Come to Village Orchard open day – Saturday 18 May

08 May 2019

Join London Wildlife Trust at a pre-launch spring orchard event in Dulwich as part of Dulwich Festival. The new Village Orchard is being developed by The Dulwich Estate in partnership with the Trust, to mark 400 years of the founding of Alleyn’s College of God's Gift at Dulwich.

Open day programme

11:00 – 16:00

Nature inspired craft and play activities for children. Activities will include

  • Arts and crafts (making leaf crowns, painting and drawing).
  • Brightening up the orchard tree stakes with painted wooden slices and attaching them to the tree stakes.
  • Making bird feeders out of apples and sunflower seeds.
  • Nature and wildlife inspired games.

11:00 - 14:00

Practical conservation session in the orchard where you will have the opportunity to

  • Mulch and water the newly planted orchard trees.
  • Build a bug hotel to house the additional bugs that will be attracted now that the orchard has been planted.
  • Build a stag beetle loggery for this important protected species.
  • Plant dill, as Dulwich means "the meadow where dill grows".

12:00 – 12:45

  • Guided walk of the Orchard and local green spaces learning how to identify trees in spring.

12:45 - 14:00

  • Please bring lunch to the orchard and enjoy it in Dulwich’s newest green space.

14:30 - 15:30

  • Dulwich Wood Spring guided walk. Please meet at Sydenham Hill train station at 14:30 and join LWT for a walk around Dulwich Wood and Sydenham Hill Wood identifying wildlife in spring.

Read more about Village Orchard.