Charlton Station Garden Highly Rated by the RHS
London in Bloom judges rated the station garden as “outstanding” in the 2015 awards. This is the second year running that the garden has been visited by the judges and their evaluation jumped from seeing the garden last year as “developing” to this year achieving the top rating of “outstanding”. They especially commented on water collection and the commitment of our Watering Volunteers. Well done everyone!
Update on the Highcombe Site
Plans to rebuild Our Lady of Grace primary school on a disused playing field in Highcombe were passed by Greenwich Council on 17 September, despite a 100-signature petition signed by neighbours who oppose the development.
With a shortage of school places in Greenwich borough, planning chair Mark James said that as community open space can be used for education, “that is the overriding consideration” in the case. Councillors did call for a community garden to be included on site.
Caroline Love of Charlton Community Gardens argued for a “community-managed park”. She pointed out that CCG was formed through unsuccessful negotiations with Southwark Diocese to use the land, and that with the alternative use agreed for this site, there will continue to be too few community open spaces. The Charlton area is already identified as deficient in community open space in the Council’s own policies.
Using Seasonal Produce
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