The site alongside the Grand Union Canal, between the Three Bridges Monument and Osterley Lock in Hanwell, is locally known as The Piggeries (also known as Humes Dock). It is approximately 1000 sq m (~10,000 sq ft) public land set aside in 2009 for nature preservation under Section 106 of the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act.
In 2015, the site remains undeveloped and is currently fenced in, unmanaged and overgrown with self-seeded trees, brambles and nettles. This neglected site is increasingly becoming an overgrown eyesore, attracting anti social behaviour and fly tipping. We will transform this space into a wildflower meadow, and a community orchard with a seasonal wetland, beds of soft fruit and wildlife habitat improvements such as log piles, hedgehog, bird and bat boxes.
Railings, two arched entrances and a hoggin path, suitable for pedestrians, wheelchair and pushchairs, will mark the site. A noticeboard will inform the public about the site and orchard activities.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The TYS2 Piggeries Orchard project will engage local residents in growing native fruit and wildlife preservation; encouraging the foraging of free fruit, promoting a sense of community and responsibility. The TYS2 Piggeries Orchard will offer opportunities for education and training from the start. It improves habitat for wildlife.
The towpath is already popular among residents, commuters, joggers, dog walkers or people simply enjoying the peace, tranquillity and nature alongside the canal. The TYS2 Piggeries Orchard connects St Margaret’s Open Space and the Hanwell Meadows to the west with Elthorne Park and Waterside to the east. Opening up, clearing and managing the currently neglected, inaccessible and unsightly plot of public land will create an attractive highlight and ensure that this land, which was already set aside under Section 106 will be developed and used as originally planned.
Steps to get it done:
Once the TYS2 Piggeries Orchard is established, we envision
* A safe and clean public nature gem alongside the popular canal towpath,
* A wildflower meadow in a sunkissed (south-facing) location,
* Free fruit for everyone to pick and use,
* Improved habitat for wildlife including locally important species such as bees, beetles, bats, birds, slow worms, stag beetles,
* Space for a picnic, or a game, or relaxation.
The initial proposal from 2009 for Humes Dock (as the area is also known), submitted as part of the planning application for the residential development, has never been implemented. It also includes a community orchard, meadow with meandering path, log piles and other wildlife habitat improvements, very similar to this proposal.
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It is time to thank all our backers once again and give a brief status update: After the initial funding, land clearance and landscaping, we decided to postpone the actual orchard planting on account of an unexpectedly high water table. This has now been resolved in cooperation with Ealing Council and Thames Water and we planted the orchard in February. Many volunteers have been lovingly looking after it ever since. What is left to do now is celebrate the official opening. Please join us at The Piggeries Orchard opening in a casual bring-your-own picnic Saturday June 2nd from 12:00. For full details please see here: https://orchardtrail.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/time-to-celebrate/ Once again, many thanks for your support!
Exciting days! We presented the TYS2 Piggeries Orchard to Ealing's Transform Your Space 2 (TYS2) selection committee this afternoon and are very pleased with the presentation we gave, and the questions and general feedback received from the selection panel. Let's keep all legs and fingers crossed and touch wood!
Here's a new map which shows the string of public orchards in the Grand Union Canal corridor in Hanwell. The map shows orchards planted in 2015 and those being planted later this month, with the TYS2 Piggeries Orchard right in its heart (highlighted). How swell is that?! Please continue liking and backing this project, and thanks to all who have so far. We'll present the project to the Transform-Your-Space-2 selection committee on January 30th, so please keep the momentum rolling and those Likes coming in! Orchards shown in blue are affiliate orchards, not planted or managed by Hanwell and Norwood Green Orchard Trail. (mapping data copyright (C) openstreetmap volunteers)
We started a new documentary about the TYS2 Piggeries Orchard project. One little video clip to begin with, with huge thanks to our member and producer, camera man, director, cutter, boom operator, and production assistant of choice Steve Haskett. The plan is to continue documenting the development over time with photos and video clips for a lasting record and a better way to demonstrate our work. You could be in it! Just watch our website at http://orchardtrail.wordpress.com for announcements about clearing or planting tasks, and of course don’t stop telling your extended friends and family about this project, and encourage them to indicate their support with a “like” or the pledge of a fiver. For details see https://spacehive.com/tys2-piggeries-orchard.