A workers' cooperative growing food on London's edge in the Lea Valley

Adopt a fruit tree

We have over 200 fruit trees planted at Hawkwood Nursery, helping to preserve traditional fruit varieties and ensure access to local fruit for future generations.

You can adopt a tree as a gift or to mark a special occasion or as a memorial. A suggested donation of £35 pays towards the maintenance and care of one fruit tree at our Hawkwood community growing site in Chingford, London.

o  Recipients will receive a certificate and a simple slate label with their name and the tree variety will be attached to the tree to mark this gift.

o  The recipient and donor are always welcome to visit OrganicLea’s growing site on our regular open days and see our orchard taking shape and growing!

The fruit from the orchard is distributed through our locally-run vegetable and fruit box scheme and other local events which aim to encourage all to eat local fruit and vegetables in season. They are also a valuable resource for horticulture training courses that take place at our Hawkwood site.

Trees that are still available for adoption include: late season apple in a traditional orchard; culinary apple varieties in espalier form around the entrance field; medlar fruit trees designed into the traditional orchard; local varieties of pear and apple tree growing in a fruit cordon; and hazelnut trees.

In addition to these more traditional crops we have also planted a number of apricots and almond trees; we have extended our pear cordons to include a number of French varieties; plum trees have been introduced to the forest garden; and a range of quince tree varieties have established well in the wetter soils.

We will happily help select the fruit tree for your gift, or you can select from the list above (give 1-3 choice – we will let you know what is available).

For further information contact OrganicLea’s growing site at Hawkwood on 020 8524 4994 or email plants@organiclea.org.uk

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