Hilly Fields orchard planned for November

The Transition Brockley website has provided an update on the group's plans for a small orchard in Hilly Fields.

We are proposing to plant 7 [apple] trees on the level patch of grass at the bottom of the slope with the stone circle. Semi-mature trees on the patch will be retained, and planting will be amongst the existing trees.

It is suggested to hold the planting event on 27th November, with training of park users and Transition Town members planned for the 6th or 7th November (to be confirmed).

The modest plans don't appear to interfere with anyone's enjoyment of the park.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ah scrumping being brought back.

Headhunter said...

Nice idea. I just hope they put the metal railings around them to stop local assets to the community snapping them off for a laugh

Concerned Parent and Yummy Mummy said...

But what about the local kiddywinkles with apple allergies? :-(

Anonymous said...

Let the eat Acorns.

Headhunter said...

Orchards have more than just apple trees in them! Plum trees? Pear trees?

Now Then said...

This one though has apple trees.

Headhunter said...

But 100% apples?

Now Then said...

Please read the original post

Headhunter said...

Yes I saw, but I thought there would be other types of tree too. Then "Concerned Parent and Yummy Mummy" has a point! Discrimination!

Tressilliana said...

It's an apple orchard. Next!

I'm more concerned that as a park user I might need training to walk past these trees.

Headhunter said...

I demand plums!

TJ said...

do y'a now?

Headhunter said...

Yes. Don't really like melons...

Thin end of the wedge said...

They'll be growing marajuana next. Penning a letter to the Mail if any one wants me to bring something up.

Anonymous said...

I would also like to see pear trees. Apparently 'hurst' (ewhurst road, salehurst road) means orchard. There were certainly apple and pear trees in this area back in the day, some of which still remain. I have one in my back garden. We need to make sure they are the right type tho', eg not the hard green ones

HappyBrockers said...

How exciting. We could set up a small social enterprise in the future, to sell home made Brockley cider.

Anonymous said...

Don't think those type of Apples will be any good for cider.

HappyBrockers said...

No good for cider anonymous? Why not?

Tamsin said...

Cider apples are a different breed, unfit for eating or cooking but making very good cider. Like Seville oranges and marmalade.

You could probably make cider from any type of apple (like marmalade and any type of citrus fruit) but it would be a waste of apples better used another way and not such good, sharp cider.

HappyBrockers said...

One of the suggested varieties for Hilly Fields on the London Orchard website is the:

'Kingston Black: Cider apple, producing small conical fruit, maroon colour. The flavour is bittersweet and aromatic, ideal for making cider.'

Come on folks, dont automatically look negatively at any suggested ideas.

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

With global warming shouldn't we be planting citrus fruits and vines?

I understand there is a burgeoning urban viticulture movement in London.

Tamsin said...

Many apologies - didn't look at the detail...

Now Then said...

Reasons to be cheerful (1) cider duty revoked in budget (2) there exist in the world conical apples, and we will shortly be able to walk by some. (after the nessecary induction)

STO said...

Aren't conical apples called pears?

Now Then said...

Apples are roundy pears, no?

Wurzel said...

I can remember when there was no duty on cider.

Anonymous said...

Ladywell Fields are at the beginning of discussions regarding restoring and opening up the orchard/wood at the entrance on Bonneville Road. The orchard used to belong to the listed cottages on Ravensbourne Park, but is now part of the park, remaining locked as it is completely overgrown.
Anyone who is interested in finding out more and supporting this worthwhile project should speak with Chris McGaw in the Nature dept. of Lewisham Council.

Anonymous said...

can we have old fashioned wassailing the apple trees once we have an orchard?

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