Charlton Community Gardens open meeting – 25th Feb 2013

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The third open meeting of the Charlton Community Gardens project takes place from 7.30pm on Monday 25th February, at St. Richard’s Hall, Swallowfield Road, SE7 7NS.
 The group’s aims are ‘to promote cooperation and support for everyone interested in sustainable and organic growing and wildlife diversity’, and they are working on leasing local land for ‘shared growing and learning together’. The meeting is an opportunity to find out what the project is all about, and hear about progress in securing the group’s first plot of land.
This will be the group’s first AGM; they would welcome new members on the Steering Committee, and there will also be a plant sale and raffle (with prizes including a mini greenhouse!).
If you’d like to find out  more about getting involved, or put yourself forward for the Steeting Committee, the organisers can be contacted by email at: charltoncommunitygardens [at] gmail.com.

Charlton Community Gardens latest

Claire Williams has the latest on the Charlton Community Gardens scheme…

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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 charltoncommunitygardens@gmail.com. The
group’s website is under development.

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