Weekend Gardening Update: Grant aid for old orchards

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LOCAL distinctiveness is the rallying cry of the pressure group Common Ground. It has fought a long campaign on behalf of old orchards which are now eligible for grant aid in the historic landscape category. Its new pamphlet on community orchards gives advice on where to get grant aid, how to look after orchards and suggests local varieties to plant in different parts of the country. The pamphlet also emphasises the benefits that orchards bring to a community and its wildlife.

It is available from Common Ground, 45 Shelton Street, London WC2H 9HJ (071-379 3109). Please send 50p and a stamped, addressed envelope.