The Orchard Project

Urban community orchards for people and nature

Support our campaign this Christmas and help us plant 6 beautiful and wildlife-rich orchards in some of the UK's most deprived areas. We will make each new orchard, a thriving haven for nature – by working closely with the local community and training volunteers on how best to look after each one.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1139952)

Check mark Match funded

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind


United Kingdom


Orchards were once a significant part of the British landscape, but their presence has declined by 90% since the 1950s due to urban development. The loss of greenspace and biodiversity in our cities is contributing to the climate and biodiversity crises that we face. More and more people are living in cities with poor access to natural spaces, isolated from their neighbours and lacking the benefits that nature brings to our health and wellbeing.


Help us put orchards back into the heart of our urban communities! Your donation will allow people living in UK’s most deprived areas to enjoy fresh produce and a tranquil inner-city refuge. We will plant six new orchards together with communities who want to improve their neighbourhoods, training 40+ volunteers with the right skills to look after them long-term. The orchards will create valuable wildlife habitats and spaces for neighbours to connect with each other and nature.

  • I feel calmer and more grounded in nature. It makes a huge difference to my mental health issues.

    — Community orchard volunteer

  • Such a brilliant charity! - Your legacy just keeps growing as all the people that you train go on to share their learning, and all the wonderful things about orchards!

    — Community orchard volunteer

  • I’ve learnt a lot about orchards, fruit trees, flora and fauna. And I’m getting to know people in my community.

    — Community orchard volunteer