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Hawkers needed! Apple tree planting ( + free pizza & cider )

10 March 2017


Hawkers needed! Apple tree planting ( + free pizza & cider )


Are you good with your hands and happy to get a bit dirty?! We're looking for some Hawkers to join us for our first orchard planting of 2017 at Deen City Farm!


After a morning of fun planting the apple trees, we'll be heading to Fountain and Ink bar in SE1 to try some pizzas and Urban Orchard cider on the house...what could be better?!


The farm is just a 10 minute walk from Colliers Wood underground station, where everyone will be meeting at 9.00am.


09.00 Meet at Colliers Wood underground station (Nthrn Line)

09.10 Group walk to Deen City Farm

09.15 Meet at Deen City Farm (Parking available for any drivers)

09.30 Apple Tree Planting

12:30 Planting finishes - tea and coffee in Deen City Farm cafe

14:00 Arrive at Fountain and Ink (52 Stamford St, London SE1), Free pizza and Urban Orchard Cider


As you know, at Hawkes we are all about tapping into that true community hawker spirit, and it's the apples from community orchards spaces and trees across London that make our blend truly unique. So the trees you will be planting will not only help promote sustainability and benefit the beauty of Deen City Farm, you will also be laying the roots for future glasses of Urban Orchard Cider...pretty cool.


If you want to get involved, then email us at donald@wearehawkes.com to grab a space!

A new orchard at Mudchute Farm

1 March 2016


The Team


We are proud to announce that we have just planted a new 33 tree apple orchard at Mudchute Park and Farm on the Isle Dogs, supported by sales of Urban Orchard Cider.

Working with The Open Orchard Project, and friends at Honest Burgers and Cave Direct, we spent the day grafting down at the farm to get the new trees planted before the warmer Spring weather. The day was tough and long, but so worth it.

The trees will take two to three years to bear fruit, and come that time their apples will be donated to make more cider! In the meantime the new trees will contribute to educating visitors on the importance of nature and sustainability in fruit production.

In the future, as we grow, we intend to come back to plant more. For every drop of our cider sold, we invest a percentage of our profits back into community growing projects such as this new orchard.

If you want to support the planting of new trees yourself, you can sponsor a fruit tree with Open Orchard and go along to help plant it. More info at: Open Orchard

Mudchute Farm is a community charity, set in 32 acres of countryside in the heart of East London, with a working farm, stables, a children’s nursery and a wide range of education activities. More at: Mudchute

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The big Urban Apple pick

1 October 2015

Working with our friends at Open Orchard we spent the day down at Bethlam Hospital in South East London, picking apples that had been donated to contribute to our cider’s urban apple blend. Hard hats at the ready ­ a falling apple can give you quite a knock to the head!

We take donations of surplus apples from the community, grown in back gardens, community spaces and orchards across the South East, and give our appledonors cider in return. The donated apples, which can be any variety of culinary apple, add the magic to our cider blend.

These apples would otherwise have gone to waste ­ we collected two tonnes of apples at this pick, and we were delighted to have been able to put them to good use.

In 2015 we received 8 tonnes of donated apples in total ­ a record we want to smash in 2016 by doubling that quantity! If you have an apple tree in your garden or know of apple trees locally and want to save the surplus fruit from a sad fate, find out more and sign up to become and apple donor yourself here.