On Saturday 23rd October a large group of volunteers met in Cherry Tree Wood to work on a number of conservation and biodiversity projects. The event was organised by the Friends of Cherry Tree Wood and CSV-GO London, and was one of a number of Make a Difference Day events taking place across the Capital, and Charles Parkes of the Friends had spent several weeks planning for the day.
The main project was planting a new community orchard in the picnic area. This was made up of eight trees including Apple, Pear, Cherry, Quince and Medlar, sponsored by a number of local businesses and organisations (including the Archer) and the Friends of Cherry Tree Wood.
The Friends also provided 700 Daffodil and Crocus bulbs which were planted along the main path. Additionally, 200 wildflower plants were added to the meadow area adjacent to the playing field, litter was cleared from around the Wood and the dead hedge next to the play area was spruced up.
Despite the showers, everyone worked enthusiastically and the results of all this activity should be apparent in the park next spring and for years to come. Thanks to everyone who helped out on the day.
To coincide with the planting of the new apple orchard, Sally-Anne Wigfield held an apple themed day at the Lazy Sally Café on the same day. Particularly popular were the mini apple pies from the Sugar Plum Bakery which is based in Creighton Avenue and which supplies cakes and muffins to the café. The proceeds from the sale of the apple pies (£60) have been donated to our orchard project. Thank you to the Sugar Plum Bakery and to Sally-Anne for their generosity and support.
You can find out more about the Sugar Plum Bakery at: sugarplumbakery.co.uk