Membership of OSW is free!

Becoming part of the OSW network only requires you to provide the details of your organisation and what orchard-related services or facilities you can offer or require. There is no cost.

To join in, you just need to fill in our membership application form. Alternatively, you may contact one of the members of the OSW Working Group shown on our Contact Us page.


Members might like to know that they can advertise events free of charge on this website.Visit the Events page for more details.

Our next events will be:

Carhampton Community Orchard Grand Opening on 2nd July 2016 at 3:00 PM at Carhampton, Minehead, Somerset..

Budding Course (Devon) on 16th July 2016 at 10:30 AM at Bishops Nympton .

Welcome to Orchards SouthWest (OSW), a network of non-commercial orchard owners and organisations in the south west of England who cooperate to share and benefit from the knowledge and experience which they individually possess.

The South West of England buzzes with orchard activities. There are literally scores of groups, that’s hundreds of people, involved with orchards in different ways.

But groups don’t know much about each other, they don’t communicate, they seldom meet and they rarely co-operate. A lot of brilliant work goes unrecognised. Now there is a new network, Orchards SouthWest, the central feature of which is a database of its members. Find out about it, see who is involved, and take part in strengthening orchard activities across the region.

News

Get Growing

A Bristol supporter of OSW has drawn our attention to the annual GET GROWING TRAIL in Bristol on 4 and 5 June 2016. It is the sixth event, and over twenty community fruit and vegetable gardens in the city will be open to the public. There are at least half a dozen community orchards involved, -including some members of OSW.

The event is organised by www.bristolfoodnetwork.org and the website has full details of each participant, plus a jolly map showing how to find them. A trail sometimes suggests an ordeal, but following this one should be real fun. It is interesting that the gardens and orchards are described as ‘secret’, -such wonderful places should be widely known and that is why we are keen to publicise the event. Michael Gee, 12th May 2016.

People's Trust for Endangered Species

Steve Oram of PTES (contact details at foot of message) has made following enquiry:

PTES has been mapping, protecting and conserving traditional orchards since 2006. We also run the Orchard Network website (which is currently being updated).

We have been approached by a community orchard whose Council is trying to charge the already existing community orchard a sizable amount of money to lease the land plus £150 per hour lawyers fees (for an undisclosed number of hours) to draw up a lease document. Has anyone had any experience of setting up a lease for a community orchard from a district council, or know anyone that has? Could you share with me your experience and the costs involved?

Steve Oram | Orchard Biodiversity Officer | 020 7062 8618
People's Trust for Endangered Species | 3 Cloisters House | 8 Battersea Park Road | London | SW8 4BG

30th May 2016

About OSW Members
 

Where?

Find out where OSW members are located on this

Google map

 

Who?

Orchards SouthWest now has a membership of 47 and these include:
 

Existing members:

  • Is your membership information up to date? If not, please email us with the changes.
  • Do you have any photos of orchard-related events or activities that could be placed on this website? If so, please email it/them to us.
  • Do you know of any other non-commercial orchard groups or individuals who might like to join OSW? If so, please let us know.
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