Orchards East are looking for voluntary orchard surveyors to help with parish and district surveys of historc orchard sites across Essex! For more information contact the Orchards East project manager Howard Jones on 07854 701363, or email Howard.Jones@uea.ac.uk.
Orchards East is an HLF funded project to build on the work of the Suffolk Traditional Orchards Group (STOG), to survey orchards and improve the understanding of traditional orchard management and history. The regional project covers Bedfordshire, Cambridge, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, and Essex Wildlife Trust Biological Records Centre has been involved in the initial mapping of historic orchard sites from the Second Edition Ordnance Survey map from 1888. Now volunteer surveyors are needed to check on the status of these historic orchard sites in Essex, and to map new orchards in each parish.
If you can spare a couple of hours to survey a local parish, or want to find out more please contact Orchards East for details, or for more information about the project visit the Orchards East website: www.orchardseast.org.uk.