We are working with the Canal & River Trust to clear and prepare the grounds of the old lock keeper’s cottage garden of lock 98, Osterley Lock, for planting of the new Lock Keeper’s Cottage Orchard. [click for map]
Nothing remains of the lock keeper’s cottage today. It was demolished some time in the 70s or 80s, but you can still find traces and surviving fruit trees of the old cottage garden.
Follow this link to two short audio pieces recorded by the Canal Museum, interviews with Steven Carr. Steven spent the first 7 years of his life in the lock keeper’s house by lock 98, and still lives in a lock keeper’s cottage along the Hanwell flight of locks! [click for the interviews]
After the cottage was demolished, nature’s army of brambles and nettles overtook the abandoned cottage garden, but traces remain. A rather large pear tree can easily be seen from the tow path. On 15 October 2015, volunteers from a local business worked with the Canal and River Trust and Ealing Park Rangers to clear the ground and open up sight lines beside Osterley Lock. We are excited by the opportunity to cooperate with the Canal & River Trust and to establish, or re-establish, the Lock Keeper’s Cottage Orchard as a public community orchard for everyone to enjoy.
We will be looking for volunteers to help with planting in February and watering during the hot months, so watch this space for a perfect opportunity to revive this site.
Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped with this brilliant effort!
We can’t wait to see our plans come to fruition.