Funding for Phase 3 of Quantocks Orchard Project: ‘At the Core of the Quantocks’


Peter Coates has received additional AHRC funding for Phase 3 of his ongoing project on Orchards in the Quantocks that is being pursued in conjunction with the Quantock Hills AONB Service. Phase 3 – ‘At the Core of the Quantocks: Wider Dissemination of the Fruits of the Orchard Mapping Project’ – will spread the findings of the Orchard Project (funded to date by AHRC, the Quantock Hills Sustainable Development Fund and the University of Bristol’s Lady Edith Smythe Bequest for horticultural research) more widely and through different media, and heighten awareness of Quantock orchards as a multiple-value resource. ‘At the Core’ revolves around an event to be held on Saturday 19 October 2013 – two days before National Apple Day (21 October, which also happens to be Coleridge’s birthday).

This event will include an Apple Poetry session (‘Let Your Creative Juices Flow’), featuring poetry commissioned specially for the occasion. This will be organized in conjunction with Peter’s colleague in Bristol’s English Department, Ralph Pite, a specialist on Coleridge, eco-criticism and the literature of place, as well as the Bristol Poetry Institute (venue: AONB Service headquarters at Fyne Court, Broomfield).

The award covers Investigator time and travel costs; the services of a locally-based event organizer; publicity and promotional materials; event coverage by 10Radio, Somerset’s first not-for-profit community radio station (based in Wiveliscombe); and honoraria for poets.

The Network’s partnership with the Quantock Hills AONB service and the Orchard Project will also benefit from a separate AHRC award recently made to one of Peter’s colleagues in Bristol’s History Department (Robert Bickers). ‘Research for Community Heritage – Phase 2’, part of the Connected Communities initiative, builds on the ‘Know Your Bristol, Know Your Place’ research development grant in which Peter was also involved (working specifically with Bristol Zoo). One of the two strands of work to be pursued under this new project involves a collaboration between the AONB service and Horfield Organic Community Orchard (located in Bristol), which will explore links between urban orchards and rural orchards as well as community orchard practices, past, present and future. Marianna Dudley will be working with Peter on this project.

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