Volunteer power boosts Old Pond Garden restoration at Charlton House

Walled Garden wreath

Seen the Christmas wreaths on the walled garden at Charlton House? They’ve bene placed there by the Charlton and Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society, whose volunteers have been restoring the Old Pond Garden this year between the lockdowns. The society’s KATHY AITKEN explains what’s been happening.

If readers are out on a walk over Christmas, perhaps they might like to go past, admire the wreaths and peep in to see what the Old Pond Garden Volunteers have been doing to restore this lovely garden. The garden looks a bit bare and new at the moment but there is such promise for spring, when we hope the gates will open again, and 2,000 newly planted bulbs, primroses and Hellebores will brighten everyone’s view!

Our volunteer scheme to restore the Old Pond Garden was started by the Charlton & Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society in February and has been going from strength to strength this year despite the intermittent lockdowns.

Old Pond Garden

Just before the latest one, we decorated the iron gates between the Old Pond Garden and the Long Borders garden at the back of Charlton House, sustained by mince pies from the Charlton Bakehouse. The garden is perfect to work outdoors and be able to keep a safe social distance but still manage to be sociable!

Our volunteers have been a fantastic support all this year and have had lots of fun in between doing some very serious weeding and pruning. The beautiful new planting scheme for the garden is by Charlton garden designer Jason Carty, and helped by the recent mild weather, we have got some beds fully planted up already. There is much to look forward to, and that is so important at the moment!

New volunteers are welcome, any gardening ability, details are on our website. The scheme will start up again once Tier 4 restrictions are lifted.

You can find out more about the Old Pond Garden project at cahbas.com.


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