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The work of the York Patchwork Orchard started with a simple idea: urban orchards in our city are few and far between, and often there isn't the land in the city to create large-scale orchards.  So why not create a patchwork or virtual orchard, with the trees dispersed across the City, overseen, nurtured and loved by the local community?  This simple concept has led to over 300 trees being planted, and communities being skilled up to graft new trees and maintain and prune both new and older trees.

Organisations which host the York Orchard fruit trees include: Greenfields community garden, Route 66 community garden, RSPCA York, Fossway residents association, Bishopthorpe parish council, Holgate community garden, Leeman Road Community Orchard, and many more.  We've planted various varieties of apple, pear and plum.

Each year we run free grafting workshops across the city: DIY fruit trees!  This year, we're working with Poppleton Road Primary, Fulford Secondary and Holgate Community Garden, amongst others, to increase the number of productive fruit trees in our city. Anyone (14years and over) can sign up for our worshops though we do warn everyone that the grafting knives are incredibly sharp!

Edible York is also a vocal supporter of the orchards that do exist in our city, from Fulford Community Orchard, to Dormouse Inn, to Scarcroft Green Community Orchard.

We are looking to continue to expand York's Patchwiork Orchard in 2017/18. To get involved (you could help find funding, help to plant them, nominate a new site, teach people about pruning, help to maintain trees or even help with promotion), please do contact us.

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Edible Map

At Edible York, we’re working with the community to provide every local and organic food growing opportunity available. This also includes highlighting and pointing out areas where wild produce is already ripe for picking and areas which are ideal for foraging for delicious natural treats.

There is a world of goodness outside your home and with a simple look at our Edible Map; you’ll soon see the vast array of naturally growing wild produce just waiting to be enjoyed. In addition to mapping out all the public food growing space that are known of across the York area, Abundance, York’s urban harvesting group is also hoping to collect details of private fruit and vegetable sources. The map itself shows only publicly available areas.

Across York, the Edible Map highlights a vast array of wild fruit trees, ready for their fruit to be harvested and enjoyed, without a polythene bag in sight. From sweet chestnuts to wild apples and damsons to blackberries, the fruit available across York may surprise some people, who weren’t previously aware of the extent of wild, natural produce available. The Edible Map is collated by members of the Edible York team but also accepts submissions from readers who have spotted something interesting.

As well as fruit trees and bushes, plucky foragers have spotted many naturally occurring herbs and spices amongst the hedgerows of the area. The map shows sites growing of garlic mustard, horseradish and even edible roses. With the vast array of natural produce growing, our work at Edible York can only serve to help the community build up from this great starting point and further develop the sustainable food sources in the area.