NHS Forest is pleased to officially launch our Healthcare Orchards scheme in time for the 2024-25 planting season. We have up to 2,000 fully funded fruit trees available for NHS sites in England. We anticipate high demand for these productive trees, so please do submit your expression of interest as soon as possible to make sure you don’t miss out!

Trees will be supplied as bare-rooted maidens (1 – 1.5 metres tall) in multiples of 10 from a choice of apple, pear, cherry, plum, damson, medlar and quince varieties. We’ll include all necessary planting sundries too (specifically one bio tree shelter, stake, rubber tie and mulch mat per tree). The required spacings will depend on the vigour of the chosen rootstocks, but a minimum of 100 square metres (around 1,075 square feet or 0.025 acres) would be required for an orchard of 10 trees.

To aid sites in selecting the most appropriate trees, we will also be running online training workshops in partnership with The Orchard Project on Wednesday 18th and Wednesday 25th September, and a third Q&A session in November. The training will be recorded but please submit your expression of interest as soon as possible if you would like to join live.

The training is also open to any NHS staff or volunteers who would like to learn about orchards and their role in a healthcare setting – please email info@nhsforest.org to request an invite if not applying for the orchard bundles.

Looking to plant more than just fruit trees? You could consider incorporating our Wild Food bundles that are perfect for foraging; or why not plant Shelterbelt bundles adjacent to your new orchard to help attract pollinating insects? For more information about our native tree bundles and to submit an expression of interest, visit our tree bundle page.

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