The trees in our orchard rely on the hard work of a small band of carers for their very survival - with a little help from Mother Nature! For the past seven months dedicated tree-huggers have tended and watered them. Huge thanks and a round of applause to: Liz, Karl, Alix, Rosa, Luis, Tim, Anna, Hannah, Glyn and Nicky. We can hold off on the watering until Spring now whilst the trees sleep over the winter.
Without Hannah there would be no orchard on our estate - she approached the London Orchard Project back in 2011 and badgered Hackney Homes, managing to get us a grant of £1,000.
Anna watered "her" pear tree on Halidon Close diligently and was an enthusiastic member of the team. I hope they go on to find other projects and will spread the word about urban food-growing.
Now we welcome Wendy to our merry band. She will be tending two new(ish) pear trees on Dean Close. I've just discovered that she is a qualified agriculturalist - a great addition to the crew!
More tree-huggers needed!