Planting the Community Orchard – Phase 2. 24th March 2018 With help from the Mayor of Greenwich

A rather overcast, post-rain morning was ideal for planting out the   fruit trees in Charlton Park; the second phase of our community orchard, funded by a grant from Greggs the bakers.  Fruit trees planted include apples, crab apple, pears, plums, damson and quince.

Planting Instructions

Making a hole for the supporting stake


Stake in.. Tree in…

The Worshipful the Mayor of Royal Borough of Greenwich was invited to see what was going on and to give encouragement. This he did. He even got his hands dirty and planted a tree.

The “Greensleeves” apple tree and the Mayor who planted it

Volunteers were up and out early getting the ground prepared.  Holes were dug, water system pipes positioned, stakes rammed in, trees planted, holes re filled, and finally trees caged.


The new wheeled water carrier to the right of the picture

Regular watering is vital if the trees are to flourish before they develop a root system that can cope with even temporary and short lived dry spells. Our new wheeled water carrier made an appearance, and will be used by pupils from Charlton Park School who will help with watering.

Welcome refreshments from The Old Cottage Coffee Shop


The Mayor joins us for refreshments

Thanks to everyone who helped get the work done particularly to Mike and Jane, who arrived soon after 7 a.m.  after flying in from South America yesterday.  Mike dug and planted and Jane organised the welcome refreshments which were generously supplied by the Old Cottage Cafe in the park.  Judy, Ruth and Kate also were key in planning and organising the event and recruiting volunteers as well as  purchasing and storing both trees and equipment for the planting. The knowledge, skill and muscle power of staff from the grounds maintenance team from the Parks, Estates and Open Spaces department of the Royal Borough of Greenwich was much appreciated.  Charlton Residents Association also gave support and encouragement.

Family Learning Event – Thursday 5th April 2018 -10 till 12 – Charlton Station

Please join us on Thursday 5th April for our child and family gardening event at Charlton Station.  We will have activities in the garden itself as well as craft activities under the canopy, so rain or shine, we will be there.  High winds and heavy snow may pose a problem, but let’s think positive.  Here is hoping that spring will really be with us by then.


Purple4Polio – First Celebration of the year




A small group of volunteer corm planters met on Thursday 15th March to welcome the first flowering of purple crocus.  These had been planted at the Fairfield Health Centre last Autumn. We were lucky to meet up between the major and minor  “Beast from the East”.  There was a good show this year, but the ones planted last year were looking glorious.  

A representative from The Rotary joined us.  Purple4Polio is a project that they, in conjunction with a range of community groups, have supported for a number of years.  The aim is the worldwide eradication of polio.  For more information about this project see the Purple4Polio tab on the website.

Linked in with CCG, More crocus corms were planted at local schools and by The Central Charlton Residents Association.  We await news of how they have all fared.