Status and Schedule

Scheduled Work

Tree Tending Tuesday evenings are suspended due to the early darkness until spring 2018, but there’re plenty of social activities and orchard tasks throughout the dark season. Please watch this space or join our volunteer email list for announcements.

Saturday Orchard Love will be suspended for December and will change to the second Saturday in a month, beginning in January. We hope this will accommodate many volunteers with conflicting commitments on the first Saturday in every month.

When Where What
Sat 13-Jan 11:00  Meet at Osterley Lock. Winter pruning and general tree care across the entire orchard trail.
Sat 10-Feb 10:00 Meet at The Piggeries. Planting Day!

We’ll be planting trees at Osterley Lock, in Elthorne Park, at The Piggeries, in St Margaret’s Open Space and in the Hanwell Meadows.

All hands on deck!


Where Last Report Notes
All Sites 12-July New labels are needed.
The watering tubes are inaccessible on some trees owing to enthusiastic mulching.
Osterley Lock 28-Oct Looking great!
Elthorne Terrace 28-Oct Trees near the rogue BBQ site need better rabbit guards.
Elthorne Triangles 28-Oct Partially cut manually.

Some rabbit guards need improving and adding.

The Piggeries 4-Nov Looking great!

Tree planting 24-Feb.

 St. Margaret’s 28-Oct Looking great!

We’ll remove the Hornbeam before it grows too big and plant a nice apple tree in its place in February.

Trumpers Field 28-Oct Looking great!
Jubilee Meadow 28-Oct Looking great!
Blackberry Corner 28-Oct Looking great!
Three Bridges Park 9-July Looking good if perhaps a little thirsty, grounds freshly cut by council contractor.
(Observed from across the canal.)
Glade Lane Canalside Park 28-Oct One tree needs replacing.
Top Lock 9-July Looking good.
(Managed by volunteer lock keepers.)
Bixley Triangle 6-July Trees in Bixley triangle are all doing well and have had additional watering.

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.