Press conference from
27. April 2022

Statements by the organisers

"The overarching goal of Hochstamm Deutschland e.V. is preservation through utilization. We consider the Orchard Day as an instrument in order to make consumers more aware of 100%-orchard products and to encourage them to buy these products."
Martina Hörmann
Hochstamm Deutschland e. V.

Hochstamm Deutschland e.V. is a non-profit, nationwide association that campaigns for the preservation of meadow orchards. Hochstamm Deutschland is backed by Orchard initiatives, local authorities, associations and private individuals. The aim of the association is to support orchard enthusiasts in preserving the remaining orchards and to provide ideas for their further development - through networking, exchange and participation. Hochstamm Deutschland, together with more than 1.3 million supporters, managed to get orchard cultivation listed in the Federal Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Germany. This has brought orchard cultivation increasingly into the public spotlight. Following this success, the European Orchard Day was established by various initiators. It takes place annually on the last Friday in April.

"Flowering orchard trees are like paradise on earth. The Day of the Orchard is like Mother's Day for biodiversity and Father's Day for our habitat and our cultural landscape! It is the strongest statement for sustainability and aims to raise awareness for products made from scattered orchards."
Johann Hartl
ARGE Streuobst

Since the year 2000, ARGE Streuobst has been concerned with the conservation and renewal of Orchard stands throughout Austria. A number of renowned scientists and proponents from various institutions as well as private interested parties work intensively to achieve the association's goals. ARGE Streuobst is structured as a non-profit association, works on a voluntary basis and is financed by membership fees, donations and project funding. By organising events, participating in research projects, issuing publications, setting up working groups and preparing position papers on Orchard cultivation and the conservation of fruit genetic resources, ARGE Streuobst achieves success and offers the prospect of promoting Orchard cultivation and the conservation of fruit genetic resources.

"Orchards offer exciting experiences - there's something for everyone. Scattered orchards offers special products with recipes that are centuries old, such as cider or perry."
Adam Cade
UK Orchard Network

The UK Orchard Network is a partnership of organisations across the British Isles working together to actively promote the conservation of orchard trees and their varieties and in their many forms; as individual trees, traditional, orchard meadows and orchards and to conserve the biodiversity of the orchard habitat. The Network aims to reverse the decline in orchard and wildlife biodiversity in the British Isles; promote a wider understanding of the value of orchards and traditional varieties for the benefit of wildlife, people and heritage; build strong relationships between interested organisations; promote best practice in management; advise and assist in the conservation, maintenance and planting of orchards; and act as a focal point for policy development and government agencies.

"The discussion on the intensification of agriculture at EU level ignores the fact that the major planetary crises pose a major threat to our food security. We must therefore finally take action against the natural crisis. Natural, high-stem orchards are a good example of how to reconcile nature conservation and land use."
Raphael Weyland
BirdLife International - Europe and Central Asia

BirdLife Europe and Central Asia is one of the six regional offices of BirdLife International. BirdLife International is a global Partnership of autonomous, national non-governmental conservation organisations, with a large grassroots membership in 120 countries and territories. BirdLife International’s mission is to conserve wild birds, their habitats and global biodiversity. BirdLife Europe has an international team of permanent staff responsible for conservation, science, policy, advocacy, capacity building, fundraising, communications, finance and administration. The staff is supporting the 48 European and Central Asian BirdLife Partners. Through its unique local to global approach and partnership of national conservation organizations, BirdLife Europe and Central Asia delivers long-term conservation solutions for the benefit of nature and people. With its more than 875,000 members and supporters, in Germany NABU is one of the oldest and biggest national partner organisations of BirdLife.

Greetings from all over Europe

Hello I am Sonja Golc. Dear orchards lovers I am sending you greetings from Slovenia- area of Haloze in North-eastern part of Slovenia. Haloze is a hilly area with steep slopes with a lot of vineyards and also orchards.

n our Haloze – Čerinovo Nature Park we removed overgrowth and in part of the area arrange the pasture for animals and in other part we planted more than 200 trees of old local varieties of fruit (apple, pear, cherry, plum and others). That were activities of the LIFE TO GRASSLANDS project in the period between 2019-2020. The trees were planted in 2020, so our orchard is very young. We look forward to support the European Orchard Day with our event this Friday (as we did last year, too). We will show different works in young orchards.

Thank you for the invitation and have a nice day still and even better Orchard Day. Here is the Here is the link to photos from establishing our Nature Park Haloze-Čerinovo

Southwest of Paris lies the valley of the Yvette. An Agenda process has given rise to a group of volunteers who are committed to preserving and increasing biodiversity and maintaining the unique landscape. In addition to beekeeping and landscape conservation measures, we are primarily concerned with the topic of orchards. This includes the removal of bushes from former orchards and the care of old trees. But we also actively plant new orchard areas and teach stakeholders about planting, caring for and grafting orchard trees. We regularly organise guided tours, planting and pruning courses in our orchard areas and, of course, celebrate with the delicious produce from the now again more than 50 different varieties.
We are happy to be part of the European orchard network and hope to gain a lot of knowledge and experience so that we can pass on the necessary expertise and know-how for the preservation of orchards here on site.

Website: https://m.facebook.com/yvettevalleeentransition/

We are a small farm in beautiful Tuscany and produce and market our own olive oil, among other things. The beautiful landscape of Tuscany, which is particularly popular - also with tourists - has its current character not least through the cultivation of scattered fruit. Olive trees are also part of the European orchards. They are associated with a particularly high biodiversity of their own, because olive groves represent a very special habitat of their own. For centuries, olives have been cultivated on land that is enclosed by dry-stone walls built in a special way. This results in a unique habitat with a special biotope and microclimate. Of course, not only the use of the particularly delicious olive oil is important for its preservation, but also a wealth of expertise - not only in the cultivation of the olive trees, but also in the preservation of the unique dry stone walls.

Mail: tenutalapieve@libero.it

With over 180 varieties of Irish apple trees on around 11 hectares, we are Ireland's leading grower of certified organic apple trees. Each year we grow a wide range of varieties and make them available to the public as bare-root and potted trees. Our bare-root selling season starts every year in October and we have a selection of potted trees all year round. Our aims are to research, collect, protect and provide and curate Ireland's national apple tree collection. We make the apple tree varieties available to farmers, schools, community groups, traditional fruit growers, home gardeners and supporters so that they can grow and reap the many benefits of not only growing their own food, but also helping to protect Ireland's biodiversity and food heritage and ultimately our food security. Only the orchards on our land in Co Clare enable Ireland to meet its European obligations in the field of conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources in food and agriculture. Our DNA fingerprinting and analysis project draws its conclusions. After some delay, we have now received data for all trees from three gene banks at the Irish Seed Savers Association, University College Dublin and the Agriculture, Food and Bioscience Institute in Loughgall Armagh. We have converted the data into an applicable format and used it to inform a thorough conservation strategy. From a European genetic resource and food protection perspective, we now know what is ours, what we can finally hang up as uniquely Irish and what we need to do to effectively conserve each variety in a national apple collection in the long term.
Following the example of Germany and Austria, we also want to set out on the path towards the recognition of orchard cultivation as Intangible Cultural Heritage in Ireland.

Website: https://irishseedsavers.ie

Press conference from 27. April 2022, 10 Uhr MESZ