Growing Orchards for Schools with The Tree Council


Frank P Matthews has teamed up with The Tree Council to supply ‘Orchards for Schools’ across the UK. Nurseries, primary schools and secondary schools, both dependent and independent are eligible to apply for a free orchard pack. Which will include fruit-bearing, wildlife-enhancing and carbon-storing trees.

Clare Bowen from the Tree Council explain. “We’re giving away free orchard and hedgerow packs to inspire teachers and pupils around the country to get outdoors, plant and care for trees. Teachers will also receive an engaging set of resources, designed by experts and teachers, all linked to the national curriculum.”

“We have selected some excellent varieties for the schools.” adds Steph James of Frank P Matthews, “Good cropping, reliable varieties with delicious fruit, such as Apple ‘Bright Future’, Pear ‘Conference’ and Plum ‘Victoria’. It’s a great way for the children to learn about nature and get some healthy free food!”

The majority of schools that apply before 16th November will receive their Orchard Packs in early December. The offer will then remain open until 23rd February and all packs will be delivered before the end of March 2021. To download your application form just click here.

The Orchards for Schools project was made possible after a successful Christmas 2019 fundraising appeal with the Daily Mail. Along with the generosity of four major donors – Lord Sugar, Sir Jony Ive, Richard Caring, Vernon Hill and one anonymous donor – plus the donations of thousands of readers.

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