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 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. 
http://www.outdoorarttherapy.org.uk/

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.

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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