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A New Orchard for the Orchard Squares Community Food Garden

Last winter, in our first Helping Britain Blossom planting season, we helped add an extension to an existing orchard and food growing project in south London, the Orchard Squares Community Food Garden.

We paid them a visit last week to see how their new orchard is getting on, and were treated to a display of glossy green leaves and tiny mulberry fruits!

The Orchard Project worked with members of this community to plant an orchard three years ago on the aptly named Orchard Estate in Lewisham, south London. Watching the group and orchard flourish we knew that they would be the perfect custodians of a Helping Britain Blossom orchard when it turned out they had another green space that was in desperate need of some love.
On the planting day, back in February, Orchard Leader Siobhan Lennon said:

“The community group has been working together since the summer of 2012 to help transform this disused area of the estate. We’re really excited to see the first trees planted in our new orchard, which will not only be open to the residents, but also the public.
We hope the new orchard will continue to bring the community closer together and provide a more enjoyable space for people in the borough to live and play in. We are very grateful to our wonderful group of volunteers and Helping Britain Blossom for helping to make this happen.”

The Orchard Squares Community Food Garden is a thriving example of what can be done with disused urban green spaces. We look forward to coming back and sampling the mulberries soon!

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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