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Helping Britain Blossom continues to support groups across London

A wintry weekend in London didn’t prevent two groups of volunteers planting community orchards with the support of Helping Britain Blossom. At Child’s Hill Park, Barnet, and Happy Valley, Redbridge, volunteers got together to create orchards in their local communities.

Thanks to the hard work of the locals and the support of Helping Britain Blossom Child’s Hill, Barnet planted its first trees for the community to enjoy. 15 trees were planted – two almond, two Morello cherry, two pear, two quince and seven apple trees.

Orchard Leader, and chairman of the Friends group, Ingrid Posen, was on hand to help plant the first tree of the orchard at the official planting ceremony. As part of the planting day activities, the group also celebrated Tu B’Shvat, the Jewish New Year for Trees.

Orchard Leader Ingrid Posen said: “The community group has been working together since the summer of 2013 to help transform the Child’s Hill Park, and we’re really excited to have officially added an orchard to that space now too. We are very grateful to our wonderful group of volunteers and Helping Britain Blossom for coming together and making this happen.”

Across town, a community group in Happy Valley, Redbridge, also planted its first 13 trees, as well as a wildflower meadow, to help attract pollinators to the orchard. Francis Castro, Senior Nature Conservation Ranger of the Nature Conservation Team at Redbridge Council, was on hand to help 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.”

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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