Some events to look out for………… A change of date for Purple for Polio

A History of Gardens and Growing in Charlton

On Saturday 18th February at 2:30 pm in the Grand Salon in Charlton House, Barbara , Caroline and Judy will be giving a talk for the Charlton Society.

The details are:-

Outline: the talk will look at how the land in Charlton and the surrounding area has been used over time for growing food . 

They will cover:

  •        what was happening in the 18th and 19th centuries in farming and market gardening
  •       the estates and gardens of the ‘Big Houses’ such as East Combe and Bramhope Lodge
  •       allotments and how they developed from the 19th century, looking particularly at their expansion during WW1 and      WW2
  •       the importance of community growing spaces today and for the future

Please note, Entrance and refreshments: members £2; visitors £3.

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Purple For Polio

To mark the blooming of the crocus (we hope!!!), we are holding an informal get together at The Fairfield Practice

this will no longer  be from 9:30 – 10:30 on Saturday 25th February.

A new date is to be set in March when we are more likely to have some purple crocus to see 

If possible, please wear or bring something purple.

purple

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Early notice of our Plant Sale 

Our main, annual plant sale, where we raise funds for the garden, will be held on 18th May 2017  details will follow closer to the date, but we welcome any plants you may have spare, so a reminder now in case you want to plant a few extras or take some cuttings for us.   

Another award…….. Certificate of excellence. Gold Status. Community Rail awards 2016

We don’t want to boast……..well maybe we do.  But we do have have another award and it is worth celebrating.  This time Mike and Jane went to Southport to represent us and to collect our certificate. The competition was strong and our submission and inspection from the judges got us through to the final round.  The whole thing was organised by  ACORP ( (The Association of Community Rail Partnerships – a federation of over 50 community rail partnerships and rail promotion groups)).  The top award went to  Hindley station in Wigan.

mike-and-jane-railway-award-16 rail-certificate-2016

Outstanding ….and a Gold Award.

This is the third year that Charlton Community Gardens has entered the London in Bloom annual awards.

These are “The Annual Awards …. where London in Bloom celebrates the efforts of London’s Boroughs, Communities, Businesses and individuals who do so much to make London a special place to live, work and visit.…”

In the first year we entered we were categorized as “Developing”  and last year we achieved “Outstanding”; the highest award.    This year we again achieved “Outstanding”.  For the first time two CCG supporters attended the awards ceremony at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park.  While it was great to achieve “Outstanding”, CCG also gained a completely unexpected “Gold award” in the new, competitive,  RHS “London, It’s your Neighbourhood” award.

The areas of achievement commented upon included;

  • the watering volunteers,
  • the lack of litter,
  • the re-cycling of flower pots,
  • the use of the green bins of people who live close to the station,
  • the planting,
  • the family events and
  • the links with other local groups i.e. Men in Sheds.

The development of the community orchard was also noted.

So congratulations to everyone who over the past year have supported and helped Charlton Community Gardens achieve such positive recognition from an awarding body.  We already know how much local visitors to the station appreciate your efforts, as we are often told at gardening parties etc. how much people enjoy watching the garden at the station change during the year.  Hopefully we will soon be receiving the same great feedback from the soon to be developed community orchard in Charlton Park.

 

Receiving our London in In Bloom - outstanding award

Receiving our London in In Bloom – outstanding award

Receiving our gold "RHS It's Your Neighbourhood award

Receiving our gold “RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood award

 

Our awards

Our awards

 

Tea - Richmond Park. LIB Awards

Tea – Richmond Park. LIB Awards

Wood chippings arrive in advance of "Judgement day"

Wood chippings arrive in advance of “Judgement day”

2016 Judgement Day - June

2016 Judgement Day – June