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Local Food Conference - Community Orchards

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust: Wiltshire & Swindon Food Champions

Saturday, 27 April 2013 from 10:00 to 15:00 (BST)

Local Food Conference - Community Orchards

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Local Food Conference, Community Orchards

This is a one day conference to bring together community orchards and other interested parties from Wiltshire & Swindon.


10am - Conference starts and welcome from the Food Champions Project

10.10am - Keynote speaker: Rowena Ganguli (Founder and Trustee of the London Orchard Project) title to be confirmed

10.50am - Workshop One (choose from workshop A, C, D or E - detailed below)

11.30am - Refreshments

11.50am - Workshop Two (choose from workshop A, C, D, F or G)

12.30pm - Lunch, with an opportunity to visit stalls and network with other groups

13.30pm - Workshop Three (choose from workshop B, D, E or F)

14.10pm - Refreshments

14.20pm - Panel Question & Answer session

14.50pm - Summary of the days activities and closing statement

15.00pm - Event finishes


Participants can choose 3 workshops from the following, please see agenda for more information:

A - Setting up a community orchard and involving the local area – Philippa Davenport (founder of Marlborough Apple day and Marlborough orchard in a town)

B - The next generation – inspiring young people to get involved with orchards (Big Community Grow, a Trowbridge based organisation working with schools to set up food growing sites & orchards)

C - Cooking up an apple feast, practical workshop – Catherine Maxwell (from Any Body Can Cook a social enterprise engaging young people and parents in healthy cooking)

D - Study walk of Rowde’s orchard – Richard Cripps (horticulturalist and former lecturer at Lackham College)

E - Making juice and celebrating apples – SCAN (Swindon Climate Action Network who have run several successful apple days) and Richard Pagett (runs a company for people wanting to juice apples)

F - Fruit tree grafting – Legh & Nick from Barters Nursery

G - Funding – how to raise funds to plant trees, buy equipment and run events - for groups working with disadvantaged communities  - Heidi Yorke, The Community Foundation for Wiltshire & Swindon


Wiltshire Bee Centre

Youth Wellbeing Project - Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

Wiltshire Farmers Markets

Just Chillies

Penhill Community Orchard

Funding Advice (TBC)

Food Champions - lending circle and mailing group for community orchards

Wiltshire Wood Recycling

The Community Foundation for Wiltshire & Swindon

Do you have questions about Local Food Conference - Community Orchards? Contact Wiltshire Wildlife Trust: Wiltshire & Swindon Food Champions

When & Where

Marsh Hall
Furlong Lane
SN10 2TQ
United Kingdom

Saturday, 27 April 2013 from 10:00 to 15:00 (BST)

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Wiltshire Wildlife Trust: Wiltshire & Swindon Food Champions

Food Champions is an innovative, three-year project in Wiltshire and Swindon. By teaching basic horticulture, we help local communities to get involved in growing healthy food.

We are currently establishing 12 Community Growing Sites at locations across Wiltshire and Swindon.

We are also working with over 20 new and regenerated Community Orchards, to increase the amount of fruit produce within the county by planting traditional Wiltshire varieties of apple trees.

Through both of these projects we are helping people understand the value of ‘growing their own’ food, which contributes to a healthier lifestyle and builds environmental resilience.

Our Local Food Network will provide opportunities for organisations and businesses involved or interested in sustainable growing to meet and share ideas and best practice.

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