Plant sale at Charlton House this Sunday to help fund garden restoration

Charlton House in the evening
Charlton House will open its doors this Sunday

The Charlton & Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society is holding a plant sale at Charlton House this Sunday to help raise funds for its work restoring the house’s walled garden.

The sale is part of a wider community day that will also feature the Charlton Society, Charlton Toy Library, Charlton Community Gardens, Blackheath Flower Club and the Friends of Greenwich Park, with a discovery trail and crafts for children.

Inside Charlton House there will also be a World War I-themed day as part of its Meet the Collection series of events.

Proceeds from the plant sale will go towards the walled garden and the society’s other work as well as the Greenwich & Bexley Cottage Hospice.

The event runs from 11am to 3pm this Sunday.

Meanwhile, this evening Charlton Community Gardens will be hosting its own plant sale in front gardens in Inverine Road, Elliscombe Road, Sandtoft Road and Wyndcliff Road. See its website for more details.


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Meet the Collection: Major exhibition starts at Charlton House

Work going on in Charlton House

It’s a big day at Charlton House today as its first big exhibition in over two years opens up, with lots going on all month. Here’s why you might like to take a look…

Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust’s museum and archive pop-up programme Meet the Collection begins its extended final stop at Charlton House today. The month-long event marks the trust’s first in-person exhibition and Charlton House’s longest re-opening since before March 2020.

The Living in Greenwich: Meet the Collection exhibition includes new art installations from artists-in-residence Fiona Veacock and CraftA, who worked with local community groups Mycenae House ReachOut, Listening Ears, Community Direction, and Eltham Crotchet N’ Natter to create table setting of pottery and seven textile banners. Each piece of art is inspired by Greenwich Heritage’s museum collections and archive, as well as the participants’ understanding of home.

In keeping with the theme, the trust has prepared an accompanying museum display inspired by food and home. The exhibit includes a variety of pieces and documents ranging from those preserved from Charlton House over time to Roman dishes discovered in the Greenwich Park archaeological excavation. Attendees will also be able to hear stories from Greenwich Heritage’s audio archive, as Greenwich’s locals describe the tangible and intangible things that mean home to them, in their own voices and words.

The exhibition will also mark the debut of five brand new costumed tours of the House, designed for families by historical actor and educator Hilary Wood, available for booking at a cost of £5 per person (free for those 5 and under). The line-up for these hour-long Sunday tours is as follows:

Today: Jacobean
8th May: East India Company and Charlton House
15th May: Victorian
22nd May: World War I
29th May: World War II

As well as Sundays from 11am to 4pm, the Trust will open the exhibition Wednesday to Fridays from 9:30am to 3:30pm, including craft sessions with our artists-in-residence. For a small fee, attendees will be invited to take part in a community textile (Thursday 5th and Friday 6th May) and make their own pottery work to be professionally fired (Sunday 15th May).

The trust is still operating cautiously, with the health and safety of their team and visitors in mind. Visitors can expect smaller-than-usual capacities for events, open windows to allow for the free flow of fresh air, and hand sanitiser available on site. They recommend that those visiting indoors wear a face covering where possible.

Meet the Collection is generously supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Tanner Trust, and the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Visit greenwichheritage.org for more details, including booking information.


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Find out about the Charlton House ‘secret garden’ this Saturday

Old Pond Garden
Volunteers have been restoring the Old Pond Garden at Charlton House in recent years

Ever wanted to find out more about the Charlton House gardens and the work to restore them? The Charlton Society is hosting a talk about them on Saturday with Kathy Aitken of Charlton & Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society.

Kathy is a keen amateur gardener, developing her own garden over the last 30 years. She joined the local Horticultural Society in 2014, finding it a very friendly group with a wide range of gardening knowledge. Her working life was in accountancy, and she discovered the considerable health benefits of gardening very early on. She is now Vice Chair of the Society and runs the admin side of the volunteer scheme at the walled gardens.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was published in 1911 and became such a popular book it has never been out of print. The walled gardens attached to Charlton House are 400-year-old gems that have been under-used and neglected in recent years, becoming a truly ‘Secret Garden’ on our doorstep!

The talk will tell you about the history of the gardens and how the local Horticultural Society and the Charlton community are helping the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust to make them beautiful again.

The talk will be followed by refreshments. We will be charging our usual entrance fee which helps towards room hire. This is £2 for members and £3 for visitors and we should be able to accept cash, cheque or contactless payments.

The talk is this Saturday, March 19 at the Charlton Assembly Rooms. It starts at 2.30pm.


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