Queen’s Park Community Council, London’s first and only Parish Council, is giving residents an exciting opportunity to sponsor a tree in a brand-new community orchard in the Rose Gardens of Queen’s Park Gardens, W10. The opportunity follows the removal of three large conifers in August 2017 after consultation with residents which showed strong support for the project.
The orchard project will offer lots of opportunities for future community activities - including harvesting, eating, baking, juicing and cider making - as well as educational activities for children. The orchard will include a wide variety of native species of fruit trees including apples, pears and nut trees with additional naturalised planting of plants and flowers around the tree bases. In addition to enhancing the park, fruit trees are an important pollinator and will help to encourage local biodiversity.
Residents are also getting involved in the planning and planting, helped by local environmental charity Hammersmith Community Gardens Association and the Friends of Queen’s Park Gardens. An Apples and Pears Day in October marked the first day of preparing the area and now residents have the opportunity to sponsor a tree. All donations will be commemorated in the park and each sponsor will receive a certificate.
Katie Cowan, local Community Councillor, says 'It will be fabulous to see this project come to fruition this Spring and see our residents getting involved in restoring a neglected, overgrown and sometimes abused corner of our Gardens to full use by our community. As well as the environmental benefits of having more trees and plants in our ward it is important that we enable everyone to play a key role in the nurturing and protection of valuable green spaces.'
If you want to sponsor a tree, or to find out more information please view the flyer below or email firstname.lastname@example.org and/or speak to Ulla or Cathy 07773348294