Welcome to Maryon Park Community Garden 

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

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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. 

The next Open Day is on Sunday the 18th June 10.0 am - 4.0 pm for the 'Great Get Together':  

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. 

Free entry if you bring your own picnic and pizzas to share.


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

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


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


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 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:



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


  • 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, cold frames, a poly tunnel, and storage facilities. The garden has a 'Forest School' outdoor classroom area.

Events: Our Annual Open Days, The Big Dig, the Big Lunch and Urban Harvest.
The Community Garden has annual Open Days and holds a bring and share picnic on Big Lunch Day.

Big Dig Day
Capital Growth's 'Big Dig Day' marks the beginning of the season with a chance to get involved in practical garden tasks. This year, on Saturday 16th April 2016, the Maryon Park Community Garden hosted a 'Big Dig Day' event when 100 people attended.
The Garden runs tours and talks about the Community Garden, Forest School and Maryon Park. Teas and Coffees and light refreshments.
Garden and Children's activities, plus fund raising for the work of the garden; bick-a-brack and plant sale stalls.
The growing plots are allocated for the year. Contact the Community Garden to join the waiting list.

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, the Friends of the Park have held a Big Lunch, but from 2016 this, bring and share picnic, is held in the Community Garden. The Community Garden Big Lunch is from 12 noon to 4 pm.

Grow Well, Feel Well Day
Grow Well, Feel Well Day
was a Capital Growth initiative about the many ways gardening can benefit health and well-being. Grow Well, Fell Well Day offered opportunities and activities to engage with growing food in the city. The Community garden took part in the event in July 2016 featuring Family Outdoor Art Workshops.

Urban Harvest (Previously known as Edible Gardens Day)
Capital Growth's 'Urban Harvest' marks the end of the growing season and celebrates the Community Garden grown Harvest. Last year it took place on Saturday 19th September 2015 when over 90 people attended. The next Urban Harvest Open Day will be on Saturday September 17th 2016 10.00am - 6.00pm.
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 & 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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