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Your chance to research Worcestershire's famous orchards

apppick Published Monday, 30th January 2017

People interested in the history of Worcestershire's distinctive orchards are invited to a free workshop run by Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service (WAAS).

Two workshops are being run by WAAS staff on behalf of the Three Counties Traditional Orchards Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The workshop in Evesham, on Friday 17 January, has fully sold out, but tickets are still available to the workshop at Tenbury. This workshop will take place at Tenbury Library on Saturday 11 February, 10am-12pm.

Orchards are an important part of the Worcestershire landscape, and played a crucial role in the county's heritage.

Workshop attendees will find out how to look into local history and the history of our orchards. Topics covered will include how to use maps and records for researching, with examples on hand for people to look at, as well as expert advice.

Staff will then be looking for help in carrying out research into the local orchards in the Tenbury/Rochford and Evesham areas, as part of the Three Counties Traditional Orchards project, which aims to raise awareness of the heritage of traditional orchards.

Any discoveries will contribute towards a 'walk & talk' around the local orchards in the Spring and a report to help make sure they are recognised and protected in the future.

Paul Hudson, Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service Learning and Outreach Manager, said: "Orchards are a fascinating part of the county's heritage, but often overlooked. We'll be looking at some of sources we can use to discover local history, using examples from the local area."

To reserve your place, call Paul Hudson on 01905 766352, or email explorethepast@worcestershire.gov.uk

You can find out more about the project at www.tctop.org.uk