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.
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.
Got small children to entertain next weekend? Charlton Toy Library, which is based at Charlton House, is putting on a treasure hunt in Charlton Park next Saturday. In their own words…
Charlton Toy Library is putting on a Christmas Treasure Hunt, on Saturday 12 December between 10.30 – 12.30.
There will be two trails for little hunters. One easier one for kids up to 3 years and one advanced one for kids over 3 years. Starting point is at the Charlton Toy Library to collect the treasure map.
The event is free to attend and participants will receive a treat at the end. All social distancing measures and government guidelines are being followed for this event.
It follows a pumpkin hunt held at Halloween, which we’re told was a roaring success. To sign up, visit eventbrite.co.uk.
Royal Greenwich Heritage trust have been carefully monitoring the pandemic and rate of Covid-19 over the past six months. We are pleased to be able to announce that Charlton House has reopened to the public for pre-booked meetings, weddings, and groups.
To help ensure physical distancing and a safe, comfortable experience for our visitors and staff, we will be limiting the numbers of visitors to the house in line with government guidelines.
These numbers are:
up to 30 maximum for business meetings and legal gatherings
up to 15 maximum for weddings
up to 15 maximum for community and support groups
These numbers include RGHT staff and service operators and we will also be asking that all visitors to the house book their visit via telephone or email.
We have been preparing for weeks to safely reopen and are confident in the measures we’ve put in place for a safe reopening. We will continue to follow government guidelines, in addition to the following visitor guidelines to help keep you, our staff, and our community safe:
physical distancing reminders
hand sanitation stations
asking visitors and staff to wear a face covering whilst moving around the building
cleansing and sanitising protocols
introduction of a one way system
The safety of our visitors, staff and community is our top priority. To enquire about placing a meeting, wedding or group please email email@example.com or call 020 8856 3951.
We very much look forward to safely welcoming you back to Charlton House.