On Friday the 10th Feb 2012, I spent the day with the awesome guys at London Orchard Project.
The orchard at Bethlam Royal Hospital is undergoing restoration. Although no longer based at its original location, the hospital is recognised as the world’s first and oldest institution to specialise in mental illnesses, and it’s origins date back the the 13th century.
We spent the morning planting fruit trees with patients, staff and a handful of volunteers. Just a few short years ago, this orchard had been overrun by natural woodland. Now, partially rescued, work continues to restore the orchard to it’s former glory.
Here is a step by step guide on how to plant fruit trees with Lewis from the London Orchard Project taken on our day out planting in the crisp cold February air.