The Community Orchard
Planting of phase 1 of CCG Community Orchard will take place on Saturday November 11th; 8 fruit trees, including a donated fig will be planted in a designated area close to the Old Cottage Cafe from 10 am with Greenwich Council undertaking to dig the planting holes the day before. All the trees for this first phase have been purchased in pots and mycorrhizal fungus will be used to treat the roots before planting to help them establish. Trees will be staked and secured. All the trees are grown on small rootstocks to demonstrate suitability for small gardens and aid harvesting. Trees to be planted are a fig and a quince against the wall, a plum and 4 apple trees, one a cooker – see plan. The plum and fig are self-fertile and the apples will pollinate one another. A 2nd quince of a different variety will be planted later in the year/early next year when stock becomes available to improve pollination.
CCG will have a table at the Horn Fair on October 15th to publicise the orchard, and recruit help for the planting event. We can discuss fruit growing in general and will have samples of fruit and products such as jams and cakes that visitors can try.
Community Orchard Subgroup