard management skills like grafting, pruning, and planting, writes Shareable’s Mirella Ferraz.

Lesson plans for schools

In 2019 the project planted or rejuvenated more than 2,000 trees in 70 community orchards. The organization relies on thousands of volunteers, a team of leaders (trained by the project), community group partners, funders, and other supporters.

The Orchard Project has a vast collection of free online resources, including lesson plans for those involved in schools and tips on how to prune old fruit trees.

Click here for more information about how The Orchard Project is working with schools.

Author: Simon Weedy

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