National Trust offers free orchards to housing estates

Octavia’s Orchard is a new green space in London, designed by architectural practice What if: projects, in partnership with the National Trust’s London Project and Southbank Centre, as part of Southbank Centre's Festival of Neighbourhood with MasterCard.

London urban community groups are invited to apply to adopt up to nine individual fruit trees and one of the benches located on Southbank Centre’s Mandela Walk to form a new community orchard on their own grounds.

The four inner city housing estates chosen to adopt Octavia’s Orchard will be twinned with four of the National Trust’s properties and gardens - Fenton House and Garden, Osterley Park and House, Morden Hall Park, Sutton House and Breakers Yard - whose gardeners will provide them with support and training.

Through this exchange programme, Octavia’s Orchard will build connections between high-density housing developments and the National Trust’s London properties.

Applications will be reviewed by What if: projects, the National Trust and Southbank Centre with a view to allocating the orchard sections to the housing estates that will most benefit from the improvements the orchard will bring. With support from the National Trust, the four orchards will be planted on the chosen housing estates at the beginning of September.

The orchard was originally inspired by Octavia Hill, founder of the National Trust, who championed access to open spaces in the city.

For an adoption form, email These must be returned no later than 12th August 2013.

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