If you take a walk on south Millfields between the electricity substation and the river you'll see lots of new fruit trees planted by children from local schools this week. The kids had fun, and this Saturday is your chance to join in too! We'll be completing the Millfields orchard with a community planting of the final batch of trees. No experience or tools needed - there will be plenty of friendly regular local tree volunteers to work with, and tools supplied. Just bring your enthusiasm, shoes you don't mind getting muddy, gloves if it's chilly, maybe a thermos of something. If you don't fancy digging, come & encourage the diggers, or just to see what's going on and have a chat. Find out how we will be looking after the trees as they grow, see what fruit we'll be getting in a few years.
It all happens on Saturday (tomorrow) between 10.00 am and 2 pm. There's free soup at lunchtime. Contact: Emma Jack on 07814 027128 or Tim Evans 8986 3456 for more details.
On Tuesday evening I walked past a stop-and-search taking place on Lower Clapton Road, roughly opposite the Round Chapel. It's the second I've witnessed around that spot since the start of Operation Blunt 2 last spring. One of my sons was stopped-and-searched a while ago. Blunt 2 is becoming part of the scenery. Has it had a beneficial effect? If so, will that go on indefinitely? The new Met chief Sir Paul Stephenson has indicated that it will continue for some time. At this stage that might be seen as a political signal, one what associates him with Boris Johnson's wish that the service concentrates on the "core product". But will a point be reached when stop-and-search becomes counter productive, perhaps when young people with nothing to hide and information about others that could be useful begin seeing the police as hostile? I don't know if such a point will be reached. I do, though, hope that if it is our senior officers will notice.