Sunday 3rd November ‘Gardening Party’

Hello  friends

Do join the Gardening Party on Charlton station this coming Sunday afternoon 3 November from 2 – 4pm.  The space is looking so different from when we started; it’s a real credit to all those people who have put in so much hard work.

This month we want to plant broad beans in one of the raised beds.  Also to clear out the summer vegetables and plant seedlings of corn salad, kale and land cress for the winter.   There is still clearing to do at the platform end so that means we need help with collecting and delivering wheelie bins from Troughton Road, lopping branches and digging roots.

For anyone who’s coming for the first time, please wear stout shoes in case of hazardous debris in the area, bring your garden tools and gloves if you have them.  We have equipment to lend.

Even if you’re not able to give time, drop by the station on Sunday afternoon to share in the apple harvest.  Essie has picked more eating apples than she can use and Judy has an endless supply of windfalls—both eaters and cookers.  Perhaps you have a glut of veg to share?  Or would like to make a small donation to the upkeep of the garden.

The herbs are well established now and you are welcome to help yourself to any of the produce at the station garden.  It’s a shame to see ripe tomatoes fallen to the ground.

Look forward to seeing you on Sunday afternoon.

Open Meeting Wednesday 23rd October

We would like to welcome you to our next Open Meeting which will take place this Wednesday 23rd October at Charlton House at 7.15 pm. 

The meeting will celebrate what we’ve achieved this year at the Station, and looking at what we’ve learned from our work.  We’ll also talk about what’s happening at the Highcombe site and how we might take things forward next year.

There will stalls, including CareGrow with home made Preserves, Chilli Sauces, Relishes, Jams, Jellies and Marmalades – – and GCDA Healthy Eating.

There’ll also be a raffle, plant sale and a chance to win a prize in the quiz, answering questions on gardening and Charlton.

We look forward to seeing you there.






Hard work pays off

Hard at work

Our first ‘gardening party’ on 6th October was hard work for some clearing the last of the shrubs from the area by the flagpoles. This  has now been planted with currant bushes – a mix of black, white and red.  We also planted lots of bulbs, so we can look forward to a colourful display next spring and summer – crocuses, bluebells, narcissi, anemones and alliums.  Our 2 new raised beds have also been planted with garlic, onions, and lettuces.

Raised beds


And the fruits of our labour – some of our Koralik tomatoes….


The next ‘gardening party’ takes place on Sunday 3rd November from 2-4 pm at the station.

We look forward to seeing you there.