If you have received a DCs for Bees Orchard, please register your planting location and details here
Don't forget to send us your photos and videos to be in with a chance to win one of 2 x €100 One for All Vouchers
Register your DCs for Bees Orchard and send us your photos to be in with a chance to win one of 2 x €100 One for All Vouchers
DCs for Bees
'Orchards In The Community'
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, we are planting in excess of 1,000 mixed fruit orchards all over Ireland.
'We want to better coexist with biodiversity and help return food and shelter for pollinators to our island.'
All Ireland Pollinator Plan 2021-2025
DCs for Bees Orchards & Resources
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.
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 Free DCs for Bees Community Orchard
All Community Pot Orchards for the coming dormant season have now been allocated.
It is hoped to run the project again in 2022, if you would like to register your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, marking your email Orchards 2022
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).
How many trees are in my DCs for Bees Orchard Bundle?
What type of fruit trees are in the DCs for Bees Orchard Bundle?
Can I choose different trees in my DCs for Bees Orchard bundle?
How much space do I need to plant a DCs for Bees Orchard?
How big will my DCs for Bees Orchard grow?
The plum and pear will grow between 10 - 14ft and approx. 6 ft wide.
The final height of the trees will depend on soil conditions. The site, wind and salt air can all play a role.
What type of rootstock are the DCs for Bees Orchards?
What Pollination Group do the DCs for Bees Orchards belong to?
How old are the trees when they are delivered?
How tall will the trees be when they arrive?
Measuring Success - The National Biodiversity Data Centres Pollination Count
The aim of the Orchard Project is to encourage biodiversity and protect & feed our pollinators. In order to measure its success, the National Biodiversity Data Centre will be establishing a 'Pollination Service' count.
How are the DCs for Bees Orchards wrapped and what size will each bundle be?
The DCs for Bees Orchards are wrapped in bundles of 5 and the diameter of the wrapped roots will be approx 6" x 6" (should fit in most cars if needed). Each Orchard bundle is light enough to easily lift and carry.
Are the trees in the DCs for Bees Orchards labelled?
Each tree is labelled with a 'tree passport' tag. This tag includes the tree variety, colour and fruit detail. Each tag also has a DCs for Bees QR code which will bring you directly to our website www.orchards.ie so you can easily register your DCs for Bees Orchard.
How do I plant my DCs for Bees Orchard?
How soon after I receive them should I plant my DCs for Bees Orchard?
The trees should ideally be planted within a week of arrival, but would be okay for 2 weeks provided they are left in a cold position and not indoors or in a shed.
What extras will I need to plant my DCs for Bees Orchard?
Tree stake (optional but preferred)
Strap to secure tree to stake (optional but preferred)
If your planting area has a lot of rabbits or deer nearby, tree guards or fencing may be required until the Orchard has matured.
Download one of our signage templates (and personalise it with your own logo) to highlight your involvement and show how Orchards make a difference for our pollinators .
Can I plant my DCs for Bees Orchard trees in pots?
Yes, the Orchard trees can be planted in large containers but remember, if you limit the roots, you limit the height that the tree will grow.
What maintenance is required immediately after planning?
What long term maintenance do the DCs for Bees Orchards require?
Try and keep weeds away from the base without strimming any of the bark off the lower trunk of the trees.
Dispatch & Delivery Questions
How will my DCs for Bees Orchard be dispatched?
Orchards are being dispatched to delivery locations by courier
How will I know when my Orchard will be delivered?
An email with full delivery details will be sent to each DCs for Bees Orchard recipient the week before dispatch.
When are the DCs for Bees Orchards being dispatched?
Our DCs for Bees Orchards will be dispatched in two stages – November 2021 and February 2022.
We are taking DCs for Bees Orchards from the Community Pot, when will we receive them?
Your Community Pot Orchards will be dispatched in either November 2021 or February 2022. You will recieve an email lettinng you know which delivery window in advance.
November Deliveries – Pallets of 10+ Orchards ONLY
Due to courier constraints pre Christmas, only pallet deliveries of 10 or more Orchards to single locations can be facilitated in November.
A minimum of 10 Orchards (50 trees) can be accommodated on a pallet.
An email will be sent to each recipient the week before dispatch.
February 2022 Deliveries
Individual orchards and grouped bundles of between 2 - 9 orchards will be
dispatched during the first 2 weeks of February 2022.
Large orders (10 or more orchards) can also be delivered if preferred.