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Big Lunch at Butley Court Community Orchard
Sunday 25 June, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
Members of the new Butley Court community orchard invite you to a Big Collective Lunch on Sunday 25th June.
Come and tell us what you would like to grow in the orchard and share your favourite dishes made from ingredients you would like to harvest from the orchard.
Bring the children and enjoy family activities including a collective meal, planting soft fruit plants, a nature hunt, bird-feeder making workshop, an elderflower Champagne workshop and, of course, music.
More about the Community Orchard
The funding for the community orchard was secured by the Roman Road Trust, in partnership with Public Works, in December 2016 and will run until December 2017, when orchard will be planted and community gardening group established. The project is supported by the InterAct Hub, another Public Works project on the Roman Road.
The application was made in response to feedback from local residents, to better use the large areas of green space within the post war estate. The Project was designed to celebrate the public green spaces within the Old Ford Estate, through community gardening and series of events.
Butley Court sits in the heart of the Old Ford Estate between two low-rise blocks, which provide housing for the over 60’s; the project will also create a space for these older residents to use.
Once completed, Butley Court Orchard will provide free fruit for the local residents and an outdoor space to garden. The orchard will grow traditional fruit, such as apples, pears and quince, as well as some more unusual crops such as walnuts, hawthorn, medlars and elderflower, with low level soft fruits such as blackberries and loganberries. The trees will be planted in a circle, creating an event space for the community’s use through the summer months.
The Community Orchard is looking for volunteers to help with anything from planting to planning small events on the space. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.