Help Plant a Community Orchard

10 February 2017

Written by: Urban Growth Learning Gardens

Better Lambeth - Environment - Focus on Brixton - Opportunities

The Brixton Orchard is a community project which aims to encourage more people to interact with and learn about the natural world on their doorstep – even in the unlikeliest of places, at one of London’s busiest junctions!

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Help Plant a Community Orchard

Creating this green oasis involves a range of tasks, suitable for a wide range of participants, offering the chance to learn new skills and knowledge in:

  • Planting 35 fruit trees in a range of sizes, mulching and watering them (learn how to get fruit trees off to the best start)
  • Building natural tree guards and a circular bench from sustainably coppiced sweet chestnut (improve your carpentry skills and learn about working with natural, native, sustainable wood using traditional methods)
  • Planting hundreds of young edible hedgerow plants (learn about native British plants that provide food for humans and animals alike)
  • Planting hundreds of flowering bulbs (ideal for people with knees that love getting muddy!)

How to get involved

The main days of volunteer work (tree planting and natural wood working) will be on:

  • Friday 3 March
  • Saturday 4 March.

As individuals or small groups, please arrive anytime from 9:30am and stay as long as you like (we finish at 5pm).

For groups over 5 people, please schedule your arrival and discuss your group’s priorities and abilities with us in advance.

There will also be smaller, shorter volunteer sessions on

  • Monday 27 February – 1pm till 4pm
  • Tuesday 28 February – 1pm till 4pm

Please wear clothing appropriate for the weather and for manual work on slippery grass.

We will supply all tools required, including gloves, but if you have your own please do bring them along.

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