Some 1,260 farmers choose the traditional orchard action for GLAS. This option was only available for farmers participating in the first tranche of the scheme. The deadline for planting apple trees is fast approaching, with 31 March 2017 being the cutoff date.

Catherine Keena from Teagasc says there are two main reasons why traditional orchards were supported under GLAS I. The main reason was to conserve the genetic resources and ensure the survival of old fruit varieties because many traditional varieties are no longer being grown commercially.