Welcome!

Early summer - orchard fruit is beginning to take shape
Early summer – orchard fruit is beginning to take shape

Hello. This is the new website for the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust (GOT).  Some of it is still under construction at present –  so some content is not yet complete.

Navigating around the site: Our old website contained a very wide range of information – and we hope to emulate that on this new site. But to ease navigation we have split the website up into four themed sites. This one is our main site – you can read more about this and the others on our Navigating GOT’s Websites page here.

 

What is the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust?

Mature Perry Pears
Mature Perry Pears

The Gloucestershire Orchard Trust (GOT) is, very simply, the leading charity dedicated to the conservation and celebration of traditional orchards in Gloucestershire. Traditional orchards are a valuable resource and have unique ecological, cultural, genetic, heritage and landscape value that we need to look after. However, changes in agriculture and in the way supermarkets buy and source fruit have meant that about 75% of Gloucestershire’s orchards have been lost in the past 50 years and what was once a familiar part of the landscape is now increasingly rare.

For the past 20 years the Trust has played a leading role in slowing down and reversing the decline of Gloucestershire’s orchards. Its membership and volunteer management committee is passionate about raising the awareness of Gloucestershire’s fruit-growing heritage and landscape, and about conserving the genetic characteristics of the 100+ apple varieties that are unique to Gloucestershire, as well as the 123+ varieties of perry pear that come from the county. A measure of the Trust’s success and commitment was the acquisition in 2015 of a beautiful orchard in Longney, alongside the River Severn.

Like so many charitable organisations, the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust depends on having a flourishing and active membership. For more information on the benefits as well as the (very modest) costs of membership please visit the Membership page.

The links below gives some further background to GOT and its origins.

Website sponsorship:

Creation of GOT’s new websites is being supported by the Three Counties Traditional Orchards Project, which is a Heritage Lottery funded project.

Thank you TCTOP!