Claire Williams has the latest on the Charlton Community Gardens scheme…
Congratulations to Bill Dolan and Gordon Parrish, joint winners in the over 16s category of Charlton Community Gardens Edible Window Box Competition. Their winning entries used a range of decorative and edible plants, and scored points too for the recycled birdbath used as the container.
Neighbours agree with our judges, Jillian Smith from Charlton and Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society and Barbara Holland of the Charlton Community Gardens group: “What Gordon and Bill create in their gardens each year gives so much enjoyment.”
The joint first winners shared prizes donated by shopkeepers from The Standard, a voucher from Sparkes the Butcher and a pair of secateurs from Marnells. The winners said “These great prizes will go towards our Christmas”.
The prize in the children’s section went to Theo Saldin and the over 16 runner-up was Maria Bloor. Their prizes came from Ottie and the Bea and from Well Bean Health Food store.
Charlton Community Gardens group is not yet a year old. It was set up to promote
cooperation and support for everyone interested in sustainable and organic growing
and wildlife diversity in Charlton. The group is working on leasing local land for
shared growing and learning together.
Alongside running the Edible Window Box competition, the group raised plants for
sale at The Hornfair and at local school fairs. “We are keen that schoolchildren get
the habit of “grow to eat” and window boxes will flourish on balconies and ledges in
any sunny spot,” say members of the Steering Group.
If you’d like more information about how to get involved in the Charlton Community
Gardens group, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The
group’s website is under development.