Fruit trees are to be planted across an area of Walthamstow over the next year as part of a community group project.

The Blackhorse Action Group (BAG) residents' association launched the scheme last week with the inaugural planting of eight apple, pear, cherry, plum and gage trees at the Grange in the St James Street area.

The 'E17 Fruit Bag' project aims to educate residents about planting and cultivation of fruit trees, as well as how to prepare and preserve their bounty for eating.

It is hoped by Spring 2014 a total of 36 trees will have been planted across the neighbourhood.

Sites earmarked for the new trees include Low Hall, Stoneydown Park and Tenby Court.

Grange resident and gardening enthusiast Nuria Rodriguez said: ”This is a really exciting project which will bring some lovely trees to the area, increase access to locally grown fruit and offer fun days out for the whole family.

"Please do tell your neighbours, and get involved in planting the trees near you.”

BAG secured funding for the project through the Local Food group, which is a coalition of environmental organisations run by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, with support from the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces programme.

The tree planting last week was also supported by The London Orchard Project, the Friends of Stoneydown Park residents group, housing body Ascham Homes and Waltham Forest Council.

Organisers are inviting residents from across Walthamstow to get involved through a series of workshops at The Mill community centre in Coppermill Lane.

It is also planning a series of events from May onwards with tips on how to make juices, treats and fruity preserves from home-grown fruit.

Pop into the Mill or visit the websites and for more information.