Leeds is a city of growing orchard-ing culture. This is the event for anyone interested in community orchards in Leeds or LS postcode areas.
* If you are a group already helping to care for a community orchard then you can request up to £400 to help you run an orchard event in 2017 or maintain and improve your orchard. Full details here.
* If you are interested in starting a community orchard then come along to meet people already doing it and hear their ideas and experience.
In the morning we will be hearing proposals from community orchard groups around Leeds requesting up to £400 to help run an orchard event in or maintain/ improve their orchard.
Orchard groups will have 5 minutes to convince the audience, of other orchard carers, that they deserve a share of the £4000 on offer. The winning groups will be decided by audience vote on the day.
In the afternoon we will be learning from experts with great ideas to make orchards and the city more fruitful. This will include a showcase of what Abundance groups are doing with with gluts of unwanted fruit.
Registration is essential. Please use the green register button at the top of this page.
10:00 Registration and refreshments
10:15 Introduction to the day
10:30 Pitches from orchard groups for funds
- Voting on which proposals should get the funds
Lunchtime, including scion wood exchange and cider tasting (tbc) from The Real Cider Company.
Short workshops with:
- Grow Sheffield (tbc) on propogating fruit trees and bushes for sale.
- Making fruit leather, with the Killingbeck fruit processing group (tbc)
- Moss Cider on setting up a social enterprise processing surplus apples.
- Bracken Edge Cider - "our street's cider co-operative".
- Introduction to permaculture from Laura Smith.
- Leeds Urban Harvest (tbc) on picking and processing surplus fruit.
- Tour of Bedford Fields Community Forest Garden
- Fruit tree grafting demonstration skill share
Mark Simmonds will be available to share advice on co-operative and community enterprise.
Celebration of results of vote
Followed by drinks at Leeds Cider Pub of the Year, the Fenton. It's a 15 minute walk towards the city centre.
If you have a workshop you would like to offer or need please contact Alan on 07730 216943.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does my orchard request some funds? Full infomation and proposal form is here.
Travel: Woodhouse Community Centre is well connected to buses from all over Leeds. The Centre is at 197 Woodhouse STREET, a 4 minute walk from Hyde Park Corner on Woodhouse LANE and a 30 minute walk from The Headrow. There are railings outside to lock bikes on to and plenty of free street parking. Map
Food: Catering will be providing a delicious vegetarian and vegan lunch. If you have specific dietary requirements please get in touch.
Cost: Leeds Orchard Live is free to people involved in groups caring for existing orchards in Leeds or LS postcode areas. Anyone else interested in orchards is welcome but needs to book and make a £10 contribution towards the costs of lunch and the day.
Childcare: We are not providing childcare. If this means you are unable to attend and participate please talk to Alan, the project manager on 07730 216943 to see what we can do.
Access to participation: The venue is wheelchair accessible. It doesn't have a Hearing Induction Loop avaiable. If you have specific requirements to help you participate fully please let email@example.com know.
Questions: The event is being coordinated by Alan Thornton, the Helping Britain Blossom project manager for Leeds. Contact him on 07730 216943 or firstname.lastname@example.org