Southall Recreation Ground Orchard – Officially Declared ‘Open’

Children, teachers & parents from the local nursery and nearby schools planted the first batch of trees and hedges at Southall Recreation Ground on 1st March 2017. The job was then completed by members of the public on 4th March 2017.

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A new interpretation board was unveiled by the Mayor of Ealing, Cllr. Dr. Patricia Walker with help from local councillors Kamaljit Dhindsa and Swarn Kang. The Mayor said “I think it will be absolutely superb for children to come and spend time with all this beauty that will be growing up all around them”.

As a result of everyone’s efforts there are now 41 new fruit trees and 50 metres worth of fruiting shrubs at Southall Recreation Ground. Varieties include: Apple, damson, hazel, blackthorne, mirabelle, gage, plum, quince, pear and more.

Our partners in this phase of the project included Ealing Council’s Park Rangers, The Tree Council and Greenfields Nursery School & Children’s Centre . We are also grateful for the support provided by Clifton Primary School and Featherstone High School.

Our funding for this phase was supplied by Near Neighbours. Thanks also to Noon Products/ Kerry Foods for donating to the project.

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The Southall Orchard Project gets recognition from the My Playgreen Scheme

The Southall Orchard Project was one of 14 projects across greater London that were selected to receive the ‘My Playgreen’ award for “Creating access to trees and green spaces for children in urban environments”. The award from the King Baudouin Foundation and Timberland includes a £5000 grant to help further the project and was collected by the Project Lead Mani Dhanda and committee member Andre Rungen at a ceremony which took place at the Impact Hub in London on Tuesday 14th March 2017.

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From left to right: Aurelie Dumont, Mani Dhanda, Andre Rungen. Photo courtesy of Project Dirt

Aurelie Dumont, Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Senior Manager at Timberland said “We believe in the power of community groups to turn their neighbourhoods into green. This is why we have chosen to reward small-scale projects and those citizens and local charities that work hard to make a difference in their communities. Local groups often lack the seed money to get started but with small support they can have a huge impact around them.

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The Southall Recreation Ground is all set for a new Community Orchard

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The Southall Orchard Project is a community led initiative aimed at planting fruiting orchards throughout Southall. The goal is to have at least five publicly accessible orchards in place by 2020.

Following on from the successful implementation of the first community orchard in Southall Park last year, we are now on the verge of implementing phase 2 of the project at Southall Recreation Ground.

On Wednesday 1st March 2017, parents, children and teachers from local children’s centres and nearby schools will help plant the first batch of up to 45 fruit trees which will include multiple varieties of apples, pears, plums, damsons and more. Additionally, a variety of fruiting hedges (supplied by the Tree Council) will also be planted.

The orchard will then be completed with help from the wider community and Ealing Council’s Park Rangers on Saturday 4th March, 10am-3pm with an official ‘opening’ by the Mayor of Ealing Cllr. Dr. Patricia Walker. All are welcome to attend.

The planting event coincides with the ‘Great British Spring Clean Up’ so there will also be a litter pick around the park.

If you would like to help plant the orchard, you can reserve your place by sending an expression of interest to info@southalltransition.org (this is not compulsory but would be appreciated).

Volunteers are asked to ensure that they wear sturdy foot wear and dress appropriate for the weather. Tools will be provided. All volunteers will also receive free refreshments.

Southall Recreation Ground is accessible from Recreation Rd, The Common, Tachbrook Rd and Florence Rd UB2.

 

 

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Incredible Edible

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‘Incredible Edible’ is a very successful community led urban food growing scheme which began in the market town of Todmorden in the north of England. From humble beginnings in 2007, the scheme has spread far and wide resulting in numerous Incredible Edible food growing sites across the globe.

This year we have joined forces with Ealing Transition in an attempt to bring Incredible Edible to west London. We were delighted to have Pam Warhust from Incredible Edible as our keynote speaker on Thursday 26th January at the Dominion Centre in Southall.

You can learn more about Incredible Edible at http://incredibleediblenetwork.org.uk/

This event took place at:

The Dominion Centre, 112 The Green, Southall, UB2 4BQ.

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The Bixley Triangle Story

The Bixley Triangle is a small area next to the Grand Union Canal near the Bixley Field allotments. For many years, the Triangle had been overgrown and frequented by drug users and rough sleepers.

In 2013, Greenfields Children’s Centre artists-in-residence, Rosie Potter and Kirstie Reid, put forward a proposal to transform the triangle by clearing it and placing sculptures there. In 2015 Southall Transition, having heard about this proposal, decided we would help to make it a reality.

Consequently, following talks with Catalyst Housing, the Metropolitan Police, Ealing Park Rangers, Greenfields Children’s Centre, Hope for Southall Street Homeless, The Hanwell and Norwood Green Orchard Trail Group and the Canal & River Trust, the area was recently cleared and levelled.

 

 

On Tuesday 10th May, we joined our partners to finish the clean up process before reseeding the area with help from children from Greenfields Children’s Centre and regulars from Southall Community Garden.

It was a very wet day so we were pleasantly surprised at the good turn out. We were informed that the weather was actually perfect for reseeding. The Norwood Green councillors, Cllr Rajinder Mann, Cllr Gurmit Mann and Cllr Mohammad Aslam also came along and helped to plant the first of three fruit trees which were graciously donated by the Hangot group.

We are also considering planting some fruiting hedges and still hope to see the sculptures materialise at some point in the not too distant future.

Southall Transition are very grateful to all our partners and volunteers for helping to transform this site for the benefit of the community.

 

 

 

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Southall Park Orchard – Officially Declared Open

On 5th March 2016 we successfully completed phase 1 of the Southall Orchard Project. The Mayor of Ealing, Cllr Harbhajan Kaur Dheer returned to unveil a new ‘interpretation board’. We were also joined by the Mayor’s consort and Deputy Leader of Ealing Council, Cllr Ranjit Dheer,  Varendra Sharma, MP for Ealing Southall, Dr Onkar Sahota, GLA member for Ealing and Hillingdon and Cllr Swarn Kang

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In addition to help from the Ealing Park Rangers and the Tree Council, we were again joined by Southall Community Alliance for this final stage of planting. The real stars however were the many local people who came from all over Southall and nearby towns. Luckily the damp weather did not dampen the mood of those who attended and actually had great fun working together in an outdoor setting. It was particularly uplifting to see so many young and elderly people showing the way, in how communities can look after their towns and environments.

Susan Wyatt, Community Champions Coordinator at Ealing Council runs the ‘Tree Warden’ scheme for the borough. She said “there was a lot of camaraderie and fun to be had in just a few hours” and “what a legacy to leave to future generations!”.

As a result of every ones efforts, Southall Park now boasts 44 fruit/nut trees and over 2000 fruiting hedges of various varieties. We now look forward to seeing the community benefit when it becomes time to harvest.

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Southall Park Orchard almost complete

The Southall Park Orchard nears completion. On 6th February more fruiting hedges were planted in another section of the park. These were complimented by apple and pear trees. Thanks again to all our fantastic volunteers.

Phase one of the Southall Orchard Project will be completed on 5th March 2016. The Mayor of Ealing, Harbhajan Kaur Dheer will return for the official opening of the community orchard.

Please join us at Southall Park from 11am. Registered volunteers will receive free refreshments.

 

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Shrubs planted at Southall Park

Saturday 23rd January 2016

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On Saturday 23rd January our volunteers were hard at work again. The next phase in the creation of the Southall Park Orchard entailed the planting of shrubs around the periphery of Villiers High School and their Multi Use Games Area. Students from the school were on hand to assist.

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What’s Next?

The Southall Park Community Orchard is now well under way but not yet complete. More trees are coming to Southall Park. The next planting days are on:

Saturday 6th February 2016, 11am.

A large number of fruit trees and fruiting hedges will be planted.

Saturday 5th March 2016, 11am.

Phase one of the Southall Orchard Project will be completed and the Southall Park Community Orchard will be officially opened by The Mayor of Ealing and other dignitaries. A new ‘interpretation board’ will also be unveiled. We expect over a hundred people to attend this event.

 

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