Last month Lewis McNeill celebrated ten years of working at The Orchard Project. Over this time, Lewis has built up a considerable reputation among the London community gardening sector and is well-respected for his impressive knowledge of fruit tree care and permaculture approaches. It’s amazing that Lewis’ passion for community orchards remains as strong as […]
The delicious Hounslow Wonder apple was once a forgotten variety, with the known population of these trees at a total of just four in the UK! Fortunately, The Orchard Project is working with community orchards in Hounslow to bring back their local heritage apple. Our London Project Manager, Jack McCrickard, explains his quest to save […]
What do Bismarck, Lord Derby and Arthur W Barnes have in common? (Answer below the image…) …They are all heritage apple varieties that go into our hand-pressed London juice and cider! One of the many things which makes our Local Fox Cider so unique, is that it’s made entirely of apples and pears grown […]
Last week we held the public launch of one of the most important initiatives taken to protect London’s orchard heritage: a brilliant project that we have called A Celebration of Orchards. With Heritage Lottery backing The Orchard Project have begun an ambitious and important endeavour to stop the decline of London’s orchards. For our launch […]
What did the Celebration of Orchards team discover when they went searching for London’s hidden orchards?
Lewis recently caught up with project friend and all-round orchard maestro Bob Lever aka ‘Orchard Bob’.
Last winter we planted 34 trees to celebrate the achievements of the Team GB Paralympic athletes. This is the story behind the new orchard. The Background The 2012 Paralympic and Olympic games showed the world that these islands are great at parties. It all opened with the country dancing and village fayre of Danny Boyle’s […]
This winter we planted three trees with a remarkable history within the new orchard at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, read on to find out more…
This is part two of our blog about our trip to Russia in 2014 – made in the spirit of friendship between people interested in orchards. See here for part one to read about how Kath, Ken, Russell, Stephanie and I taught Russian children how to bob for apples and learned about how much the […]