INVITATION & FORMAT NOTICE
Notice is hereby given of the third Annual General Meeting of the Hanwell & Norwood Green Orchard Trail, which will be held at 19:30 on Tuesday 14th November 2017 at 72, St Margaret’s Road, Hanwell W7 2HF.
All members of the Hanwell & Norwood Green Orchard Trail are entitled to attend and vote at the AGM. Please contact us to confirm your attendance. There is no charge for attendance at the AGM.
The complete notice and agenda can be found here (pdf).
We have all been looking forward to this Saturday’s picnic and birthday party in the meadows. We’ve also been monitoring the weather forecast.
With a forecast of pretty miserable weather, storms as high as 48 miles per hour and a severe Met Office weather warning in place, we think it prudent to cancel this Saturday’s autumn orchard picnic.
With the knowledge that it is better to be safe than sorry, we suggest you stay at home, stay dry, stay warm, stay safe.
We must have ticked some boxes with the judges and are now pleased and proud to report that London in Bloom awarded the Osterley Lock Orchard with thriving in the It’s your Neighbourhood category.
Thriving, we are proud to add, is just one tiny little step short of outstanding.
Our thanks to everyone who encouraged or helped with this fabulous project. Why not come and help celebrate at
Saturday October 21
Autumn Picnic and Birthday Party
in Jubilee Meadow by the sheep, from 13:00.
Bring a friend, a spouse, a child or a neighbour. Bring a drink and something to eat for the sharing table if you like, but please be prepared to take leftovers back with you as we hate waste. You’re also welcome to come empty handed, as there’s always plenty and more to go round.
Most importantly, bring yourself. See you there!
Adam “Seed Detective” Alexander returns with a talk about saving seed from your own garden or allotment plants. Our friends from the Billet Hart Allotment Association have kindly extended their invitation to members of the Hanwell and Norwood Green Orchard Trail once again.
Some of us have seen Adam in action in his previous lecture and thoroughly enjoyed an informative and inspiring evening.
Friday 29th September 2017, 19:00 (doors), 19:30 (talk starts). The talk will take approximately one hour, followed by questions and answers.
A glass of wine or soft drink is included in the £10 fee.
See their flyer for detail and booking.
Have you always wanted to know how the Orchard trail started?
Are you interested in what we do week after week, month after month and year after year to maintain the orchards along the canal?
Do you want to know what other projects are featured in the museum of London exhibition?
Come to our lunchtime session in the London Museum! Full detail at http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/event-detail?id=122408
… and maybe have a walk around the City Now City Future exhibition afterwards to explore how others shape the city: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/citynowcityfuture
The Billets Hart Allotments Association kindly extends their invitation for a talk and demonstration about fruit tree care to members of the Hanwell and Norwood Green Orchard Trail.
Talk and discussion will be lead by renowned RHS Fruit Group Chair and Advisor Gerry Edwards, Wednesday 12th July 2017, 19:00 at the Communal Plot within the Billets Hart Allotments, Green Lane, Hanwell.
A donation of £4 for every non plot holder is suggested, fruit based snacks and drinks are welcome at the sharing table. Fruity, fruity!
We liked this article about KEEPING URBAN TREES HEALTHY DURING DRY TIMES. It states that the
mortality of urban landscape trees frequently reaches 30% in the first year after planting, sometimes rising to 70%, with both lack of water and sub-optimal soils usually to blame.
Lack of water? Check!
Sub-optimal soil? Check!
Our fruit tree mortality rate is approximately 1%. Yes, one percent. An additional two or three percent thanks to vandals. Not even the rabbits accomplished that much even though we all know full well that they were trying!
We must be doing something right, and we are a tiny little bit pleased about that.
We’ll be mulching today at Osterley Lock Orchard. Why not come over to join the fun and help keep that mortality rate down? You’ll find us right here from 11:00 today.
Bring wheelbarrows or digging forks for mulching if you can, buckets for watering or scythes, slashers, gloves and secateurs for weed control. Or just bring yourself! No experience necessary; full training given right there and then in under one minute.
Did I just hear another record being broken?
Have you seen our brand new
Self-guided Orchard Trail Walk
We are often asked about the orchard trail. Brilliant, folks would tell us, we love the idea, but where is it? Can I walk along it?
You always could, but you can now follow the trail with our new the orchard trail brochure! The brochure breaks the walk down into four easy segments, and guides you through a series of different habitats and hidden nature treasures in Hanwell, Norwood Green and Southall.
You can download the brochure for free from here. We will distribute paper copies in the local libraries and similar locations soon, watch out for those, too!
We hope to see you along the trail soon.
You are of course very welcome to help with the maintenance tasks along the trail, too. We meet every Tuesday evening and every first Saturday in a month, at times and in locations published in the side bar on this website. Anyone is welcome to come along. No fees, no pressure, no experience necessary. Give as much time or as little time as you can, and you’ll be rewarded with the warm feeling of having done something good.
We’ll be a-working today, Saturday 3-June-2017, from 11:00 in Blackberry Corner (later also at Osterley Lock). Join us and earn your free paper copy of this fabulous brochure!
It’s the famous and famously informal
Tomorrow, Sunday May 14, 2017, from 12:00
… and usually in mostly fine weather!
Bring a drink and food to the sharing table, bring a picnic blanket, a smile, a child and a friend! We’ll be by the sheep in Jubilee Meadows (map) and look forward to enjoying a relaxed Sunday in the company of friends, right in the heart of the most beautiful Spring meadows.
You can reach us on foot from the entrance at Trumpers Way by the railway line, or across the lock behind the Fox Inn, Green Lane. (Click for location and access details.) Get in touch with us if you need special assistance.
Bring food and drink to the sharing table if you like. Please bring only as much as your own party would consume and be prepared to take leftovers back.
Please join our
Meadow Mulching Extravaganza
Today from 10:00.
We’ll be moving and applying woodchip and straw for mulching all across the Hanwell Meadows and, headcounts permitting, the Piggeries. Mulching suppresses weed growth, helps preserve moisture and composts down into nutritious food for the tree.
We can take any help we can get!
All you need is wear sensible clothes and sturdy shoes. Bring gardening gloves, digging forks, buckets or wheelbarrows if you can. Bring a friend, a packed lunch and a bit of sunshine. We’ll be done in time for the Hanwell Hootie!
Meet with us at 10:00 in Jubilee Meadow by the railway crossing (map), or find us at any time somewhere in the meadows.
Update 09-May-2017: Here are some photos, thanks to James: