Isleworth comes into bloom with orchard planting scheme

Hounslow Council, in partnership with Trees for Cities, has launched an initiative to engage local community groups to plant fruit and nut trees in Isleworth.

Published: Friday, 26th January 2018

Image of local residents at Thornbury park.

Hounslow Council, in partnership with Trees for Cities, has launched an initiative to engage local community groups to plant fruit and nut trees in Isleworth.

The initiative aims to restore Isleworth’s rich orchard heritage, improve the quality and biodiversity of its public green spaces, and create a valuable local food resource for generations.

The first of two public tree planting days went ahead on Saturday 20 January at Thornbury Park and despite heavy rain, 54 dedicated volunteers gave their time to the scheme.

Councillor Samia Chaudhary and Councillor Tony Louki attended from Hounslow Council and were joined by members of the local community and representatives from GoodGym and Friends of Thornbury Park. They were led by Trees for Cities to plant a total of 15 fruit trees, including pear, apple, medlar, plum, gage, damson and quince.

Councillor Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Green Policy and Leisure, Hounslow, said:“The project creates a fantastic opportunity to engage those in the local community, particularly young people in the area, to strengthen connections with their local parks, develop tree-related skills and knowledge, and learn more about career opportunities within the environmental sector.

The rain failed to dampen our spirits as the first tree-planting day was a great success and we welcome volunteers to join in at the next session on Saturday 27 January at Redlees Park. Not only will you learn about orchard planting, biodiversity and Isleworth’s heritage but it’s a good opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy some exercise.” 

The Isleworth Orchards project, led by Trees for Cities and the Inter-Faith Tree Planting project, led by the Faiths Forum for London, were successful in securing funding from the Mayor of London’s Greener City Fund. They faced competition from across the capital for the grants, which aim to give Londoners the chance to create new and improved green spaces, and increase tree planting in their local area.

On Wednesday 17 January, 41 students from West Thames College, including supported learning students and pre-GCSE science students, also planted crab apple trees and almond trees with Trees for Cities.

The next public tree planting day will take place on Saturday 27 January 2018 at Redlees Park. 

The project is being delivered with the support of Hounslow Council, Heathrow Community Fund – Communities for Youth, the Mayor of London, Garfield Weston Foundation and the Tanner Trust.
 

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