Brixton is getting an orchard in the heart of town, with the new green space packing in 35 fruit trees and hundreds of edible hedges.
The Orchard has been commissioned and funded by the Brixton Business Improvement District and has received funding from the Mayor of London’s Air Quality Fund. The trees were selected by the Open Orchard Project.
Martha Loves visited the site earlier over the weekend, and sent us these photos.
We’ve all seen Brixton being ripped apart in the past few years with new developments slowly eating away at Brixton’s community.
Earlier this week I walked past the green space at the bottom of Brixton Hill, opposite St Matthews Church, with a heavy heart to see the lawn covered in trenches and what looked like the start of yet another building.
There were no notices indicating what was going on and the area looked as if it had been butchered. ‘There goes another part of Brixton I thought’. So imagine my delight when I walked past today to see a hive of activity and planting.
The reality is that the area is being developed into ‘Brixton’s Orchard’, a community led project funded by Brixton Bid and supported by Urban Growth and the Open Orchard Project.
35 fruit trees, including a mulberry tree, two quince trees along with cherry, plum, apple and pear trees have been planted along with hundreds of plants, bulbs and seeds which will create an oasis for wildlife.
It is also intended to help people learn about where fruit comes from and increase biodiversity. It will take a while for the seeds to grow, and the lawn to repair following the recent activity but it should look amazing and is a welcome addition amongst the new developments close by.
And here’s how the site looked yesterday, as work progresses.
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