I met some of the lovely London Orchard Project team at a Wild festival in Richmond Park just outside of central London in May this year. Saddened by the decline in home grown Orchards due to cheap fruit imports and pressure on land, the London Orchard Project has decided to take decisive action and attempt to reinstate the cultivation of Orchards and fruit trees in The Capital with the help of volunteer groups. In their words:
‘City Orchards make Londoners self-sufficient, reduce food miles, act as carbon sinks and encourage wildlife. Managing orchards and picking fruits brings communities closer to nature. And it’s fun.’
They hold training days on topics such as Everything you need to know about growing fruit trees in urban spaces’, ‘Apple ID’ and “Planting fruit trees in your garden” which are open to the public and even have a crusher and an apple press which are available for public use (particularly in demand around the 21st October which is also known as ‘Apple Day’).
If you’re interested in attending any of their events or training days, becoming a volunteer or Orchard leader or donating to the project then you can get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting http://thelondonorchardproject.org/contact-us