Veolia Orchard

Growing the Future Together

Veolia UK are proud to launch a brand new campaign to help schools blossom with biodiversity. From Wednesday 8 June 2022 applications are open for schools across England to receive FREE fruit trees and help grow our national network of fruit orchards.

To deliver this initiative we are working in partnership with the community action charity, Groundwork, with the aim to improve biodiversity at schools, provide a learning resource for pupils and offer them an ongoing supply of fresh fruit.

The deadline for applications is Friday 8 July 2022, with successful applicants announced from Monday 18 July ready for deliveries during September and October.

Apply today using the online form below.

 

 

This campaign is being powered by Veolia's Sustainable Schools programme. Each orchard is intended to become a learning resource for pupils, empowering them to improve their local environment and combat climate change. Successful schools will highlight how they intend to integrate their trees into a learning programme for their pupils.

Why fruit tree orchards?

Through this national partnership with Groundwork we want to give young people a chance to feel the benefits of working with nature and get their hands dirty. Schools can use the programme to nurture new skills for their pupils to take positive action to their communities.

Through this national partnership with Groundwork we want to give young people a chance to feel the benefits of working with nature and get their hands dirty. Schools can use the programme to nurture new skills for their pupils to take positive action to their communities.

What are the site requirements for an orchard?

This programme aims to provide small orchards which consist of 5 young fruit trees. If your school does not have space for 5 trees but you would still like to be involved you will have an opportunity to apply for fewer trees.

Each tree is 1.2 - 1.5 metres tall and needs to have around 5 metres distance between them to allow them to mature. For an orchard of 5 trees an area of approximately 25 square metres is needed. The site needs to have good drainage and you must have permission from the landowner to plant the trees.

Each application will be assessed on a case by case basis. Depending on the level of interest received, schools that are more disadvantaged or located in urban areas with less access to good quality green space may be prioritised.

Who can apply?

Any school in England can apply to be part of the national Veolia Orchard and receive the free fruit trees.

Please note that if your school is successful in receiving free fruit trees, you agree in advance to be included in any promotional material we develop. Veolia Orchards will promote case studies in any Veolia related publications and publicity material, including but not limited to annual reports, internal newsletters, press releases, leaflets, brochures, advertisements or websites with any reasonable retouching or alteration.

When are applications open?

The project is launching on 8 June with a deadline for applications of Friday 8 July. Successful applicants will be informed by week commencing Monday 18 July and trees will be delivered over September and October 2022.

How will the fruit trees be planted?

If your school has been approved for an orchard you will be contacted to arrange the delivery of the trees. Deliveries will be carried out over September and October 2022 and will be accompanied by a step-by-step guidance on how you can plant the trees and maintain them as the orchard grows.

Please note that if your school is selected you will need to plant the trees yourself using your own equipment; an equipment list will be provided in advance of the deliveries.