Community Orchard – Charlton Park – First Trees Planted

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  Kebbell died recently.  A plaque has been fixed to the wall by the plant.

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.

Purple4Polio – Clearing and Planting -All done

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.

Spooky Autumn Half -Term Family Event – Charlton House

This last half-term holiday we took our Family Event into Charlton House and joined in with a children’s event being held there.

The Long Gallery was full of children making haunted houses from boxes and listening to stories organised by The Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust,  which manages Charlton House.

Charlton Community Garden’s contribution was helping children to decorate pots, plant them with bulbs

and finish them off with a brightly patterned fabric cover.  This proved to be a very popular activity; so too making a spider from wood, and wire.  So popular was this that all the spider parts had been used before the end of the session.  We are very sorry that some of you were unable to take home your own spider.