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 next Community Garden Open Day will be on Saturday 17th September 10.00 am to 4.00 pm for Capital Growth's

'Urban Harvest Feast'

 The Community Garden will be celebrating the end of the season harvest with tours of the Community Garden and Forest School, children's activities, outdoor art, refreshments and by firing up our pizza oven.

Family Art Workshops in the Forest School with Simon Woodward at 1.00, 2.00 and 3.00 pm

Make a day of it as, the 1960s film 'Blow Up' which features Maryon Park is being shown at Charlton House on the 17th in the evening.


Thank you to all our visitors and volunteers who took part in Capital Growth's 

"Grow Well, Feel Well Day" on Saturday 9 July.

The Outdoor Art Workshops attracted families and the Community Garden is planning to offer more sessions in the future.

More information to follow.

A big thank you to everybody who came to our Big Lunch bring and share picnic in the Community Garden on Sunday 12th June 2016. We had over 100 visitors.

The next Community Garden Open Day will be Capital Growth's 'Edible Gardens Day' in September.

You can visit the garden when we have our regular volunteer sessions
on Wednesdays and the first Saturday in the month
           1.0 - 4.0 pm 

         (subject to the weather and holiday dates) 

 Monthly Outdoor Art Workshops

 Continue on Saturday 18th June 2.15 to 4.15 pm in the Forest School area. 

Booking essential see link below for more information: 

http://www.outdoorarttherapy.org.uk/outdoor-art-making-workshops-greenwich.html

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 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








Updates
  • 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.

Three Events: Our Two Annual Open Days and the Big Lunch
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.

Edible Garden's Day
Capital Growth's 'Edible Gardens Day' marks harvest and the end of the growing season. Last year it took place on Saturday 19th September 2015 when over 90 people attended. The next Edible Gardens Day will be in September 2016.
The Edible Gardens Day usually runs as a drop in from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm and features guided tours of the Garden and Forest School plus family activities; making lavender bags and bird feeders. Refreshments, teas and coffee, will include herd teas from the garden. Volunteers will lead local history talks and the garden fundraising stall with damson jams for sale will be open all day..

Community Volunteers
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)

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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