In early November the London Orchard Project team visited the 100-year-old Norfolk orchard of our expert apple man Bob Lever, for a workshop on formative pruning techniques for apples and pears. It was a fun and interesting visit and we came away loaded with ideas, new skills and fresh eggs from Bob’s flock of ducks. […]
Do you know you could eat a different kind of British apple every day for six years? Our 7th October ‘London Orchard Festival’ gave hundreds of people the opportunity to try 111 varieties. New favourites are Kidd’s Orange Red, developed by the New Zealander who developed Gala, and Ard Cairn Russet, an old Irish variety […]
2012 Has been described as ‘awful’, ‘horrible’, and ‘the worst year for apples in living memory’ by UK apple growers. Some are reporting as little as 10% of their expected harvest and it’s predicted that the UK’s overall apple crop is down by 50%, with commercially important varieties such as Cox’s Orange Pippin and Egremont […]
We are launching a new variety of apple that has been developed specifically for London and we’re planting one hundred of the new trees in orchards in public spaces, parks and schools across London throughout the month of December 2012. We worked closely in partnership with the lovely nursery, ‘Trees for Life’ who have supplied many […]
One of the key principles of permaculture is observation. By observing the natural processes and interactions that take place in and around our gardens, allotments and orchards, we can learn from nature and design and interact (or not) accordingly.
Welcome to our first blog post all what we are up to planting, restoring and harvesting orchards in London.