In the United Kingdom, The Orchard Project has planted and tends over 540 community orchards across England, Scotland, and Wales since 2009.
They notice more and more interest from people to prioritize local climate and ecological conservation.
“The food supply problems at the start of the pandemic made people question where their supermarket food came from,,” says Orchard Project Community Manager Joanne Hooper. “Also, the desire to feel more connected to others locally, and connected to nature, have both increased among the general public. As awareness of the climate crisis and biodiversity loss grows, people want to do something to help. Orchards are a great way to help in a practical, local way.”