Planting a public orchard trail in Hanwell

Cultivate London kicked off the new year by planting an orchard trail in Hanwell. Less than 200 years ago food would have been readily available on trees, sadly today many of our ancient woodlands have been destroyed due to urban sprawl, so, the innovative programme Hanwell Big Local was set up with the aim of achieving lasting change by enabling people who live in the area to build on local talents and aspirations, so they can identify and act on their own needs to make their areas even better places to live, both now and years to come.

With the help of volunteers and local residents, who braved the February cold, we planted 120 apple and pear trees across 7 sites around Gurnell, Pitshanger & Hanwell. We will be planting meadow flowers under the trees in the coming months, so if you’d like to come and help out please do get in touch with rosie@cultivatelondon/.org.Have you visited? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Ground breaking project in Ealing

This ground breaking project at Marston Court, Hanwell, for the London Borough of Ealing provides emergency hostel accommodation for local people, assessed as being in immediate housing need. Award winning architectural practice QED are behind these temporary homes which are built from re-purposed shipping containers.

They offer a sustainable, robust, affordable and flexible solution particularly suited to this urban, difficult to access infill site. Cultivate London was instructed to help build, plant and maintain the outside spaces. Alongside this, we’ve been holding regular resident engagement sessions to help generate interest and a feeling of ownership for the residents of their surrounding green spaces, and though a range of activities aimed at young children living there, we’ve also started to build a regular team of little gardeners.

Reaching new communities at Kew Gardens

We’ve starting work this week in the famous grounds of Kew Gardens. We’ve got an ace Cultivate London team there for a week in order in help build a new community garden and allotments.

This is how it all started, check out our social media for updates…