About us


Welcome to Orchards East

Orchards East was a Heritage Fund supported environmental and cultural project covering six counties in the East of England - Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Based at the School of History at University of East Anglia, the project ran from 2017 to 2020. As part of the project's legacy, from 2021, Orchards East Forum will continue, run by a dedicated a volunteer team.

With Heritage Fund support, Orchards East surveyed more than 10,000 historic orchard sites across East Anglia, investigated the history of orchards and fruit in the region, recorded peoples' orchard stories and memories, and studied the importance of orchards for biodiversity and wildlife. We planted 60 new community orchards, delivered 45 orchard management, pruning and grafting workshops, plus 10 traditional fruit cookery workshops. We gave talks for 40 community groups, advised more than 100 orchard owners, and identified fruit varieties from many many more! More than 1000 wonderful invaluable volunteers were involved in many ways throughout the project.

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The volunteer team of Orchards East Forum will take over moving forwards! If you want to be kept informed about our activities, please contact info@orchardseast.org.uk or t.williamson@uea.ac.uk.

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