Contractor joins with friends group and local schools to plant fruit orchard in London park

Fruit will be grown in London's Alexandra Park for the first time after two orchards were planted by a mixture of maintenance staff and volunteers.

(Adults l - r) Matthew O'Conner, Duncan Wilson and Amber Alferoff of the London Orchard Project with children from Muswell Hill Primary. Picture: HW
(Adults l - r) Matthew O'Conner, Duncan Wilson and Amber Alferoff of the London Orchard Project with children from Muswell Hill Primary. Picture: HW

Contractors from John O’Conner, members of the Friends of Alexandra Park and members of the Urban Orchard Project and local schools teamed up to plant 26 plum, apple, medlar, quince and pear trees in The Grove part of the park last week.

The project was funded by the Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust. Palace chief executive Duncan Wilson said: "Alexandra Park has always featured landscaped gardens but has never, until today, been used to grow fruit. We have chosen a wide range of varieties to create an exciting mix of trees and fruit.

"Our two orchards will support the biodiversity in the park and attract honey bees to pollinate the trees and the local area.

"I look forward to seeing the trees grow over the coming years and hopefully becoming a favoured feature of the park, where the community can come together and take ownership of this excellent initiative." 

John O’Conner managing director Matt O’Conner said the project had been engaging, educational and fun.

"Corporate social responsibility is a key aspect of John O’Conner’s culture - as a family owned company we strive to engage our employees, clients and the local community on volunteer projects. We will continue to invest in innovative ways to support the local community in partnership with the Alexandra Palace client team."

 


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