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A Happy New Orchard in Happy Valley

A cold weekend at the end of January saw a community group in Happy Valley, Redbridge, London, plant an orchard of thirteen trees alongside a new wildflower meadow that will attract pollinators to the orchard.

Francis Castro, Senior Nature Conservation Ranger of the Nature Conservation Team at Redbridge Council, helped plant the first tree of the orchard at the official planting ceremony.  Local people have been working together to help transform the southern end of Happy Valley and create an orchard in that space for all of the community to enjoy.

Francis shared with us:

“Today is an amazing milestone in the journey of our community orchard. We are so pleased to have our first trees planted and greatly appreciate the support of our wonderful volunteers and for Helping Britain Blossom for working with us, to help bring our orchard to life.”

You can find out more about getting involved with nature conservation events and volunteering in Redbridge here.

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Why Orchards Orchards have played an important role in our communities for hundreds of years, providing a communal space for gatherings and celebrations. Find an Orchard Our ambition by 2017 is to help 100 communities to plant, care for and restore their own orchards. And to get things going, we're focusing on cities and towns in seven parts of the UK