Crossfields Institute and the Orchard Project are delighted to announce the launch of an Ofqual regulated qualification in England in Community Orcharding.

Crossfields Institute Level 3 Certificate in Community Orcharding
is now open for registrations.

This qualification is designed for people who want to develop the understanding, knowledge and skills to be able to care for fruit and nut trees, build biodiverse habitats and contribute to a community orchard project.

The drive behind creating this unique qualification is the growing interest in urban green spaces as a means of assisting community cohesion and allowing for outdoor spaces to be used for the benefit of people, to promote biodiversity and create wildlife habitats in cities, towns and villages. Community orchards are a good way of generating human engagement with nature.

The Orchard Project is the only national charity dedicated solely to the creation, restoration and celebration of community orchards. Working closely with community groups in hubs around England and Scotland, the aim of the Project is to help to designing and creating new orchards that will last for decades to come.

Crossfields Institute is a Gloucestershire based education charity, approved by Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations in England) as an awarding organisation. The Institute specialises in the development niche qualifications for providers with a particular vision or ethos

  • Any learners who are interested in finding out more about this qualification should contact the course administrator Jo Homan
  • Any organisations wishing to deliver this qualification should contact the Crossfields Institute Director of Operations 01453 808 118