Welcome to Maryon Park Community Garden 

Providing growing beds, Forest School space, a community orchard, volunteer opportunities and a 'Friends of the Community Garden' Scheme in Charlton, South East London

Subject to the weather and holiday dates, the Community Garden is open regularly on 

Wednesday afternoons:

Summer 1.00 - 4.00 pm  Winter 11.0 am - 3.00 pm  

and the first afternoon in the month at the same times.


Headline News

Santa will be visiting the Community Garden Grotto, again this year, on Saturday 1st December, 12 noon to 3 pm. There will be gifts for young children plus a plant, cacti, jams, chutney and Christmas woodcraft sale. 


Voting for 'Tesco's 'Bags of Help' Grants in the Royal Borough of Greenwich has finished.

The Community Garden may receive £1,000, £2,000 or £4,000 depending upon the result which we expect to hear by the end of November.

Thank you to everybody who came to our Urban Harvest Open Day. In spite of the weather we had over 60 visitors .

Maryon Park Community Garden 'Urban Harvest Open Day'

Saturday 22nd September 2018: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm 
 

•  Plant and Cacti, Jams and Chutney, Wood Craft & Bird Boxes Sale

• Tours and talks about the Garden and Forest School

•  Activities for children: Making bird feeders 

• Pizza Oven fired up from 12 noon, bring your own dough and toppings

•   Refreshments: Organic teas & coffee, cake and herb teas

Family Outdoor Art Workshop

In the Forest School area there will be a free ‘Family Outdoor Art Workshop’ from 2 pm – 3.0 pm lead by Simon Woodward from COATS.

Bags of Help

Please vote for us by making purchases, at local Tesco shops, from 1st September to 31st October.

The Community Garden will receive £1,000, £2,000 or £4,000 depending on the vote.

We hope to improve the pathways in the Garden, but ideally need £4,000.

Please see the list of TESCO shops taking part below:

CLIFTON ROADABOUT SE12 8B  Express
DEPTFORD BRIDGE SE10 8EF  Express
ELTHAM CORONET SE9 6SU Express
ELTHAM HIGH STREET SE9 1DH  Express
GREENWCH CREEK RD  SE8 3BN  Express
GREENWICH TRAFALGAR RD SE10 9TZ  Express
GREENWCH PENINSULA SE10 0PE Express
WOOLWICH ARSENAL SE18 6TF Express
PLUMSTEAD LAKEDALE RD SE18 1PP Express
THE REACH THAMSMEAD SE28 0NY Express 

WOOLWICH EXTRA SE18 6HQ Extra


The donated tools have arrived, see News for a photo.

"Thank you" to Flymo and Gardena . 

 Flymo: https://www.flymo.com/uk/

Gardena: https://www.gardena.com/uk/ 
 

 The Community Garden has been successful in a grant bid to 'Bags of Help'. The Community Garden will be one of three local projects subject to a public vote  from Saturday 1st September to Wednesday 31st October in Tesco stores in Greenwich. The most popular project will receive £4,000, the second placed project £2,000 and the third £1,000. Any funds the Community Garden receives will go towards improvements of the fencing, paths and outdoor art therapy sessions.



The Community Garden
is pleased to announce that Flymo/McCulloch  are donating hand gardening tools to the Garden via their sister company Gardena.  This generous gift is to promote their philosophy of promoting gardening for all and the positive impact of being outdoors.
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Big thanks to Flymo: https://www.flymo.com/uk/ 

and special thanks to Gardena: https://www.gardena.com/uk/ 


Our Next Open Day

Saturday 22nd September: Capital Growth's Urban Harvest

10.0 am - 4.0 pm

Plant Sale, Craft Stall, Refreshments, Family Activities, 

Pizza Oven from 12 noon

Community gardens across the capital, including Maryon Park Community Garden, will be open on Saturday 22 September to welcome in visitors and volunteers to take part in garden activities and share the harvest as a community.

Two celebrate 'The Big Lunch' the UK's biggest annual get together, created by Tim Smit from the Eden Project, 
please join us for a Big Lunch at Maryon Park Community Garden - a vegetarian ‘Bring and Share' meal

on Saturday 2nd June 12 noon - 2.0 pm

Plus there will be a plant sale.



A Big 'Thank You' to the 146 people who visited the Community Garden on our Big Dig open day. 

Our next Open Day will be for the Big Lunch on Saturday 2nd June. 

The BIg Lunch is a bring and share community meal in the Garden.

Our last special Open Day was for Capital Growth's "BIG DIG" to mark the beginning of the 2018 growing season.

The Capital Growth's "BIG DIG DAY" was on Saturday 21st April 2018

The Community Garden was open 10.00 am to 4.00 pm 

Plant sale, Pop-up shop craft stall, Pizza oven, Tours & talks and children's activities

plus in the Forest School Are

At 1.00 pm 'P.J. the Magical Clown' sent his shaped balloons.

At 2.00 pm Simon ran a Family Outdoor Art Workshop


Santa in the Garden

Thank you to everybody, especially the families with young children, who came to meet Santa in the Community Garden on Saturday 2nd December

The Damson Jam sold out and the wood crafts were very popular.  

The Urban Harvest

Thank you to the 120 plus visitors who came to our Urban Harvest Open Day. We sold out of Jam and pizzas!

Our next Open Day will be for the Big Dig at the start of the new season in March.

Open Day is 'The Urban Harvest' on Saturday 16th September 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

'The Urban Harvest' on Saturday 16th September 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

The Urban Harvest is Capital Growth's celebration of the harvest and a chance to visit and learn about Maryon Park Community Garden. There will be a refreshments, a plant sale, jam sale, craft stall, children's activities including making bird feeders and an outdoor art making workshop.

Plus our ..........................Pizza 'ere ......... pizza oven will be fired up.

Bring your own vegetarian toppings, suggested donation £1 per slice.

Award Ceremony

On Wednesday evening at a ceremony at Greenwich Town Hall, the Community Garden was awarded a ‘Certificate of Merit’  by ‘Greenwich in Bloom 2017’ in recognition of the hard work put into the Community Garden.
Thank you to our volunteers, supporters and 
plot holders. 

The Film 'Blow-Up'

Thanks to Wendy and Iris, the Community Garden now has an exhibition of 'Then and Now' photos of Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 film "Blow-Up". Our Maryon Park was the location for many important scenes. (Photos: Wendy Plastock)


Family Art

After school summer and Autumn, term time family activities in the Community Garden and  Forest School; Thursdays, 4.00 - 5.00 pm £3 per session for first child, £2.50 for next child. 

Maximum of 10 children, first come, first served.

Refreshments provided.

The Big Lunch Open Day

   The next Community Garden open day is on Sunday 18th June 10.0 am - 4.0 pm for The Big Lunch        a 'Bring and Share' picnic in The Community Garden. There will be a Plant Sale form 10.0 a.m. and a 'We Cook Your Pizza' session from lunch time. 

Bring your own picnic and pizzas to share or make a donation to the work of the Community Garden.

The Big Dig

Thank you to our helpers and the 100 plus visitors who came to the Big Dig open day on Saturday 22nd April.

A special big thank you to those who contributed to the Community Garden funds via the plant sale, craft stall, book sale, gifts for the refreshments & pizzas and the general donations. 

Bring your own picnic and pizzas to share or make a donation to the work of the Community Garden.

Tesco Bags of Help

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its 'Bags of Help' initiative across England and
Wales. The scheme has seen three community groups and projects in each region awarded
grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.


The public voted in store to decide which local groups should receive the £12,000, £10,000
and £8,000 awards, 2,421 organisations from Tesco’s 400 regions up and down the UK will
receive a share of the Bags of Help fund.

We are please to announce that the Community Garden has been offered a £10,000 Grant from the Tesco “Bags of Help’ Grant scheme.

The Chair of the Community Garden, Tim Anderson, on hearing
the news of the Grant said - “We are delighted to have been granted £10,000
from the ‘Bags of Help’ scheme. This will enable us to improve the Community
Garden and continue our work with our Forest School, Outdoor Art Therapy and Special
Schools.” 

For more information about th 'Bags of help' Grant Scheme go to:

www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp 

Maryon Park Community Garden Special Open Days

The Community Garden was open for for families on Saturday 3rd December 1.00 - 3.00 pm when Santa was visiting the Grotto. 

The event raised £50 for the work of the Garden

The History of the Garden

The Community Garden was originally a plant nursery growing flowers to plant out in Maryon Park. The nursery closed in the 1970s and had become derelict wasteland.

The Friends of the Park, with the support of Greenwich Council, took over the abandoned and overgrown nursery in 2011.

Over forty volunteers worked clearing and preparing the garden. It was opened as a organic community food growing garden in 2012. 

The Garden

Keeping its association with the Friends of the Park, from April 2015, the Community Garden became an independent council recognised voluntary group with its own committee and officers.

The Community Garden and Forest School are a constituted, not-for-profit, project registered with Capital Growth. 

Organic Growing

Plot holders have gown; artichokes, beetroot, broccoli, broad and runner beens, carrots, courgettes, garlic, lettuce, onions, potatoes, pumpkins, sweet corn, tomatoes, and much more.

The Forest School

During April 2015 part of the garden was opened as a Forest School, an outdoor teaching and learning space for local Primary Schools, adult and youth projects. The space, a secluded wooded terraced and fenced area is also available for outdoor art and therapy projects

Funding

The Garden has received funding from Capital Growth, the Friends of Maryon and Maryon Wilson Parks, the Olympic environmental fund 'Transform', City Hall, the London Tree and Woodland Trust, our Corporate and ‘Business in the Community’ partners, the Tesco 'Bags of Help' community Grant scheme and gifts from the 'Friends of the Community Garden'.

Friends of Maryon Park Community Garden

The local people can support the Community Garden and Forest School and have access to this peaceful garden by joining our MPCG 'Friends of the Garden' scheme.  

Email or ring for details and membership forms.

Social Media 

Facebook - for regular updated photographs of the garden.

Find us on Facebook as the Maryon Park Community Food Growing Project:

https://www.facebook.com/MaryonParkFoodGrowingProject

Twitter

Follow one of our volunteers on the Old Nursery Twitter Feed:

https://twitter.com/theoldnursery

The Community Garden has been successful in a grant application to ‘Bags of Help’. The Community Garden will be one of three local community projects in a public vote from Saturday 1st September to Wednesday 31st October 2018 in Tesco stores in Greenwich. The most popular project will receive £4,000, the second place project £2,000 and the third £1,000 Any funds we receive will go towards improvements to the fencing and paths as well as outdoor art therapy sessions.
The Community Garden has been successful in a grant application to ‘Bags of Help’. The Community Garden will be one of three local community projects in a public vote from Saturday 1st September to Wednesday 31st October 2018 in Tesco stores in Greenwich. The most popular project will receive £4,000, the second place project £2,000 and the third £1,000 Any funds we receive will go towards improvements to the fencing and paths as well as outdoor art therapy sessions.
The Community Garden has been successful in a grant application to ‘Bags of Help’. The Community Garden will be one of three local community projects in a public vote from Saturday 1st September to Wednesday 31st October 2018 in Tesco stores in Greenwich. The most popular project will receive £4,000, the second place project £2,000 and the third £1,000 Any funds we receive will go towards improvements to the fencing and paths as well as outdoor art therapy sessions.
The Community Garden has been successful in a grant application to ‘Bags of Help’. The Community Garden will be one of three local community projects in a public vote from Saturday 1st September to Wednesday 31st October 2018 in Tesco stores in Greenwich. The most popular project will receive £4,000, the second place project £2,000 and the third £1,000 Any funds we receive will go towards improvements to the fencing and paths as well as outdoor art therapy sessions.
The Community Garden has been successful in a grant application to ‘Bags of Help’. The Community Garden will be one of three local community projects in a public vote from Saturday 1st September to Wednesday 31st October 2018 in Tesco stores in Greenwich. The most popular project will receive £4,000, the second place project £2,000 and the third £1,000 Any funds we receive will go towards improvements to the fencing and paths as well as outdoor art therapy sessions.
The Community Garden has been successful in a grant application to ‘Bags of Help’. The Community Garden will be one of three local community projects in a public vote from Saturday 1st September to Wednesday 31st October 2018 in Tesco stores in Greenwich. The most popular project will receive £4,000, the second place project £2,000 and the third £1,000 Any funds we receive will go towards improvements to the fencing and paths as well as outdoor art therapy sessions.
The Community Garden has been successful in a grant application to ‘Bags of Help’. The Community Garden will be one of three local community projects in a public vote from Saturday 1st September to Wednesday 31st October 2018 in Tesco stores in Greenwich. The most popular project will receive £4,000, the second place project £2,000 and the third £1,000 Any funds we receive will go towards improvements to the fencing and paths as well as outdoor art therapy sessions.
The Community Garden has been successful in a grant application to ‘Bags of Help’. The Community Garden will be one of three local community projects in a public vote from Saturday 1st September to Wednesday 31st October 2018 in Tesco stores in Greenwich. The most popular project will receive £4,000, the second place project £2,000 and the third £1,000 Any funds we receive will go towards improvements to the fencing and paths as well as outdoor art therapy sessions.








Headline news
  • The Plots

    Plots are provided, for local people, on an annual basis March to April.
    Fees must be paid by the end of March to secure the bed for the year. 
    All the growing beds for the 2015/16 season have been taken.
    A waiting list system is in operation for new gardeners.
    For more information leave a message on: 07779159387
    or email: maryonparkcommunitygarden@gmail.com


  • Volunteers

    The garden welcomes volunteers to work on the communal areas in the garden. There are sessions most Wednesday afternoons and the afternoon of the first Saturday of the month.
    For more information leave a message on: 07779159387
    or email: maryonparkcommunitygarden@gmail.com


  • The Forest School

    Part of the garden has been transformed into a teaching and learning space for Forest School activities.
    Schools or Youth Organisation who would like further information should contact us on:
    07779159387 (Leave a message)
    or email: maryonparkcommunitygarden@gmail.com


  • Special Visits

    Group visits to the Community Garden, for example by Special Schools, can be organised during weekdays by arrangement.
    Gifts to help the work of the Garden would be appreciated.
    For more information leave a message on: 07779159387
    or email: maryonparkcommunitygarden@gmail.com


  • Corporate Volunteer Days

    Corporate team volunteer days in the garden and park can be arranged by agreement.
    Business in the Community recommended fees apply.
    For more information leave a message on: 07779159387
    or email: maryonparkcommunitygarden@gmail.com



The Community Garden
The Community Garden provides raised growing beds for local people. The garden features an orchard, wild flower bank, art installation, a children's area, a poly tunnel, Greenhouse, cold frames and storage facilities. The garden has a 'Forest School' outdoor classroom area used by local primary schools and for outdoor rt..

Events: The Community Garden has three annual Open Days. 
1.The Big Dig in April
2.The Big Lunch in June
3. The Urban Harvest in September.


Big Dig Day
Capital Growth's 'Big Dig Day' marks the beginning of the season with a chance to visit the Garden and get involved.
This year the Big Dig is on Saturday 21st April 2018, The Garden runs tours and talks about the Community Garden, Forest School and Maryon Park. There will be a pop-up shop, plant sale, craft stall and a pizza oven. Teas and Coffees and light refreshments are provided. 
There will be children's activities and special events in the Forest School area  at 1.0 and 2.0 pm.
Visitor can join the Community Garden waiting list for growing plots.

The Big Lunch
The Big Lunch is the idea of Tim Smit from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours annually in June in a simple act of community, friendship and fun. Starting in 2009, this year the Big Lunch is on Sunday 3rd of June. The Community Garden Big Lunch is from 12 noon to 4 pm. when the pizza oven will be fired.
Bring your own lunch to share and donate for a pizza.

Urban Harvest 
Capital Growth's 'Urban Harvest' marks the end of the growing season in September and celebrates the Community Garden grown Harvest. The Urban Harvest Open Day features guided tours of the Garden and Forest School plus family activities and entertainment; outdoor art workshops, making lavender bags and bird feeders. Refreshments, teas and coffee, will include herd teas from the garden. Volunteers will show visitor the Garden and  Forest School. There will be a fundraising pop-up shop, plant sale and produce sale with damson jam, chutney and herbs for sale.

Community Volunteer Days: Wednesday Afternoons and the first Saturday Afternoon in the month
The garden welcomes volunteers to work on the communal areas in the garden and the Forest School space.
There are sessions most Wednesday afternoons and the afternoon of the first Saturday of the month (1.00 - 4.00 pm subject to holiday dates and the weather.) Just come along to meet us and see if the volunteer activities and our set up suites you.

Corporate Team Building Days
Work days for corporate or business teams can be arranged in the Community Garden with a range of gardening and landscaping activities. 
For more information leave a message on: 07779159387
or email: maryonparkcommunitygarden@gmail.com

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