The Open Orchard Project connects communities through fruit and the planting of fruit trees in public places. These trees provide free fruit to local residents and greenery to our urban environments.
Open Orchard started in 2014 in West Norwood. A group of local people came together to plant 67 fruit trees in 9 public locations in and around West Norwood and Streatham Hill in south London. All the mini-orchards were public land where local residents who took part in the tree planting and their on-going care. The project is supported by Participatory City.
In this Design Lab, Wayne Trevor, a founding member of Open Orchard, will take you through the essentials of planting fruit trees in public places. This may include a little exploration of the town centre to identify some sites, and to plan the next steps to start an Open Orchard project in Dudley.