The original fruit trees in the community orchard were planted on this site some time in the middle of the 20th Century by persons unknown. In 2014 residents of Harrow worked in collaboration with Harrow Council as part of a Green Grid funded project and added to that legacy by planting more trees for future generations including traditional apple varieties a few of which are illustrated below. These include one local variety the Rosemary Russet which was raised in Middlesex. There are also a few pear, plum, damson and cherry trees growing here. The trees are currently cared for by the Friends of Yeading Walk and volunteers from the local community.
The Friends hold an annual ‘Orchard Day’ in autumn when families are invited to come along and help us pick and share the fruit from the Community Orchard. We take a little time to care for the orchard, picking up any diseased fruit and mulching around the tree bases, and then there is time to meet neighbours, taste the different varieties of apples growing, swop recipes and take home fruit to make the perfect crumble.
Some of the varieties of apple trees in the orchard are:
Brought to notice in 1826 and introduced and exhibited by R. Adams from Hertfordshire. A popular Edwardian and Victorian dessert apple. Fruits are juicy and a little sweet, with a pleasant aromatic flavour
The Rosemary Russet
Raised in Middlesex and first descibed in 1831. Fruits have firm, fine textured, juicy flesh with a rather acid and good flavour. Also known as Benskin’s Russet.
Raised at Ribston Hall, Yorkshire from seed brought from Rouen, and planted in about 1707. Received the Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1962. Fruits have firm, fine textured, moderately juicy flesh with a rich aromatic flavour.
Raised by Mary Ann Brailsford, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, between 1809 and 1813 and introduced in 1865 by nurseryman H. Merryweather. First exhibited in1876. Received a First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Socirty in 1893. The most popular cooking apple grown in the UK.