Orchard Origins Stockists

 

Barber & Manuel
Victoria Street
Leominster
HR6 8LP

The Fold
Bransford,
Worcester.
WR6 5JB 

Hay Deli
41 Lion Street
Hay-on-Wye
HR6 8LP

Hereford Deli
4 The Mews
St Owen Street
Hereford
HR3 5AA

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Lower House Farm
Ledbury Road
Hereford
HR1 1UT

Hopes of Longtown
The Farmers Barn
Longtown
Hereford
HR2 0LT

Queenswood Gift Shop
Queenswood Country Park
Dinmore Hill
Nr Leominster
HR6 0PY

Pen Y Lan Pantry
72 Kimberley Road
Cardiff
CF23 5DN

Truffles Deli
46 Highstreet
Ross-on-Wye
HR9 5HG

Yarpole Community Shop
St Leonards Church
Yarpole
HR6 0BD

 

Orchard Origins: Our Story

Orchard Origins is a social enterprise that is committed to preserving traditional orchards and their rich biodiversity. With sensitive management, our aim is to help these important wildlife habitats survive and thrive.

Orchard Origins was launched in 2012 with a grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food scheme. This initial funding enabled the project to get up and running with the objective of becoming a social enterprise. This we achieved in 2014.

Orchard Origins is now a Community Interest Company, or CIC, wholly owned by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust. This means we are now able to trade as a business. Eventually we hope to become financially self-sufficient. As a CIC, all our assets and any profits we make have to benefit the social and environmental aims of the company.

Environmental Aims

Traditional orchards are one of our most threatened habitats. Although Herefordshire has more traditional orchards than any other county, like orchards everywhere they are constantly under threat from housing development, more intensive farming methods and neglect.

Traditional orchards are recognized as woodland pasture and are hotspots for biodiversity. They provide an important refuge for a wide range of wildlife including a number of species that are conservation priorities such as the lesser-spotted woodpecker, dormouse, noble chafer beetle and the mistletoe marble moth. In 2007, traditional orchards were designated as a priority habitat in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.

Our aim is to help conserve these vulnerable habitats for the long-term by providing an orchard maintenance service, skills training and education.

Social Aims

Research shows that supporting people to be active outdoors benefits their mental wellbeing.

Orchard Origins works with volunteers from all backgrounds, but it actively encourages and supports people who have mental health issues. Working with Herefordshire Mind, the charity for better mental health, Orchard Origins has been training volunteers in different aspects of orchard management. Each week the team put what they have learnt into practice in the orchards.

"There's no pressure on you when you're there, that helps a lot... the other volunteers help too, over the day you feel better." Herefordshire Mind Volunteer

 

According to the feedback from volunteers, a day working in the orchard has a positive affect on their health and their sense of wellbeing. It is not just about physical activity, there is also the satisfaction gained from being involved in something worthwhile. Transforming a sad, neglected collection of trees back into a healthy, productive orchard can be very fulfilling and produce a real sense of achievement.

We strive to develop links and partners with marginalized groups by improving and actively managing wellbeing.


 

 

A Catcher Media presentation for Orchard Origins

Contact

Get in touch with Laurence or Julia at

01432 356872

orchards@herefordshirewt.co.uk

Lower House Farm, Ledbury Road, Hereford HR1 1UT

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