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!

Butterflies Update June and July

July

 

The less reliable weather during early July coupled with the return to a more normal lifestyle for some may have limited opportunities to spend time outside so there were fewer reported butterfly sightings at the start of the month. However as the month progressed these have increased with quite a variety reported including some seen for the first time this season, and in a wider range of locations. 

Red Admiral: My favourite this month is the Red Admiral which visited the flower bed adjacent to CCG’s community orchard in Charlton Park but chose to settle on the yoghurt pot rather than a flower.They are fairly widespread in SE7, and in addition to the parks they have also been seen in the gardens in Eastcombe Ave and Troughton and Wyndcliff Rds.

Holly Blue: Fewer this month though still occasional visitors to Troughton Rd and Eastcombe Ave.

Small Tortoiseshells: still present though also in fewer numbers but seen on the Highcombe allotments and Bramshot Ave. 

Peacocks: the summer brood is now emerging and so far seen in the parks, the allotments, and Troughton Rd.

Commas: quite frequently around SE7 throughout the month, specifically Bramshot and Eastcombe Ave and Troughton Rd.

Meadow Brown: this month in Bramshot and Eastcombe Ave.

Speckled Wood: still an occasional visitor to Troughton. Rd.

Gatekeeper: – the first sighting the season, reported in Troughton Rd and Eastcombe Ave. 

Whites: remain the most widespread and very frequently seen in parks and gardens throughout the area. Their identification isn’t easy but in addition to the Small and Large Whites, we believe a white photographed in Eastcombe Ave is a Green Veined White – a first for us this season.

Jersey Tiger Moth: another season’s first, so far spotted in Troughton Rd and Bramshot Ave.

Gypsy Moth: in spite of looking quite impressive, perhaps a visitor we are less keen to host. Seen in Inverine Rd, at one time it was a notifiable species by DEFRA.

 

Many thanks, once again, to all contributors. We appreciate your continued involvement, allowing us to build up a picture of what we have locally, which actually seems to be quite a lot. With your help, we look forward to seeing what August brings.

 

You may know that the Butterfly Conservation Organisation is currently holding its Big Butterfly Count and invite you to join in. This is running until Sunday August 9th. Details here:

http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/

JUNE

 

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this update, with information about what you have seen. On days when the sun comes out, so do the butterflies.

Perhaps the most exciting was the Painted Lady, seen and photographed in Troughton Road and Maryon Wilson Park.
According to the Butterfly Conservation website ( https://butterfly-conservation.org/butterflies/painted-lady) it is a long distance migrant finding its way to Charlton from North Africa, Middle East and Central Asia. Astonishing.
It was also exciting to see a Comma, Meadow Brown and Small White visiting the Station Garden.
Commas and Meadow Browns are now seen much more frequently across SE7, specifically in Troughton Road, Eastcombe Avenue and the Maryon Wilson/ Maryon parks.
Small whites are now numerous and have also been seen in Bramshot Avenue.
Brimstones have been seen again occasionally in Eastcombe Ave and Troughton Road and Small Tortoiseshells and Holly Blues have made more regular appearances in the gardens of both roads.
Red Admirals have been spotted again in Troughton Rd as well as Maryon Park as has the Speckled Wood.
Finally the mint moth is still enjoying Charlton’s mint and oregano in many gardens.
Though we haven’t had an update of butterflies in Wyndcliff Road – surely there are some – damsel flies and stag beetles are reported to have been seen there.
If you’re wondering where the Peacocks have gone, Simon Saville, Chair of Surrey & SW London Branch – Butterfly Conservation, informs us that the summer caterpillars are now to be seen on nettle patches in parks, gardens and elsewhere and that the butterflies won’t be laying any more eggs this year. The ones that eventually hatch from these caterpillars will spend the whole winter as adults, hibernating in deep foliage, outhouses etc. They will then lay their eggs next spring and then the caterpillars will be searching out more nettles. If you have it in mind to create a more butterfly friendly garden, Simon reminds us that nettles are not only beneficial to Peacocks but they are also the food plant for Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral and Painted Lady caterpillars. No doubt this is why the butterflies reported here have most frequently been spotted in parks and gardens in close proximity to the railway line.
Once again we invite you to share your sightings with us with / without a photograph. If identification proves difficult, the website https://butterfly-conservation.org/butterflies/identify-a-butterfly
usually helps and we look forward to sharing the July results with you.