Award-winning developer London Square is encouraging its buyers to stay in touch with nature by planting apple trees in the garden of every new house it builds and in the landscaped grounds of all its developments across the capital.
London Square is making tree-planting part of its 10th anniversary celebrations this year. Its Chief Executive, Adam Lawrence, was inspired by the recommendations of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission’s report, Living with Beauty, for a mass planting of fruit trees in towns and for every home to own a fruit tree.
We are embracing a great tradition by visionaries such as Dame Henrietta Barnett, who presented apple trees to every home in Hampstead Garden Suburb when it was first built at the turn of the 20th century. Many of those trees still survive today.
We want to mark our anniversary in a tangible way that will stand the test of time. We will give an apple tree for the garden of every house we sell and plant apple trees in the communal gardens and landscaped areas of our developments, supporting the ideas put forward in the Living with Beauty report. We will be using a traditional English variety and residents will be able to enjoy the spring blossom, watch the apples grow throughout the season, and enjoy eating them in the autumn.
London Square, which has an outstanding track record for tackling complex sites across Greater London, delivering a mix of affordable, homes for private sale, community facilities and commercial space, currently has 1,018 homes in production at sites across Greater London, including Bermondsey, Caledonian Road, Staines-upon-Thames, Orpington, and Tadworth in Surrey.