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Apple Orchard

DCs for Bees

'Orchards In The Community'

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Orchards In The Community is part of the DCs for Bees initiative. 


Orchards play a key role in providing an early food source for our struggling bees as they emerge from winter.  To help protect the bees and increase pollination, this winter with YOUR help we have planted over 2,700 mixed fruit orchards all over Ireland. 


The orchards were planted by our Host in Ireland Partners and other interested companies, in collaboration with community groups, schools and organisations throughout Ireland.

Now in November 2023, we are hoping to repeat the process again!

How you can bee involved

Are you part of a community group?

Would your company like to make a difference?

Have you received an orchard this season?

Request your Planting Certificate Here

What is DCs For Bees?

Orchard Planting Instructions

Frequently Asked Questions

How to join the waiting list for an 2023 DCs for Bees Orchard

DCs For Bees Orchards & Resources

[The Orchards in the Community project] helped bring our different centres together as we had a group order which was a bit of a buzz.


The arrival of trees was great fun, and planting the trees with Residents here was a really lovely moment, taking photos, etc.

Mick B.

Image by Marek Studzinski

DCs for Bees

'Orchards In The Community 2023'

The success of the Orchards In The Community project has been so overwhelming that we have recently decided to roll the project forward into the planting season starting in November 2023.


We increased the target from 2000 mixed fruit tree orchards to 4000 – the equivalent of 20,000 fruit trees right across the country!

Watch this video to learn more about the impact of this initiative

Girls Picking Apples

'We want to better coexist with biodiversity and help return food and shelter for pollinators to our island.'

All Ireland Pollinator Plan 2021-2025

The Orchard Bundle

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Victoria Plum
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Conference Pear
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Discovery Apple
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Katy Apple
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Boskoop Apple
Fruit Trees
Orchards & Resouces

DCs for Bees Orchards & Resources

Our Aim

Encourage Biodiversity

Orchards are important habitats. This is because they make ideal homes for thousands of species of flora and fauna, including lichens, fungi and beetles.


Protect & Feed Pollinators

Fruit trees blossom early in the year, providing an important food source for our pollinators at the end of winter.

The deliberate spacing between trees also lets more sunlight in, which is welcome for flying insects, like butterflies and bees, who need warmth to power their flight muscles.

Community Awareness & Action

We will provide a means for organisation & community purpose based activity which will foster an appreciation of, and awareness for, protecting and encouraging biodiverse habitats in our local areas.

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The Role of Orchards

Orchards have played an important role in communities for many centuries, providing a focal point, a gathering space, and a place where people and nature successfully work together to create abundant harvests.

Orchards provide vital green spaces in our cities and towns, where people are encouraged to interact with nature either through becoming custodians of the trees or by simply being around them and enjoying their shade, beauty and fruit.

How to apply for a Free DCs for Bees Community Orchard

All Community Pot Orchards for the past dormant season have now been allocated.


The project will run again in November 2023 dormant season, if you would  like to register your interest and be in a position to take 10 or more of our DCs for Bees mixed fruit Orchards, please submit this application form.

How to Apply

Measuring Success

Working in collaboration with the National Biodiversity Data Centre, this project will enable Ireland for the first time to track concurrent pollination success. Something that is only made possible by planting the same orchards in multiple locations in the one growing season (Nov 2021 - March 2022) and (Nov 2022-March 2023).

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Print Materials

Planting Instructions 

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Pollinator Plan

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Orchard Information 


Sign For Planted Area

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Importance of Orchards to Pollinators Flyer

(All Ireland Pollinator Plan)

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Sign For Planted Area

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Colouring Sheet

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