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Certificate in Community Orcharding - 12 Fridays over a year

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A range of community orchards across London

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Come on our brilliant new course and learn everything you need to know about managing community orchards from our team of experienced orchardists. We will teach on 12 Fridays over 10 months, giving you a wonderful opportunity to learn a wide range of seasonally appropriate skills.

The Crossfield’s Institute level 3 Certificate in Community Orcharding

We like to call it CICO for short! To gain CICO you need to pass the two compulsory units and at least one of the optional units. Most people just do all four units.

  • Units 1 and 2 (compulsory). We will cover: orchard history; tree lifecycles, physiology, identification and planting; tree care programmes; biodiversity; soil science; pests and diseases; formative and maintenance pruning; grafting; and effective group work. It takes 6 days to cover units 1 and 2.

  • Unit 3 (optional). If you want to maintain an established orchard, possibly containing some veteran trees, you should choose this unit. If you aren’t yet connected with an existing orchard, we may be able to suggest one near you. This unit covers: veteran tree features; biodiversity surveys; veteran tree management; apple identification; apple varieties; taxonomy; and restorative pruning. It takes 3 days to cover this unit.

  • Unit 4 (optional). If you want to design a new orchard this is the unit for you. We cover: summer pruning; extra grafting techniques; forest garden plants; surveying land; and designing a new orchard. Unit 4 takes 3 days to complete.

If you choose to go for the accreditation, your learning will be assessed using a combination of written tests, presentations, reports and demonstrations. We can modify assessments to suit your needs, if necessary. You’ll need to pass three out of four units to gain the certification. The certification is regulated by the Crossfields Institute. You may attend all sessions and gain all four units, if you wish.

Time Commitment

Each day goes from 9.30am to 4.30pm. In addition there’s 6-10 hours homework each month and an 800 word pre-course report, which is included in the assessment. There’s a maximum of 16 people on the course so you’ll have excellent opportunities to network with other community orchard managers.

Course dates

Fridays, 9.30am-4.30pm: 18th May, 1st June, 15th June, 13th July, 21st September, 12th October, 26th October, 9th November, 7th December, 18th January 2019, 8th February, 22nd March. More information on venues and lesson content here.

In addition there are reinforcement days that will give you the chance to practice the practical skills only touched on in class. Dates will be added but the ones currently planned are summer pruning of trained forms at Audley End in Essex on Saturday 18th August and Friday 31st August. 10am-3pm on both days. These extra days are free of charge but you should book onto them.

Course costs

  • Certified £400 (full); £300 (concessionary); young adult place - see below; or paying by volunteering - see below.

  • Non-certified £300 (full); £180 (concessionary); young people place - see below; or paying by volunteering - see below.

Young adult place £40 and 6 days volunteering. *Only 2 places* Deadline to apply: 22nd February.
Two people between the ages of 16 and 24 will be able to attend the course at this reduced rate. The 6 days volunteering need to be completed before the end of the course. We will accept up to 10 applications by Eventbrite and do a short phone interview to choose 2 people. We will prioritise those not in full time employment who are on some kind of horticultural apprenticeship, training or voluntary work. The deadline for applications is 22nd February and we will let you know the outcome by 27th February. You will only pay the £40 fee if you are accepted.

Paying by volunteering 12 days volunteering. *Only 2 places* Deadline to apply: 22nd February.
Two people per course can pay by volunteering. If you wish to pay by volunteering you will need to volunteer for every day of the course you attend, in advance of each day. Volunteering will need to be for The Orchard Project. We will accept up to 5 applications by Eventbrite and do a short phone interview to choose 2 people. We will prioritise those who have a driving licence and a willingness to support the restoration managers in their orchard maintenance and harvesting days. The deadline for applications is 22nd February and we will let you know the outcome by 27th February.

Concessionary places are at the discretion of The Orchard Project. You would need to be retired, not in full time employment or on really low income. Please contact us to discuss this.

Contact details for more information

Please contact the Education, Skills and Training Manager, Jo Homan:

Further information about the tutors: https://www.theorchardproject.org.uk/what-we-do/cico/

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