Our Easter Family Learning Event – Good weather was with us, and so were the children.

After the cold wet weather of recent weeks we were lucky that Thursday 5th April was a fine still day.  Our craft events went well and children left with butterflies and caterpillars made from milk bottles and wind chimes made from bamboo, jewels and flowerpots.

As ever, litter picking with the litter pincers, proved popular and helped keep the station tidy.

Making a wind chime

Testing the wind chime








caterpillars to the left, butterflies to the right

Engrossed – Threading milk bottle tops onto elastic bands with a bent paperclip.




More threading

The ever popular litter picking -for the children at least!

More Purple4Polio –

Purple is popping up all over……  Well, Wellington Gardens and Charlton Manor School anyway.

Wellington Gardens corms were planted by the Central Charlton Residents Association.










and at Charlton Manor School


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.