Status and Schedule

Scheduled Work

Tree Tending Tuesday evenings, every week from spring to autumn. Everyone is welcome our light weekly orchard maintenance activity and social evening, see below for location.

Tree Tending Tuesdays are re-starting April 2nd, 2019.

Please watch this space or join our volunteer email list for announcements.

Saturday Orchard Love is now scheduled for the second Saturday in a month. We hope this will accommodate many volunteers with conflicting commitments on the first Saturday in every month.


Alternative: help Southall Transition plant in Spikesbridge Park, West Ave, Southall UB1 2AR 12:00 – 14:00

2-Apr 18:30TBATree Tending Tuesday
13-Apr 11:00Osterley Lock OrchardSpring clean


WhereLast ReportNotes
All Sites19-MaySome rabbit guards still keep disappearing and need replacing, occasional vandalism continues in Elthorne (13-May: tree #63, Pear ‘Beth’ snapped off). Hemlock, nettles and brambles are emerging everywhere but the trees look great. The general flora shows a much better diversity now.

Watering all new trees is necessary.

Osterley Lock7-AugTrees show signs to dry damage, we are busy keeping up with the watering. Other vegetation healthy but restrained thanks to the dry weather.
Elthorne Terrace10-JulyOur problem child with continued vandalism by four and two legged hare-brained creatures.

New trees quite desperate for water.

Elthorne Triangles10-JulyCleared nettles and hemlock, observing Japanese Knotweed in the northern triangle. (Rangers notified.)

Trees doing well, other vegetation healthy and restrained due to the dry weather.

The Piggeries29-AugLooking good!
 St. Margaret’s10-JulyHedge needs rescue from bindweed & Co, general TLC necessary.
Trumpers Field3-JulyLooking great!

Area surrounding trees has been cleared to reduce risk of fire damage.

Needs mulching, paths need cutting (nettles).

Jubilee Meadow7-AugLooking great! No dry damage on trees.

Area surrounding trees has been cleared to reduce risk of fire damage.

Blackberry Corner7-AugRangers and contractors did site maintenance, more clearing and removal of arisings needed.

Trees (and all other vegetation) show dry damage.

Area surrounding trees has been cleared to reduce risk of fire damage.

Many trees infected by a variety of insects and perhaps some fungal or bacterial infections; investigating options and planning on pheromone traps next year.

Some trees may be mislabelled and mispositioned on the map; to be corrected over time (perhaps after fruit emerges to help with identification).

Three Bridges Park9-July

Looking good if perhaps a little thirsty, grounds freshly cut by council contractor.

(Observed from across the canal.)

Glade Lane Canalside Park7-JuneUndergrowth cleared, trees look healthy.
Top Lock9-July-2017

Looking good.

(Managed by volunteer lock keepers.)

Bixley Triangle7-JuneStakes and wire guards are badly damaged, repair work under way.

Miscellaneous Dreams

Perhaps you did not have weeding or watering in mind. Perhaps you like the idea of re-creating scenes from historic postcards along the canal? Counting plant species? Researching local history?

Join the volunteer email or use our contact form to get in touch and let us know what you have in mind. We’ll gladly discuss everything, but we won’t promote your professional services.