Welcome to
Horfield Organic Community Orchard
growing fruit, community, learning, and wellbeing since 1998

Horfield Organic Community Orchard (HOCO) is an inspiring, pioneering, local food project that put down roots 26 years ago on an allotment site behind HMP Bristol. The orchard is home to more than 80 different fruiting trees. It was planned to show that local grown fruit can be eaten and enjoyed all year round.

HOCO is a grassroots example of resilience in a world living with climate chaos. We are adapting the ways we care for our trees to meet serious challenges to food production now, and for the future. Do you care about the future of food growing? Join us to support our work and take action with others on the ground.

Summer Orchard Open Day
Saturday 15 June, 2pm – 5pm

All welcome to find out what’s buzzing in the orchard! The orchard is open as part of the Get Growing Trail 2024, organised by Bristol Food Network. More information here.

  • Come and see the new pollinator-friendly areas recently planted as part of our community pollinator project, Bee Active, Bee Fruitful! Find out simple ways to enrich food sources for wild pollinators in urban gardens and allotments. This project is Bee Bold Community Pollinator Project part-funded by West of England Combined Authority (WECA). We are working with communities and nature to improve biodiversity and habitat for wild pollinators.
  • Learn to prune fruit trees – for beginners led by Shannon Smith. Introducing the basics of assessing, planning, and pruning trees for health and fruitfulness. 1-hour sessions at 2.30pm & 4pm. Please sign up to book your place in advance: https://tinyurl.com/pruning-fruit-trees-taster
  • Art in the Orchard led by Julian Gregg. Changing seasons and human activity inspire Julian’s watercolours, drawings and prints. All budding artists are welcome to enjoy this friendly plein air session. Bring your own art making materials, along with drinking water. Drop-in from 3pm to 5pm.

New to fruit growing? Keen to learn more about pruning, lively soils, caring for trees in a climate crisis, and making the most of the harvest? HOCO hosts Orchard Learning courses and seasonal Pruning workshops. Hands-on Growing Season Pruning courses are offered in August. Find out more: Orchard Learning

Read more about HOCO and the fruit we grow in the Orchard.
See photographs of our beautiful orchard in the Gallery.

All are welcome to our community celebrations and public events. We Wassail in January, invite you to enjoy our Summer Orchard Open Day in June, and celebrate the harvest at Apple Day in October.

The orchard is cared for by Harvest-share members, who are active volunteers. Members look after the trees, site and structures. They also organise projects, seasonal celebrations and and do the admin that helps the group and the orchard to thrive.

Join as an active Member for hands-on learning about fruit growing, green exercise in a beautiful space, and a share of the delicious fruit.

Harvest-share ‘divi’ day – October 2019
Apple Day 2022 – cutting apples for juicing

Friends of HOCO Members support the orchard with their membership subscriptions, donations, and help at events. HOCO Membership is open to individuals, households and organisations. Join us to support local, community food growing.

The orchard is home to The Apple Tree Lady. Get in touch with this home-grown fruit tree and orchard expert here to arrange a visit to your garden, allotment or community growing project.

Read about HOCO and Join us to turn Bristol into an Orchard city.

Read about the orchard here

See Gallery of photos

Find the orchard here

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Growing season pruning workshop – 2018
HOCO Wassail, January 2024 – tying clouties to the Old Apple Tree
Preparing the Home Orchard Plot – 2016
Pressing juice at a Working Meeting