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Traditional orchards: a summary


Summary of a series of Natural England technical information notes on managing and creating traditional orchards, with links to each note listed as well. Published in 2010 and now in the National Archives but still useful. The notes in the series include advice on how to select sites for new orchards and the types of tree to plant within new and existing orchards; pruning both newly planted and older trees; restoring and managing mature and neglected orchards; fruit tree health; and orchards and wildlife.


Guidance type/project stage

  • Ecosystem creation
  • Implementation
  • Ecosystem management
  • Planning
  • Ecosystem restoration


  • Agroforestry
  • Farmland
  • Hedgerows
  • Urban

Challenges addressed

  • Biodiversity
  • Food production

Source | Natural England

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