Community plant orchard at Edgware housing development 

Seven different types of fruit tree were planted by local volunteers

Tree planting in progress on green space surrounded by modern residential buildings
The orchard planting in progress

Edgware residents and community groups came together to support a local initiative, grabbing their shovels to help plant a range of fruit trees at a residential development. 

Over 30 volunteers took part in the planting day on Lacey Drive, adding trees to an unused open space outside of residents’ homes.which will allow fresh produce to grow throughout the coming months.  Seven different variations of fruit trees were planted, and each type will be fruiting at different times throughout the growing season. 

The event was organised by Stonegrove Community Trust along with FirstPort, which manages the residential development, and Edgware Green Evolution and was part funded by The Orchard Project.  Diggers and sowers on the day included local residents, volunteers from Barnet Football Club’s Walking Football Group and even young volunteers from a local nursery.

Poppy Fishman, Environmental Projects Co-Ordinator at Stonegrove Community Trust said: “It was a lovely atmosphere with all ages joining in, we hope these trees will bear fruit for many years to come and provide delicious fruit for the community to use. A special thanks to the Orchard Project for helping to fund the project. 

“We have already started putting together a plan for how we’ll care for all the trees and fruit bushes throughout the year. Our group meet every Wednesday so please do get in touch if you’re interested in learning more or helping.” 

Gary Horton, Buildings Manager at FirstPort commented: “It was a great day, doing something proactive, and meeting people from around the development and the local area. It’s nice to get people involved in planting the trees, and It’ll be nice to watch them grow and see how they develop.” 

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