City Councilman Moves to Save San Fernando Valley’s Last Citrus Orchard

Bothwell Ranch along Oakdale Avenue, on the border of Tarzana and Woodland Hills, is seen in a Google Maps Street View image from March 2019.

Bothwell Ranch along Oakdale Avenue, on the border of Tarzana and Woodland Hills, is seen in a Google Maps Street View image from March 2019.

An effort is underway at Los Angeles City Hall to protect the last of the citrus orchards that once covered the San Fernando Valley before urban sprawl.

Councilman Bob Blumenfield introduced a motion Wednesday to consider Bothwell Ranch as a city historic-cultural monument.

The grove of Valencia and Navel oranges dates to 1926. According to a Blumenfield statement, the orchard once covered 100 acres and has shrunk to 13 acres.

It’s now surrounded by homes on four sides, along Oakdale Avenue between Collier and Linnet streets, on the border of Tarzana and Woodland Hills.

A monument designation would require developers to go through a review process before making any changes to the property.

The Los Angeles Daily News reports founder Lindley Bothwell died in 1986 and his wife lived there until her death in 2016. The newspaper says the property was put on the market for $13.9 million in April.

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