This is a large orchard of around 150 trees that were originally managed like a commercial orchard – probably unique in London!
What Can You Find There:
Around 150 trees planted in 10 rows in the 1960’s or 1970’s including;
- Bramley’s Seedling
- Ida Red
- Golden Delicious
- Arthur Turner
- Where can you find it: Mill Hill, north west London
- Can I visit: Privately Owned and only accessible to orchard volunteers
- Orchard owner & carer: Landowner & local volunteers
The current orchard was planted in the late 1960s or 1970s and was originally part of a farm, including a dairy herd, pigs, chickens and vegetable plots. The orchard became neglected but is now managed by local volunteers.
Biodiversity Highlights & Habitat
Many birds visit the orchard, including green woodpecker, field fare, redwing, grey wagtail, dunnock, goldcrest, and woodcock.
Community Around the Orchard
Local residents and local allotment holders.
The Orchard Project has worked with local residents since 2016 to clear brambles, prune the trees, identify and label the varieties, and harvest the fruit. We ran a grafting workshop at the nearby allotments and introduced the orchard to a local primary school. Together we have run an annual community barbeque and apple day.