New orchard for Victoria Park

volunteer planting

New trees will create a beautiful orchard.

In partnership with Tower Hamlets Council, Trees for Cities will plant 20 fruit trees and 10 nut trees at Victoria Park with residents on Saturday 30 March 2019 10am – 3pm.

The trees will create a beautiful orchard to support a rich habitat for wildlife and produce a free, delicious harvest. The 10 nut trees will be planted to create a tree trail.

Residents, including school children, were consulted earlier this year and voted for a variety of fruit trees to be planted in the orchard, including apples, pears and plums.

Other species including damson, quince and medlar will also be planted. All three tree species originate from what we now know as the Middle East, and are ancient. The medlar, for instance is thought to have been cultivated for as long as 3,000 years. The fruit from these trees used to feature heavily in diets of days gone by, so planting them in the park today is a reminder of their rich past.

Victoria Park is one of London’s oldest green spaces, visited by millions of Londoners for nearly 170 years. It is also a key link in a green corridor that stretches from the River Thames at Limehouse, along the Regents Canal and through Mile End Park, along with the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park virtually next door. 

Victoria Park was successful in retaining its Green Flag and Green Heritage Awards, for the seventh year in 2018 and once again voted as one of the top ten nation's favourite parks.

The new community orchard will make the park an even more valuable asset to Tower Hamlets.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “I am delighted that this beautiful orchard will be planted in the borough’s award winning Victoria Park. It’s great to see all the residents’ suggestions come into fruition, as it were, and I look forward to the harvest. It’s important to do whatever we can to improve local air quality and introduce benefits to our environment.  I encourage residents and visitors to join in the planting and dig in this Saturday.”

David Elliott, Chief Executive of Trees for Cities said: “Victoria Park has long been celebrated for its beauty and rich biodiversity. Now, with the new community orchard, the park will go further and provide a source of healthy, sustainable food to local communities. This is vital in making our cities greener places to live.”

The new trees are sponsored by MOJU, an East London based drinks company who work closely with Trees for Cities as part of their membership with 1% for the Planet.

Rich Goldsmith, Founder of MOJU said: “We’re immensely proud to be partnering with Trees for Cities and planting our very first urban fruit orchard and nut trail for our local community in London’s Victoria Park. This will stand for generations to come, providing locals with free fresh produce and giving new people a stake in nature.”

About the planting day

  • Tree planting will take place on Saturday 30 March 2019
  • Time: 10am-3pm.
  • Location: By the Old English Garden, Victoria Park E3 5TB.

 

 

Posted on Thursday 28th March 2019