Community day in Charlton House’s ‘secret garden’ this Sunday

Charlton House
Volunteers have been restoring the gardens behind Charlton House

Volunteers who have been restoring the gardens behind Charlton House will be showing off their work on Sunday – and a there’s be a lot more happening too. KATHY AITKEN from Charlton & Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society explains…

The Charlton & Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society is planning its annual Plant Sale and Community Day this Sunday May 30th from 11 am. This year we have expanded our event, so it’s not just for plant hunters, it’s going to be a real family and community day too.

Tables will be laid out in the “Long Borders” at the back of the walled gardens, which will all be open to the public, and many of the volunteers will be there to show off their latest revival efforts.

There will be home-baked cakes from the Greenwich & Blackheath WI, colouring and flower activities from the Charlton Toy Library, there will be displays from The Charlton Society, the Friends of Greenwich Park, the Charlton Community Garden (who look after the station and Charlton Park’s orchard) and the Friends of Charlton Park (the park’s meadow). Blackheath Flower Arrangers will be showing off their floral designs.

For children, there will be a Discovery Trail around the gardens, with lots of things to find (perhaps a silkworm cocoon, a Yew Fairy or a Frog Prince..). Adults can walk the trail too, and perhaps spot a red oak or a pomegranate. Children can pot up their own strawberry plant to take home.

Our members have been busy planting and potting up, there will be a great selection of perennials like Salvias, Hostas and Agapanthus as well as veg, herbs and house plants. Funds raised from plant sales will go equally to the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice and the walled gardens revival. It will be cash only and best to bring your own bags.

The Green Goddess pub will be on the patio for refreshments, and the weather forecast is looking up. Come and play in your favourite secret garden!


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Charlton House walled gardens event and makers walking trail this Sunday

Old Pond Garden
Old Pond Garden at Charlton House

News in from Charlton & Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society (CABAHS) about a family-friendly event at Charlton House this Sunday, 18th April.

Charlton House walled gardens will be open to the public for the first time in over a year. Please bring friends and family along. There is a free Easter trail for the children, with a chocolate prize. This is also the opportunity to see the new planting scheme at the Old Pond Garden, and admire the HUGE effort that the volunteers have made in the Long Borders too. We will have the plans and history on show. There will also be a small plant sales table.

The Horticultural Society’s Spring Show has been cancelled, but there will be some vase displays on show.  The Green Goddess pop-up pub will be at Charlton House on the same day (book in advance).

Also on Sunday will be the “Around the Corner Market” walking trail to craft makers’ houses around Charlton, organised by The Corner At 96. You can view the map of the trail with details of the participants here.


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Green Goddess pop-up beer garden coming to Charlton House from 12 April

Charlton House in the evening
All being well, Charlton House will be open for drinks from the 12th

The team behind plans to turn the Barclays Bank at Blackheath Standard into a bar are hoping to give locals a taste of what they can offer in a pop-up beer garden at Charlton House.

The Green Goddess visits Charlton House will open for business from 12 April when, all being well, coronavirus restrictions are loosened and pub beer gardens can welcome customers.

It’ll offer table service only on the patio with two-hour bookable slots between 2pm and 8pm, with last orders at 7.30pm. For the first week, it will open every day through to Sunday 18 April; then open Thursday to Sunday for the rest of April – opening times for May and beyond are yet to be decided.

“It’s very much a pop-up pub so the times maybe subject to change along the way,” Stephen O’Connor of Common Rioters Brewery told The Charlton Champion.

“We will be serving up cask and keg beer, cider, selected spirits, wine, and low and no-alcohol drinks. In addition we hope to have some pop up food stalls at certain times.”

For more details and booking, visit www.thegreengoddess.pub.


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