Community orchard created in Sutton

An Everyone Active colleague from David Weir was invited to plant a tree at St Helier’s first community orchard.

Spenser Pession, who works across the Sutton contract, joined students from Tweedale Primary School, councillors and staff from Sutton Council to plant a tree.

The orchard, on the St Helier Open Space near Tweeddale Road, contains 12 mature fruit trees and numerous saplings which will continue to grow for future generations. Residents will now be able to enjoy watching the orchard grow, as well as picking their own healthy snacks.

The project has been funded by the St Helier, The Wandle and The Wrythe Local Committee, which previously funded the outdoor gym on the St Helier open space. The committee supports projects proposed by local residents to improve the area and strengthen St Helier’s community.

Cllr Jean Crossby, councillor for St Helier ward, named the orchard ‘The St Helier and Tweeddale Orchard’ in recognition of the hard-working students who helped plant the trees.

“This Orchard is the first of many projects in the Community that will help to promote a sense of wellbeing and have health benefits. Tweedale students, local Councillors and the David Weir Leisure centre working alongside one another to plant the new trees is a great example of community cohesion.”

Councillor Moral

“It was an honour to have been asked to plant a tree in the St Helier’s and Tweedale orchard. It was a great day for everyone. We all proud to be playing a part in making London greener.”

Spenser Pession, Everyone Active Community Engagement Manager,