The Southall Orchard Project

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This project was initiated by attendees of our Grand Launch event back in March 2015. These locals were inspired enough to club together with the intention of increasing the number of fruit bearing trees throughout the town.

The project was originally given the working title of ‘Fruit Trees for Southall’ but has since become known as ‘The Southall Orchard Project’. In addition to planting orchards to increase foraging opportunities and create greater abundance, it is hoped that our volunteers will also help to keep our public parks tidy for the benefit of the whole community.

We envision our parks and green spaces filled with a variety of fruit/nut trees and fruiting hedges which will provide free food for local people to enjoy. We intend to create a number of new orchards in Southall as follows:

Phase Park Time Period
1 Southall Park Dec 2015 – Mar 2016
2 Southall Recreation Ground Dec 2016 – Mar 2017
3 Jubilee Park Pending
4 Spikes Bridge Park Pending
5 Golf Links Estate Pending

The project was launched during National Tree Week . The first planting day was on 5th December 2015 at Southall Park. We met at 11am by ‘the Globe’ artwork (located towards the southern end of Southall Park).

We believe that well maintained community orchards are great because they:

1. Help to combat pollution and improve air quality.
2. Improve the health of the populace through increased access to fresh food.
3. Increase foraging opportunities for local people.
4. Create greater abundance and food security.
5. Make the area more attractive.
7. Provide shade in summer.
8. Provide a habitat for birds and other wildlife.
9. Help children to reconnect with their food.

Southall Transition have partnered with the Tree Council who have provided the necessary expertise to get this project under way with additional help from Ealing Council’s park rangers and the Community Champions Coordinator.

We are recruiting local volunteers to help plant the orchards. Students from nearby schools and children from local scout groups have helped and are likely to be joining us again at various stages of the project.

We hope to train our volunteers to a high standard so that they can become ‘Tree Wardens’ and continue to care for the trees beyond the initial planting stage. Some of the fruit will be harvested by our volunteers and shared with the community.

How you can help:

If you would like to get involved there are a number of things you can do.

Volunteer

To participate, please contact us and reserve your place at the next planting day. All registered volunteers will receive free refreshments.

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If you are a business and would like to sponsor this project, please contact us

All queries should be directed to the *Project Delivery Manager: Mani Dhanda on 07404 141 603.

*Please note that Southall Transition is run entirely by volunteers.