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Enfield digs in for Tree O Clock world record

Published Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Cllr Edward Smith plants record breaking trees in Broomfield Park to kickstart new community orchard.

Saturday 5th December 2009 10.45am The Old Bowling Green, Alderman's Hill entrance, Broomfield Park, Alderman's Hill, Palmers Green, N13

Cllr Edward Smith is picking up his spade and digging deep on Saturday 5th December for a good cause, joining many hundreds of other people across the country to hopefully make a world record attempt called 'Tree O Clock'.

Tree O Clock aims to get everyone across the UK, and further afield, planting as many trees as possible on the 5th December between 11.00am and 12 noon. Enfield Council is doing its bit by planting 22 apple trees in Broomfield Park, led by Cllr Smith.

The 'Broomfield Community Orchard' is an initiative by local people working in partnership with Enfield Council to create a community orchard on a former bowling green in Broomfield Park. This large area has lain fallow for over 15 years and it is hoped that the orchard will become a beautiful and peaceful place to be; fruit trees in an area with wild flowers; adding to the bio-diversity of this historic park.

The fruit will be available for local people, schools and community groups. The trees are being supplied by Keepers Nursery, a leading specialist fruit tree nursery.

The group is part of 'Improving Our Place', a group of local people who are keen to improve the quality of life in this part of Palmers Green, Winchmore Hill and Southgate, and has the support of the Friends of Broomfield Park and the Fox Lane and District Residents' Association

Cllr Smith said "I am especially pleased to be planting apple trees in Broomfield Park today as we are blending a sense of old and new.

"Old in that Broomfield House would have had fruit trees in its grounds originally, and by replanting some here we are returning the land to its former glory.

"New in that growing trees and plants which are not only beautiful but which bear fruit is a modern way of sustainable living, giving us food which we can pick and enjoy.

"This is just one of the steps Enfield Council is taking towards Food Legacy Day on the 21st September 2011. On this day all the food eaten in our schools will be grown locally -  who knows? By then some of these apples here may be enjoyed by our children?

"I am delighted to be part of this initiative to ensure that we have even more trees in our borough".

The Broomfield Community Orchard Project are actively seeking volunteers to be involved in the group, including fundraising, publicity, liaison with schools, tree planting and the future management and maintenance of the orchard.

If you would like to support the project please contact David March on

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