Support Orchards in Hackney

The fruit tree mapping and harvesting project which we are undertaking here in Hackney is one small part of a much wider project launched by the London Orchard Project to plant orchards in public spaces all over London.

In Hackney plans are well underway to plant a brand new orchard in Haggerston Park in south Hackney, as part of Hackney City Farm‘s plan to turn an underused part of the park into an edible garden, looked after by their volunteers. We are also hoping to plant more fruit trees accross Hackney, following from our success planting a community orchard at the Wilton Estate. We need your support to make this vision of a Hackney covered in fruit trees happen!

So the London Orchard Project has teamed up with Buzzbank, a brand new crowd-funding platform which supports social and environmental projects.

Crowd-funding is a cooperative funding mechanism where members of a community club together to support a project or organisation. By reaching out to you the people of Hackney to support this project we hope you will feel part of it, even owners of it, and we will be working together to make this great part of London just that little bit better.

We are seeking to raise a total of £4,000, most of which will go towards the costs of planting the orchard and training up people to care and tend for the trees and a small slice will go towards covering the very modest costs associated with the mapping and harvesting project.

There is a range of different levels of support which you can provide – from simply being a fan of the project and showing your support (a ‘Cheerleader’) to contributing £120 (a ‘Heavy Hitter’).

And there’s something in it for you too! If you contribute money to the project you will be invited down to our harvest days and will literally receive a share of the fruits of our labour in the form of fresh fruit or jams and preserves.

If you are interested in contributing to the project then please check out our page on the Buzzbank website. We are also always on the look out for enthusiastic people who are willing to lend some of their time to making this happen. Please contact us if you are interested in helping out.