Fruit for All in North Acton Playing Fields

Local school children and ARTification create foraging field for the community

Pupils from local schools help plant the fields

School children have planted over 100 fruit bushes and a micro-orchard of fruit trees in North Acton Playing Fields this January.

The scheme is part of ARTification’s project, Edible Acton and aims to create a green asset for the community. The intention is that the field will provide an exciting addition to picnics in North Acton during the summer months as well as a vital habitat for birds and insects.

Created with funding from The Tree Council, this new nature corridor has given life to a previously unused border on the West side of the playing fields, now populated with thornless blackberry’s, redcurrants, blackcurrants, raspberries as well as a host of fruit trees – Comice Pear, Laxtons Superb Apple, Sunburst Cherry and Merry Weather damson.

Children from Holy Family Catholic Primary School and St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School planted the field over 2-frosty, muddy days, carefully spacing out the plants and adding nutritious mulch to the soil.

Despite the plants being in their winter state, without fruit or flower, excitement was already mounting for the months and years ahead, as one pupil commented, “I can’t wait to have a birthday picnic. I’m going to visit every day in the summer”.

Mr McCloskey, the Eco-Council leader at Holy Family Primary, reported how active stewardship enhances pupils learning, “As a school, we were fortunate enough to be involved in the Foraging Field. Members of the school Eco-Council were given a vital opportunity to move into action to develop their local area and work alongside experienced professionals to understand the environmental impact. Being involved in a local project such as this, has enabled our pupils to consider how they can further work to improve the futures of others in the world; whilst leaving a lasting legacy in a small part of Acton.”

The planting was on a previously unused section of the playing fields
The planting was on a previously unused section of the playing fields

This is part of ARTification’s Edible Acton project, which aims to increase access to locally grown food and growing spaces for all communities. The Foraging Field has been made by and for the community, started by local school children and now in the care of all local residents.

ARTification says, “Our gratitude goes to all the partners and friends who made it possible, including the funders at The Tree Council, Acton Gardening Association for their contribution of beautiful, locally grown fruit trees and Greener Ealing and Ealing Park Rangers for laying the groundwork for the project. We welcome the local community to continue sharing and supporting, to help the plants and trees thrive so that we can enjoy them for years to come.”

If you would like to learn more about Edible Acton and get involved in growing projects, contact ARTification at

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February 10, 2022