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Certificate in Community Orcharding

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A range of community orchards across London

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Come on our exciting 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 6 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.

  • 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. There’s a maximum of 16 people on the course so you’ll have excellent opportunities to network with other community orchard managers.

Course costs

Certified £400 (full); £300 (concessionary); or paying by volunteering

Non-certified £300 (full); £180 (concessionary); or paying by volunteering

The course is reasonably priced and 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. Please contact us to discuss this.

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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