While you are getting ready to head down to The Piggeries for our 2018 Tree Planting in time for a 10:00 start, I did some number crunching:
We will be adding 38 trees today, planting ten varieties of Apple and a total of eleven varieties of Cherry, Gage, Mulberry, Pear, Plum and Quince between the Osterley Lock Orchard and Glade Lane Canalside Park, including 14 new varieties.
The Orchard Trail will feature 13 different species of fruiting trees from 75 different varieties by the end of the day, not including preexisting adopted trees, a dozen of different fruit and nut varieties in approximately 200 metres of edible hedging and over one thousand native flower bulbs.
Who says numbers are boring?
By the way, please remember to boost our numbers today. Planting 38 trees in a stretch over 2 miles takes all the hands, shovels and spades we can get!
Oh, not tree planting again, I hear you sigh.
I very nearly thought the same, but then I clicked and watched and loved it!
Our very own videographer Steve made a clip documenting how our Friends of Horsenden Hill planted over 7000 trees this December, complete with aerial footage, soup kitchen, spoon carving and face painting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apMKGVbFlD4. Great job, Steve!
We have only 38 trees to plant this year and can’t hope to compete with some of their facilities and attractions, but nevertheless hope that you will come and help on Saturday February 10th, 2018, 10 o’clock, starting at The Piggeries.
And we make some pretty good cakes, too!
Oh, but one thing: we have a lovely ranger in our ranks, too, but we do not always do as he says 🙂
The forecast promises a dull but rain-free day, so why not come and brighten-up the Orchard Trail with Mirjam’s guided audio-visual walking experience, or get those cobwebs out of the old bones and help with the winter pruning?
Absolutely no experience is necessary as we strive to achieve pruning knowledge equilibrium: we will teach you what you need to know unless you are in a position to teach us. All levels, ages and abilities are welcome.
We hope you’ll join our first activity of the year, followed by a discussion of all things orchard over some fruity refreshments at The Fox.
Come meet us today Saturday January 13th, 2018, 11:00 at the Osterley Lock Orchard.
Welcome back from the festive season, and a very Happy New Year to all!
Here’s a great opportunity to start with those new year resolutions, to be an active part of the orchard trail, to help improve our local area and preserve some of our local nature gems. It’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s free!
Come and join our
Winter Pruning & Guided Tour
Saturday January 13th, 2018 11:00
Meet 11:00 at the Osterley Lock Orchard and join a guided tour, or join the active workforce for the 2018 winter pruning. No experience necessary but suitable clothing for either activity is recommended.
The guided tour is the perfect opportunity to explore the orchard trail if you haven’t had a chance in a while.
The pruning group will look after apples, pears, quinces and medlars from Osterley Lock to Blackberry Corner. We’ll have some tools but you’re welcome to bring your own pair of secateurs, gloves, and so on.
Both groups hope to retire to The Fox ~14:00 for refreshments.
Join us today for the final 2017 effort to tidy up The Piggeries Orchard in preparation of… wait for it… in preparation of… drumroll… in preparation of the 2018 Piggeries Orchard tree planting!
We have been working with Ealing Council and Thames Water who identified that problems exist with the drains that deal with surface water in St Margaret’s Road and in the immediate area. We understand that they are looking for a long term solution. However, as less unwanted water has been entering the Piggeries site we infer they may have found a temporary fix that at least reduces the problem, and we are optimistic that we can plant the Piggeries Orchard trees on February 24th. Today, we’ll be preparing the site by removing more bramble and nettle, stones, brick, rubble and metal in our last work Saturday for this year.
Please join us at The Piggeries 11:00.
Wear suitable clothing and shoes, bring gardening gloves and tools such as digging forks, secateurs or trimming hoes if you can. We hope to finish with refreshments at The Fox at around 14:00.
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
There’s more to life than weed bashing and tree watering, you know? To proof the point, we sent a delegation to party at the Museum of London, celebrating their City Now City Future season and their The City is Ours exhibition.
We are pleased to be part of the season, exhibition and the party. A digital display showcasing 25 initiatives to “fix the city” includes our project, and our very own Mirjam van Bentum will present the orchard trail on 31-August-2017, 13:00-14:00, at the Museum.
Visitors will be able to pick up copies of our self-guided orchard trail walk brochures at the museum. You’re of course welcome to find out who we are for yourself, right in the heart of Hanwell’s area of outstanding beauty. Come join us and help fix the city!