Join us in the first days of March to create a lasting community resource for south London: the Brixton Orchard.

We have been working with the Open Orchard Project to transform a neglected patch of grass on one of London’s busiest roads. The work is commissioned by the Brixton Business Improvement District (BID), with funding from the Mayor of London’s Air Quality Fund.

As winter gives way to spring (27/2 – 4/3), we will be planting over 30 fruit trees and hundreds of edible hedgerow plants with local people.

Creating this green oasis involves a range of tasks, suitable for a wide range of participants, offering the chance to learn new skills and knowledge in:

– Planting 35 fruit trees in a range of sizes, mulching and watering them (learn how to get fruit trees off to the best start)

– Building natural tree guards and a circular bench from sustainably coppiced sweet chestnut (improve your carpentry skills and learn about working with natural, native, sustainable wood using traditional methods)

– Planting hundreds of young edible hedgerow plants (learn about native British plants that provide food for humans and animals alike)

– Planting hundreds of flowering bulbs (ideal for people with knees that love getting muddy!)

You can find out more and sign up for specific sessions here.

And once the site is complete, we will be running regular orchard-eer training sessions throughout the year, teaching people how to care for an enjoy fruit trees on their doorstep.

We hope to see you there!

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