BY JAMES TWOMEY
A new apple orchard and heritage trail has been opened as part of community celebrations to mark the 400-year anniversary of a foundation.
The Dulwich Estate in Gallery Road, Dulwich has opened the orchard and trail which runs from North Dulwich railway station to Sydenham Hill railway station, passing some of Dulwich’s historic sights.
More than 500 people gathered at the opening of the new orchard and trail, which was created by the estate with the London Wildlife Trust.
On the day of the celebrations, families enjoyed nature craft activities, wood whittling, a talk on trees, and music from local folk group Larkin’ The Woods.
Nicola Meredith, chairwoman of trustees of the Dulwich estate, said: “The Village Orchard is a beautiful place which offers something special in the heart of our community.
“It is designed as a tranquil space to be enjoyed by all those with an interest in nature.
“It supports the estate’s wider work in nurturing green spaces, making this area one of London’s greenest.
“The trail takes visitors on a walk from north to south Dulwich, and brings to life local history along the way through five permanent information signs and a walking map.
“We hope the orchard and the trail will provide much enjoyment to many people for years to come.”
Rachel Dowse, project officer at the London Wildlife Trust, said: “This is going to be a really amazing asset to the community for years to come. Not just for the people of Dulwich, but also for the wildlife.”
The Dulwich Estate is a charity originating from Edward Alleyn’s foundation which began in 1619, to offer educational opportunities to children and care for older people.