Osterley Lock Expansion

(Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland)

(Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland)

Its time to get hands and boots dirty! Come help clear vegetation at the magnificent Osterley Lock Orchard and help plant 1000 flower bulbs to make the site even magnificenter!

Saturday December 17, 2016
10:00 to 14:00
Osterley Lock [map]

We’ll be cutting trees, removing litter, brambles and nettles, and we’ll build dry hedges around the perimeter. This is in preparation of an extension to the orchard with ten new fruit trees, to be planed February 4th, 2017.

We’ll be crushing and flailing some of the nettles in one part and pulling nettles in another. Be part of the historic experiment, which we hope will settle the ancient argument about effectiveness versus feasibility of these two methods!

We’ll also be making a start at planting one thousand light bulbs awarded to us by Bulbs for London, a Metropolitan Public Gardens Association initiative, for a colourful spring display.

Bring a drink and a snack if you like. Wear sturdy shoes and clothing, and bring a pair of gardening gloves if you can (for, or rather against, all those nettles and brambles). Bulb-planting tools or knee pads might also come handy.

See you on the 17th!