Fruit trees

The site of Palace Road Estate was once occupied by large detached houses, each with their own garden. These gardens left the estate a legacy of fruit trees – pears, plums and cherries. Over the years, these trees have become less productive and some have died, but there is still a large crop of pears to be harvested in the autumn.

Open Orchard Project tree planting
Planting a tree next to the playground

In early 2014 the estate was fortunate enough to be visited by volunteers working with the Open Orchard Project. They planted ten fruit trees across the estate, ensuring that our fruit harvest will continue for many years into the future.

Open Orchard Project volunteers
The volunteers pose for a photo in Hillside Gardens Park – another site where they planted trees