It is cold, dark and wet out there…… but at least we don’t have to worry about watering. However we do need to look ahead. The days are slowly getting longer and the bulbs are coming through.
All our regular volunteers and the committee members are meeting up for a social gathering in the dry, and without need for stout shoes and gardening gloves. This is at Cattleya in February. Jane has been in contact by email to find out numbers so that she can book.
You will need your gardening kit for the first Station gardening party of the year. This will be on Sunday 4th February, between 2 and 4 p.m. We have changed back to afternoon sessions as a number of people said that this was their preferred time.
Dates of all subsequent gardening parties this year can be found in the Diary Dates page. Usually it is the first Sunday of the month, other than when it is a bank holiday week end.
The orchard continues to develop and is being actively supported by pupils at Charlton Park School who have been helping us with the watering – though they have been relieved of duties recently. New young trees need regular watering, they dry out very easily and need a lot of water until their roots develop.
We will be planting a second orchard on Saturday March 24th. This will be at a location close to the Children’s Playground.
And finally, lots of advance notice for our Plant Sale at Charlton Station on May 17th. Volunteers are sowing seeds and cuttings to be ready for the sale. All contributions will be gratefully received.
And here is a photo to remind us that spring is just around the corner
We had the idea a long time ago. We even had the money; a grant from Greggs the bakers. But finalising our site and getting agreement to what we could put where, was more of a challenge, and has taken over a year to come to fruition.
BUT we did it. On Saturday 11th November a hardy team of volunteers planted our first fruit trees, incorporating tree cage guards and irrigation support systems. Thank you all. They have planted apples, plums, quinces and a fig; the fig was a donation in memory of Susan Kemble who died recently. A plaque has been fixed to the wall by the plant.
A further donation of a water-butt from Brenntag has been set up by Mike, so that we are ready for watering come the dry season, when our trees will need the additional water. The butt is filled from the roof of the Old Cottage Coffee Shop, who also provided welcome refreshments on tree planting day.
There was also considerable assistance given by the grounds maintenance team from the Parks, Estates and Open Spaces department of the Royal Borough of Greenwich
And special thanks must also go to Judy, Ruth, Jane and Kate who have been so committed to this project, organising publicity, submitting grant applications, liaising with officials, buying plants and equipment, recruiting volunteers and generally making the whole thing happen.
And so all we need do now is to await our purple blooms in early spring 2018.
Charlton Community Garden’s again supported planting of corms at Fairfield Health Centre. This time in the small triangle of land at the back of the centre. A small advance crew cleared the patch of weeds and large stones, and on Saturday 20th October our corm planters got planting.