Photo of Queens Orchard, Greenwich Park
LocationQueens Orchard, Greenwich Park
Variety Nigra
OS grid referenceTQ 39013 77791
Site classHeritage / Notable

Open to the public Sundays 1-4pm. (1) The Queen's Orchard was part of Greenwich Park from the 17th century onwards, but was alienated in 1976 when the Greenwich Hospital Estate sold it to Greenwich Council. It remained in their ownership and was managed as a wildlife garden until it was returned to The Royal Parks. It reopened in April 2013 after restoration. Heritage fruit trees were planted in 2011, some dating back to 1500s. (2) There is a fine black mulberry, possibly a James I planting. It was sick in 2014, with curling leaves. According to an RGS volunteer, the tree had been hit by the storm of 1987, but was replanted. The mound it was on had been covered with wild flowers. These were removed and new flowers sown. The mound had also been banked up. Still like this in 2016.

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