A new home for Octavia's Orchard

Adopt trees from Octavia's Orchard on London's South Bank... © Jo Castle

Adopt trees from Octavia's Orchard on London's South Bank...

Imagine taking an orchard home. Now you can…

Octavia’s Orchard is an amazing new green space in the heart of London, designed by architectural practice What if: projects, in partnership with the National Trust’s London Project and Southbank Centre.

This summer over 30 chamberlain galvanised steel street bins, typically used in multi-storey housing developments, have become adoptive homes of three-metre high fruit trees and meadows, forming an orchard along a busy commuter walk.

Up for adoption

London urban community groups have been invited to apply for the amazing opportunity to adopt up to nine individual fruit trees and one of the attached large benches to form a new community orchard in their own green spaces.

The four inner city housing estates chosen to adopt Octavia’s Orchard will be twinned with four of the National Trust’s properties and gardens - Fenton House and Garden, Osterley Park and House, Morden Hall Park, Sutton House and Breakers Yard - whose expert gardeners will provide them with support and training. Through this inspiring exchange programme, Octavia’s Orchard will build new, productive connections between high-density housing developments and the National Trust’s London properties.

Inspired by Octavia Hill

The orchard was originally inspired by Octavia Hill, founder of the National Trust, who championed access to open spaces in the city over 100 years ago. Her concern to provide urban dwellers with 'places to sit, places to play, places to stroll and places to spend a day' are still very relevant to London today.

Applications are now closed, good luck to all those who entered.