Tuesday, 23 October 2012

The Tree Council Honours The Brockley Society

The Brockley Society's tree wardens are thrilled that the Tree Council have offered us a fruit hedge amounting to anything up to 100 metres long and worth £500. They said it is in recognition of the efforts our society is making to improve our knowledge and green environment. Add this to the good-will we have enjoyed from Lewisham Council's Green Scene and it seems to endorse our efforts to build relationships with different bodies.

We have yet to finalise the location for the hedge but something of this potential size will probably need to go in Hilly Fields where it could be tended by the residents who have done so much to care for newly planted trees there. Negotiations are under way!

We are particularly grateful to the Tree Council because a fruit hedge will add to the spirit of community giving for which Brockley is fast getting a reputation. The many potential fruit could include: apples, pears, cherries, gooseberries, elder & plums and would be a reminder of the tradition of this area of London for fruit growing.

The intention is to get it planted in March and combine it with a visit by members of the Tree Council, who have kindly offered to undertake a walk-about Brockley to discuss the trees in general and care of the fruit hedge in particular. For this important gathering we are hoping to get someone from Lewisham planning office and from Green Scene to join us. We will obviously be posting more details as they are finalised with the aim of getting a good resident turn-out.

You can find out more about the Tree Council here: www.treecouncil.org.uk/about-us/who-we-are

And please do let us know if you would like to help care for the fruit hedge (use the Contacts link above). 

Tree Warden

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