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 Garden shortlisted for a Bags of Help Grant
Maryon Park Community Garden need votes for a Tesco 'Bags of Help' Grant
The supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork on its ‘Bags of Help' initiative, which see grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.
This local shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
Maryon Park Community Garden is one of the groups on the shortlist.
The Community Garden is a not-for-profit voluntary project, providing growing plots, a community orchard, outdoor art workshops and a Forest School in Charlton, South East London.
“The Bags of Help' Grant will enable us to improve the environment in Maryon Park and help the Community Garden thrive. Our plot holders, visitors, Business in the Community and Special School partners and the local early years children will all benefit.”
Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
Voting will be open in stores from 31 October to 13 November 2016
Maryon Park Community Garden Special Open Days
The next Community Garden Open Day will be in March 2017 for Capital Growth's Big Dig Day.
Monthly Outdoor Art Workshops
The final workshop, this season, was on Saturday 24th September.
Thanks to Simon, Tanya and Verity from COATS. We hope to see you next year.
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 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: