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Have you ever wanted to connect with your neighbours by planting fruit trees around the borough?

Open Orchard connects communities and produces a delicious harvest of fruits that we can turn into jams, pies, fruit cocktails - anything you can think of! 

Orchards are often positioned in highly visible and public spaces so anyone can get access to the delicious fruits that will soon bloom. This Spring we will kickstart this exciting project across all 3 shops at over 10 sites. Find your closest Orchard and get involved in planting and caring for your fruit trees.

Here are some of the planting session’s happening in your area:

Thursday 7 March | 1.00 - 2.00pm

116 Church Elm lane, Dagenham, RM10 9RL

Join this planting session for some gentle digging, a helping of fresh air and chats with neighbours.

Saturday 9 March | 10.00am - 12.00pm

Junction of Downing Road with Coombes Road, Dagenham

Come and shake up your Saturday with a helping of fresh air, some gentle digging and chats with your neighbours whilst you plant fruit trees which will harvest delicious fruit in the future.

Tuesday 12 March | 10.00am - 1.00pm

Fambridge Road Allotment, Dagenham, RM8 1NS 

Meet us at Fambridge Road Allotment to plant a variety of fruit trees for all to enjoy. We will be joined by a variety of members from the allotment and the public, all friends, new and old are welcome. 

Tuesday 19 March | 10.00am - 1.00pm

Edible East Site, Off Linkway, next to 95 Groveway, RM8 3XL

You can meet us at the Martin’s Corner shop or outside Plantastic Community Allotment where we will be planting a variety of fruit trees

to create the first Open Orchard in Becontree.

Wednesday 20 March | 11.00am - 12.00 pm

5 Porters Avenue, Dagenham, RM9 5YS

Come and share your favourite walks, wanders, places and spaces with your neighbours at one of Living Streets’ Community Mapping sessions.

Wednesday 27 March | 3.00 - 4.00pm

58 The Shaftesburys, IG11 7JP (opposite Gascoigne Primary School)

Plans for an Open Orchard on the Gascoigne Estate are underway! There will be 5 fruit trees planted next to Gascoigne Primary School. The school faces an unused patch of grass, where locals parents want to help plant fruit trees. 

Saturday 30 March | 12.00 - 2.00pm

Westbury Community Space, Wedderburn Road, IG11 7QD (at the end of St Awdrys Road)

The residents of St Awdrys and the surrounding streets have been working on transforming a green space at the end of the road.

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