Northend Community Orchard branches out

Councillors, contractors and residents with the new Northend Community Orchard information signOur Northend Community Orchard is continuing to bloom with the planting of six new trees and the installation of a new information sign about the site.

Since 2015, our housing service has been supporting local people to plant up Dacorum's first modern-day community orchard, which was formerly a tenanted farm, farmed by the Ison family.

Our contractors, Jarvis Construction, funded and installed the information board at the site. They were joined by members of our housing team, members of the Ison family and Leverstock Green Ward Councillors Graham Sutton and Hazel Bassadone.

Arthur Ison, 89, grew up on the farm and remembers the hard work that went into running it. He told us: “I haven’t set foot on this land for nearly 70 years, but I remember that we all mucked in to help on the farm. My father was the last tenant farmer here so even as a child I would go along the racks in the chicken shed to collect the eggs. I also recall gathering the nuts from three large walnut trees, so I’m pleased to see that more of these have been planted here.”

For further information about the Northend Community Orchard, please email