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Orchards for Schools free tree packs2023-03-06T17:52:16+00:00

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Thank you for being a force for nature!

Applications are now closed for Orchards for Schools for this planting season.

But you can still get involved and be a force for nature by joining our free Young Tree Champions programme by creating a club account![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1678125119319{margin-bottom: 0px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

Orchard Learning Resources

To help you engage your pupils in caring for your orchard trees and fruiting hedgerows, find some tree care resources below.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”TREE GROWTH MONITORING” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#0e9546″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#000000″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” shape=”square” size=”sm” align=”left” i_align=”right” i_icon_fontawesome=”fas fa-angle-double-right” add_icon=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Ftreecouncil.org.uk%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2023%2F03%2FTree-Growth-Monitoring-1.pdf|title:LEARN%20MORE|target:_blank” css=”.vc_custom_1678124801487{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 30px !important;}”][vc_btn title=”TREE HEALTH SURVEY” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#0e9546″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#000000″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” shape=”square” size=”sm” align=”left” i_align=”right” i_icon_fontawesome=”fas fa-angle-double-right” add_icon=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Ftreecouncil.org.uk%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2023%2F03%2FTree-Health-Survey-1.pdf|title:LEARN%20MORE|target:_blank” css=”.vc_custom_1678124815897{padding-right: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row_content” equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”middle” bg_type=”image” parallax_style=”vcpb-default” bg_image_new=”id^1767|url^https://treecouncil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/BG_Tree.png|caption^null|alt^null|title^BG_Tree|description^null” seperator_enable=”seperator_enable_value” seperator_type=”curve_up_seperator” seperator_position=”top_bottom_seperator” seperator_svg_height=”31″ icon_type=”custom” css=”.vc_custom_1666910774951{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;border-top-width: 0px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/6″ el_class=”green” css=”.vc_custom_1600236970935{padding-top: 40px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1672939990078{margin-top: 30px !important;margin-bottom: 15px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}” el_class=”green”]

Plan your orchard and hedgerow

To help you plan for and plant your new school orchard or fruiting hedgerow:
Read our detailed Orchards for schools guide.
Watch our ‘Let’s get Planning and Planting webinar.
Take a look at our frequently asked questions below.
Join Young Tree Champions to become part of our community and receive lots more training, support and opportunities.
Read our Orchards for Schools tree care pledge – our shared commitment to plan, grow and care for the trees we plant together.

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Watch our ‘Let’s get Planning and Planting’ webinar!

Watch our webinar to learn how to plan and plant your trees and hedgerows so they establish and thrive in coming years.

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Find your incredible school

Thank you to over 2000 amazing schools that have decided to be a #ForceForNature over the last two planting seasons, planting an incredible 80,000 fruit trees and fruiting hedgerow whips. Schools from the Isles of Scilly to Fort William in Scotland are taking action, you are all fantastic. See if you can find your school on our interactive map.

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The Orchards for Schools Tree Care Pledge

With a little maintenance and planning, trees give back so much more than we put into them. But they do need to be cared for, especially in the tender early years of their growth. If you apply for an Orchards for Schools tree pack, you are also signing up to our Orchards for Schools Tree Care Pledge to Plan, Grow and Care for your trees.

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Plan

Using our resources and guidance, you can create a comprehensive tree planting project that ensures your orchard gets planted in a suitable location so it can thrive.

Consider finding a location which is close to a water supply as the trees will need watering regularly to help them establish, including in spring & summer.And don’t forget, you’ll need permission from the land owner.

You will plan how to best engage your pupils & the wider school with your new orchard so they can grow a strong connection with their trees and learn to respect and value their role in tackling the climate and biodiversity crises.

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Grow

Trees must be planted where they will have light and space to thrive over the next 25 years. You will carefully position a cane and tie to support their early growth and keep the space around the base of the tree clear of vegetation with a 10cm layer of mulch which helps and provides nutrients.

Try to plant in your trees in December so they have more time to establish their roots before dry weather arrives in the spring or summer.

Prepare the ground by digging a hole larger than required (0.5m x 0.5m) and add mycorrhizae and seaweed fertiliser if available.

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Care

You will water your trees regularly (20 litres a week each) including during the school holidays if there are periods of dry weather. Thanks to the resources provided, you will engage your pupils with caring, learning from and celebrating your trees through club and lesson activities. You will observe the young trees, checking for disease and pests to ensure they remain healthy.

Don’t forget to share your experience on social media using  #ForceforNature or email schools@treecouncil.org.uk

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Want to know more?

Learn more about the Tree Council’s Orchard for Schools programme.

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Inspiring learning outdoors! 

Christchurch Primary, London  

Thanks to The Orchard Project, the school community became orchard experts, successfully planting, pruning and harvesting from their thriving orchard and sharing their skills and expertise with other schools.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”VIEW CASE STUDY” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#0e9546″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#000000″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” shape=”square” size=”sm” align=”left” i_align=”right” i_icon_fontawesome=”fas fa-angle-double-right” add_icon=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Ftreecouncil.org.uk%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2021%2F06%2FChristchurch.pdf|title:LEARN%20MORE|target:_blank” css=”.vc_custom_1623401763469{padding-right: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1666908087042{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-right: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;background-color: #eaeaea !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”4861″ img_size=”large” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”/willow-dene-case-study/”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1617881659862{margin-bottom: 20px !important;padding-right: 30px !important;padding-left: 30px !important;}”]

A great place to play, learn and relax!

Dunipace, Scotland

Thanks to Learning through Landscapes, the students and community from Dunipace Primary have learnt about and grown their very own orchard full of local Scottish varieties of apples, plums and pears. [/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”VIEW CASE STUDY” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#0e9546″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#000000″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” shape=”square” size=”sm” align=”left” i_align=”right” i_icon_fontawesome=”fas fa-angle-double-right” add_icon=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Ftreecouncil.org.uk%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2021%2F06%2FDunipace.pdf|title:LEARN%20MORE|target:_blank” css=”.vc_custom_1623401781854{padding-right: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1666908104413{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-right: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-right: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;padding-left: 0px !important;background-color: #eaeaea !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”4860″ img_size=”large” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” link=”/crampton-case-study/”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1617882190781{margin-bottom: 20px !important;padding-right: 30px !important;padding-left: 30px !important;}”]

No soil? No problem!

Normand Croft Community School, Kensington, London

Thanks to The Orchard Project, this school transformed their barren, unused space into a thriving, living learning area! “From the planning and fruit-tasting of the consultation to the planting and caring of the trees – this has been the most wonderful learning journey!” Annie Walker, Outdoor Learning Project Leader.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”VIEW CASE STUDY” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#0e9546″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#000000″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” shape=”square” size=”sm” align=”left” i_align=”right” i_icon_fontawesome=”fas fa-angle-double-right” add_icon=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Ftreecouncil.org.uk%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2021%2F06%2FNormand-Croft-Community-School.pdf|title:Find%20out%20more%20and%20apply|target:_blank” css=”.vc_custom_1623401797384{padding-right: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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