Edible landscaping came to Ealing Common in 2016, when the Society and our Ranger, Jon Skoyles, planted three mulberry trees, donated by the charity Morus Londinium, above the ditch along the North Circular Road, the A406. This year we hope to add crab apple, plum, quince and cherry trees to the mulberries and rowan already there. All trees are donated by charities or individuals.
A sponsored tree would make a wonderful present for a special birthday or anniversary, or a great nature study project for children. And there’s also just the glow of satisfaction at helping to keep the Common a wonderful resource for us all. The fruit is for everyone to share. The trees will be planted by Ealing Council’s Rangers.
Click on the Tree Donation Form link above to find out how you can be part of Ealing Common Society’s new project. You can sponsor a whole tree or make a donation toward the cost. Sponsors will be invited to the planting day at the end October and receive a certificate recording their generosity.
Below, our Ranger explains why and how the Council supports creating an edible landscape on the Common.
The initial concept was to enhance the site as a resource for pollinator species and foraging birds and therefor contribute to our Biodiversity Action Plan target of improving the biodiversity of the site.
Having expanded the Blondin Community Orchard several years ago into more of an ‘Edible Landscape’, we thought this would work well on the Common and complement the improvement of the wildflower meadow for invertebrates and pollinators and thus urban birds.
In early 2017 Ealing Common Society obtained several Black Mulberry ‘whips’ (2-3 year old trees) which the Rangers helped plant (along with several Rowan whips), as part of the ‘Morus Londinium’ project – recording London’s Black Mulberry trees and planting hundreds more.
The Edible Landscape will enhance the Common visually – with colourful fruits and blossom, biologically – by supporting wildlife and urban pollinators, and provide a unique experience to site users in the form of access to a variety of tree fruit, including the rare and historically significant Mulberry.
The Council’s Ranger Team advise community groups on enhancing their green spaces for amenity and wildlife – including tree species, and can often assist groups with planting and maintenance.