DREAMS of an even greener Ealing are coming to fruition after an orchard was planted in a Northolt park.

Volunteers were rosy-cheeked in the sunshine at last Saturday’s event coordinated by charity Trees For Cities, bedding 45 mixed variety apple trees and five crab apple trees at Wood End Wireless Station recreation ground.

The saplings will create biodiversity by providing fruit for animals and birds as well as hungry humans.

Trees for Cities chief executive David Elliott said: “Approximately 60 per cent of orchards have been lost since the 1950s.

“We are delighted to help address this issue by planting a new orchard.”

Trees for Cities, whose London branch was set up in 1993, encourages communities to get involved in helping nature thrive in urban areas.

The scheme, in partnership with Ealing Council and the Mayor of London, aims to provide a natural resource on the green space tucked in suburbia.

For Northolt nature lovers this is sure to be the apple of their eye.

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