Diamonds In The Rough

This older apple tree was inaccessible last autumn due to shoulder high nettles! How cut free, able to get sunlight and air flow.

This older apple tree was inaccessible last autumn due to shoulder high nettles! Now cut free, able to get sunlight and air flow.

Several dedicated members of the Hanwell and Norwood Green Orchard Trail earned their keep this week. Or was it the beer they earned?

From St Margaret’s Open Space through several sites in Elthorne Waterside and down to the Osterley Lock Keeper’s Cottage Orchard, vegetation was cut back along the edges of access paths and fences, around the trees and in the general area. Previously cleared areas were extended in several places, some older fruit trees were freed of nettles and brambles and made accessible once more. Rubble, rubbish and fallen trees were removed in many places.

We hope this helps to keep the area well maintained and, by sheer virtue of being looked after, helps to minimise vandalism and fly tipping.

Anyone is welcome to join in with our weekly Tree Tending Tuesday. No experience necessary, not skills required, no membership required (although we will encourage you to sign up). See the sidebar to the right (or in the menu or at the bottom of the page for mobile phone users) or follow out Twitter for weekly Tuesday afternoon announcements and short-term notices.

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