What are Abundance London up to?- find out here….

Abundance London are WEN Abundance nearest neighbours in Chiswick.  Here is a little of what they are up to…

Grafting workshop, Ravenscourt Park Glasshouses, Saturday 24th March
Last few places left on our grafting workshop in Hammersmith this weekend. Learn how to create your own fruit tree – and take home your own work, a special apple or pear variety perhaps? A fun and productive 45-minute session. £15 for the lesson and the tree. Check out our website for more details, http://www.abundancelondon.com or email abundancebookings@gmail.com.


Edible High Road, Chiswick @ Chelsea Fringe
The Edible High Road will take place later this year to celebrate the Chelsea Fringe, a new London-wide festival to coincide with the Chelsea Flower Show.  Abundance London will be creating a river of fruit trees along Chiswick High Road, Devonshire Road and Turnham Green Terrace for the three-week duration of the Fringe (19 May – 10 June). The trees will later be planted out permanently around Chiswick – in schools, streets and orchards.

We need another five trees to get to our target 50, so if you are a business along any of those roads and haven’t yet signed up to sponsor a tree (or are still thinking about it and haven’t yet got back to us), please do so:  info@abundancelondon.com


Help us prepare the trees on Saturday 31st March.

We will be potting up the last trees – hopefully at least 20 of them – in Brentford from 11.30am. Please let us know if you can come and help, and we will send instructions how to find Cultivate London’s premises.


Abundance London Events

create your own tree!
create your own tree grafting workshop on 3rd April
My Abundance London colleagues will be busy over the next couple of months. Here is a copy of their Newsletter….

News from Abundance London, March 2011

Lots of exciting events happening in Chiswick and Hammersmith as spring arrives at last. Learn how to create your own perfect fruit tree in the friendly greenhouse in Ravenscourt Park – learn a new skill and come home with a fabulous customised tree.

Create your own tree, 3rd April
Learn how to graft your own bespoke fruit tree

Learn how to graft your own fruit tree, and take home a new tree, personalised by you. A perfect gift for yourself or for mother’s day?
Sessions must be booked in advance and cost £12, which includes everything, including the new tree. Bring some twigs from your favourite tree if you would like to make one of them… See attached poster for more details, or check out http://www.abundancelondon.com
Venue: Ravenscourt Greenhouses, Hammersmith. Booking required. info@abundancelondon.com

Pruning course, 10th April
There will be a free pruning workshop on Dukes Meadows (by the river, behind the Farmers Market), focussing on stone fruit (plum, cherry, etc). Booking required: admin@dukesmeadowstrust.org

Seedswap 20th March
Bring your surplus seeds along to Chiswick House Kitchen Garden. Contact http://www.chgt.org for more information.

Grow your own
Lots of courses for beginners at the Ravenscourt Greenhouses, run by Hammersmith Community Gardens Association. Check out the website for details on http://hcga.org.uk/content/events/events.html

Succulent collection
Well, you can’t eat them, so strictly speaking we shouldn’t include them – but this is a special behind-the-scenes look at the succulents collection at Kew on 23rd June. Contact steveoram@btinternet.com

Wassailing in Chiswick Sunday 16th January 2011 3.00pm – 5.00pm

My Abundance London friends Chiswick are helping to organise a Wassailing at the walled garden at Chiswick House to celebrate the planting of a new orchard. Over 200 varieties of fruit trees will be planted.

Music, hot cider and buns, bonfire, sparklers…. and toast for the trees (it encourages them to be fruitful next year, apparently). All welcome, free entry, dress warmly! Bring your musical instruments and ribbons.

Please see attached poster for further details.

Come along with your ribbons and musical instruments to celebrate the planting of 200 fruit trees!

Abundance Fruit Day, Saturday October 16th 2010 11-3pm, Chiswick, at St Michael and All Angels, just by Turnham Green tube

Abundance London has been working with local schools, tree owners, community groups and volunteers to map, harvest and use hundreds of kilos of fruit that usually goes to waste. Now it’s time to celebrate. Come to our first Abundance Fruit Day and make juice, stock up on local preserves and cakes, and generally celebrate the glories of locally grown fruit.

– We have a huge 60-litre fruit press to turn our 500kilo fruit mountain into juice. Local schools have been picking for the last few weeks to ensure a good supply, but if you have fruit going to waste, bring it along. Come and stock up on organic, local, fresh fruit juice just pressed then and there… and have a go at the press yourself.

– apple games. Can we beat the record for the longest fruit peel? Come and try your chance. Let the kids do Fruit Boot Camp (apple bobbing, rhubarb baton relay, crab apple and spoon races, etc) and then console themselves with a toffee apple.

– plant swap – need to divide your herbaceous perennials, got spare strawberry runners, rooted your grape vines? Bring your plants along and swap (or buy if you haven’t anything to swap). Stall run by Chiswick House Walled Garden.

– jam-making workshop. Learn about ‘setting points’ and how easy and fun it really is from expert jam-maker Carola Schulman. Stock up on grape jelly, quince membrillo, damson and greengage jams and much more. Cooking equipment specialists Whisk will also be on hand to provide advice and equipment.

– apple expert. Check out different locally-grown varieties and find out how to look after your own trees. Stock up on local apples – loads of interesting old varieties available. Orchard expert Steve Oram from PTES will be on hand for advice.

– craft stall. Apple pressing with a difference – decorate tea towels, aprons and have fun making useful and attractive fruity gifts. And Bird, the specialists in found objects and furniture rehab will be displaying a selection of their quirky goods.

– seasonal refreshments. Sam’s Brasserie will be making pumpkin soup, Outsider Tart is bringing quince cakes, Brian is selling his local honey. And there will be loads of home made preserves, crumbles and other goodies made from the fruit harvested in Chiswick over the last weeks.

– bicycle-powered smoothie. Pedal hard to earn your reward.


12 noon Mary McLeod, MP, will be pressing juice

12.30 – 1.30 Fruit Camp races

2pm onwards Jam workshop

Sponsors include Eco Age, Outsider Tart, Sam’s Brasserie, London Borough of Hounslow

For further information, check out our website at

Chiswick Fruit Day Saturday 16th October 2010

Chiswick Fruit Day Flyer 16th October

Hi all

My Abundance London friends from Chiswick are running their first Fruit Day on Saturday 16th October at St Michaels & All Angels, Bath Road W4 1TT (closest tube is Turnham Green) There will be lots of activities including apple pressing, apple bobbing, toffee apples, jam making workshop and much, much more. I think it will be a great day for all the family so please go along and show your support.