London In Bloom – 2020 Covid Version……….

 

Although there was not a formal garden visit judgement this year,  written submissions were entered at the request of the judges.  Submissions were made for both the station garden and the orchard.  Thanks Pat and Jane for doing this on our behalf.

What follows is information from the judges – and a copy of a small section of the results.

“Please find attached the results for this year’s desk-top judging and thank you all for entering in this most difficult of years.

The Trustees have decided as there was considerable variation in the type of submission it was  not possible to be able to arrive at an overall winner in each category.

And as the RHS did not run the In Your Neighbourhood category this year  we held our own in both London & South & South East in Bloom with the title  Community Gardening Award.

Our Community (Sponsored by idverde)

St Mary’s Secret Garden, Hackney Silver

Cottington Community Garden, Lambeth Silver Gilt

Cottington Estate Beds, Lambeth Silver Gilt

Katherine Buchan Meadow, Ealing  Silver Gilt

Kingsgate Garden Club, Camden Silver Gilt

The Friends of Bedfords Park Walled Garden, Havering Silver Gilt

Campbell Gordon Way Residents’ Associations, Brent Gold

Charlton Community Gardens – Community Orchards, Greenwich …..Gold

Charlton Community Gardens – The Station, Greenwich …..Gold

Chiswick House and Gardens Trust, , Chiswick House & Gardens Trust       Gold

Cleveland Park Residents’ Association, Waltham Forest Gold

Community Gardening Award

Campbell Gordon Way Residents’ Associations, Brent           Outstanding

Charlton Community Gardens – Community Orchards, Greenwich ……Outstanding

Charlton Community Gardens – The Station, Greenwich ……..Outstanding

Cleveland Park Residents Association, Waltham Forest Outstanding

Cody Road and South Crescent Business Group, Newham Outstanding

Core Landscapes Community Garden, Newham Outstanding

Cranbrook Community Food Garden, Tower Hamlets Outstanding

Family Learning Event ” Take Away” Thursday October 29th. 2020

Hello,

Charlton Community Gardens are keeping in touch this autumn with a ‘Takeaway’ bag.  

Children, with a little help, can enjoy these activities at home.  

  •  Plant a bulb in a decorated jam jar 
  •  Make and colour a Halloween mask
  • Make a plastic flower to put in the jam jar
 
Enjoy some quizzes and word searches
 

Collect your free bag from our Cafe Orchard ( Community Orchard)- next to the Old Cottage Coffee Shop in Charlton Park (you can enjoy a drink or snack at the same time). 

                        Thursday October 29th between 10.00 and 12.00.

 

Please email us to book your bag – your child’s age and gender would be helpful.

                    charltoncommuniitygardens@gmail.com

 

                   Children must bring an adult with them!

Butterfly Update 3 – Summers End

September has been a month with great variation in weather, with some lovely warm sunny days before the more recent cold and wet conditions, hence we might have expected to see a range of butterflies at least prior to the cooler days returning. In fact this has not been the case and only one species, the Small White, has been spotted in SE7 this month. We can speculate as to whether this might indicate a cause for concern, and the question of whether butterfly populations are in decline is one which has been discussed by many who follow wildlife.
Whatever the conclusion, it would be nice to think that in 2021, SE7 gardens will become more butterfly friendly, and we are fortunate in having information readily available as how to achieve just that.
A range of websites assists us with this and while we might be overwhelmed with detail, there are a number of relatively simple ways in which we can promote a more butterfly friendly habitat.
This month’s photograph shows the Small White on rocket which has been neglected / allowed to flower and clearly the butterfly is attracted to this. Perhaps we need to be slightly less tidy gardeners in terms of allowing ‘weeds’ to grow – as with ragwort – which provided just what the Gatekeeper wanted in the Troughton Road garden in July. Also Stinging Nettles are the host plant for the caterpillars of 5 of our most colourful butterflies. This explains why we now have a small patch of nettles in the garden at the station. While it is a relatively small patch, we have planted it there to remind us that while they may not be considered to be pretty, they are very attractive in a different sense. If you have room in your garden, you might consider adopting similar practices in order to attract a greater range of butterflies throughout SE7