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
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.
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.
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.
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: