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The Orchard Project has transformed lives by planting trees

Giving back to the environment is something that a lot of us are growing passionate about. While some people are just starting out on their eco-friendly journey, though, others have been at it for years. Just look at the Orchard Project.

This charity is now a decade into its incredible work, and it’s already done so much for the environment. In that time, volunteers have planted or restored as many as 400 orchards throughout the UK. There are thousands of trees growing again in the country thanks to this charity, and we expect many more will join them in the coming years.

From urban to rural

This amazing organisation is focused around urban areas, places that aren’t usually known for having much greenery. Many trees get chopped down to make way for housing and other developments in these parts. Thankfully, the tide is now turning. The charity has found a way to help the environment thrive while also working with the urban setting, rather than against it.

The people who volunteer at the Orchard Project apparently put a lot of thought into everything they plant. It can take several months of planning before they actually put anything in the ground. That’s because they want to ensure that what grows is right for the locals. From the type of fruit on the trees to the time of the year that it ripens, they work out everything to the last detail. It’s partly why their work has been so successful.

Helping the community

Although the charity initially began life as a food security project, it’s become far more than that over the years. According to Kath Rosen, the organization’s chief executive, the orchards have a positive effect on community cohesion and wellbeing. That’s why trees are planted outside a variety of establishments, including schools, prisons, and hospitals.

Their orchard at the Bethlem Royal psychiatric hospital is one of their most successful endeavors, and it’s become a vital part of the therapeutic process. It just goes to show the impact that the environment can have on our mental health.

Now that they’re one decade down, we expect that the charity is looking ahead to the next ten years. While their work will never be finished, that doesn’t deter the volunteers from doing their part. They’re just happy to give back to the environment and to the people that need it the most.

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