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Community Tree Planting Event!

Claybury Orchard is a traditional orchard set within the grounds of Claybury Park. The orchard was most likely planted to provide fruit for use at Claybury Hospital (which is now Repton Park development) and is thought to be around 70-80 years old. Apple trees are the most dominant type of fruit present and local residents make the most of the lovely apples produced each year!

To ensure the life of an orchard it is important that they are managed correctly, Claybury Orchard has been left to its own devices over the years and as such now requires management to bring it back to health. Traditional orchards are very rare, with the area of orchard habitat across England declining more than 60% since the 1950’s.  Orchards are very important habitats for wildlife and support a number of different species from fungi to birds, so it is imperative that we look after them.

Funding has been received to restore Claybury Orchard to its former glory and works have already begun to prune the trees and remove scrub suffocating them. In order to ensure that the orchard is still present in years to come we are also planting new fruit trees to replace those which have been lost over the years – and this is where we need your help! We are running a tree planting event on Saturday the 11th of January at Claybury Orchard in order to plant approximately 12 new apple trees. We are doing this with help from the London Orchard Project, who know a thing or two about orchard trees! So come along and learn about orchards, plant your very own apple tree and have a taste of some locally grown apple varieties! We would like people of all ages to get involved, and there will be apple based activities to keep your children busy.

The event will run from 11am – 3pm and we will be located at Claybury Park, at the entrance gate on Acle Close off Stalham Way. There is no need to book and we look forward to seeing you there!

Check out the Claybury Tree Planting Event Poster

Post Author: Tess Pettinger


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Claybury Park Fungi Walk

Our Woodland areas are exploding with life, hundreds of different species each more fascinating than the next.  Nestling amongst the trees and bushes, fungi lurks, marking the pathway to fairy-tale kingdoms…Although they’re not all as sweet and harmless as they sound, some of the prettiest are in fact the most deadly! Mushroom picking can be a little like Russian Roulette if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you can’t tell the difference between the edible beefsteak fungus and the deadly death cap toadstool then do not attempt mushroom picking alone!!

Did you know that there are more than 3,000 different types of mushrooms and toadstool in the UK, 14 of which are deadly? Also did you know that bizarrely the hat throwing fungus is the fastest living thing on the planet? This fungus ejects its spores at an accele ration an incredible 20,000 times gravity!

For more foraging facts joi n our local fungi expert Peter Comber, for a walk around Claybury Park and get a fascinating insight into the world of Fungi.

The event takes place on Saturday 27 October at Claybury Park, Roding Lane North, Woodford Green, Essex.

Booking is essential as places are limited. If you have any enquiries please call 020 8559 2316. Visit the Redbridge i for more information on nature events.

Post Author: Emily Polling

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Claybury Park Coppicing

Here’s a shocking fact for you: a stocktake of UK wildlife has shown that nearly all our species are struggling to survive and that one in three have halved in numbers in the past 50 years.  Right across the UK our wildlife is in rapid decline due to the loss of their habitats and pollution.

It’s not just wildlife we are losing its plants too, our nature is in serious trouble and we need to do something about it.  Can you imagine a Britain with no birds, no plants, no insects, no fish? Do you want to? As Sir David Attenborough said in an interview with the Guardian, We should all be proud of the beauty we find on our own doorstep”.

Help us keep our nature thriving by volunteering at our conservation events. On Thursday 24 October we will working in Claybury Park to improve the woodland for wildlife. Come and have a go at coppicing – a woodland management technique in which the wood from a tree is harvested by cutting the tree to near ground level. The tree will then regrow over a period of years without needed to be replanted.

This free event is for adults and will be taking place between 10 am – 2.30 pm. If you would like to join us please meet at the Gate on Ravensbourne Gardens, near to junction with Wedmore Avenue IG5 0XF.

If you have any questions please give us a buzz on 020 8559 2316 or visit the Redbridge i conservation pages for more information.

Post Author: Emily Polling