Find out more about plans for the Charlton Park Meadow

The field at the back of Charlton Park will be transformed into a meadow

Last summer, we reported on plans to turn part of Charlton Park into a wildflower meadow. Things have come on in leaps and bounds since then, and now it’s your chance to find out more and have your say. The plans focus on disused football pitches at the Cemetery Lane end of the park (not the ones currently in use), and are being paid for by money from Greenwich Council’s ward budget scheme.

According to the Friends of Charlton Park:

Homes for Hedgehogs would turn the disused football pitches into an ecological hub with wild natural grasses, a central pond feature and mown walkways, which park users could use to walk dogs or simply marvel at the increased biodiversity – a 2016 report by Natural England argues that connecting with nature can help to reduce levels of anxiety, stress and depression. Creating such an area of wild planting would help to replace crucial lost habitat and in turn attract create suitable habitats for birds and small mammals, including hedgehogs, helping ecosystems to recover and promoting biodiversity.

Annie Keys, the Friends group’s chair, says: “This is a once in a generation chance to have a major impact as local people on our local park. It would be great to for our children to play alongside and just get used to seeing field mice, birds of prey and solitary bees in real life, not just in pages of children’s books or when they go on a day trip. Let’s grab the chance to make the sounds of hedgehogs snuffling a real part of our daily lives. It’s great that our three local councillors have backed this project and are helping to make it happen.”

Joe Beale, from the Greenwich Wildlife Advisory Group, adds: “This corner of Charlton Park, previously just closely mown lawn, will soon act as an important link in the ecological chain from Woolwich Common to Charlton Cemetery’s conservation area and Maryon/Maryon Wilson Parks, allowing wildlife to move between these places. Our wildlife is being lost and this is our chance to help ensure future generations can experience the colours and sounds of all sorts of beautiful creatures – from butterflies and moths, to hoverflies and hedgehogs – in their local park.”

The people behind the scheme will be at The Old Cottage Cafe in Charlton Park on Saturday 11 January from 4pm to 5pm to outline their ideas and hear what you have to say. There are more details, and a contact address if you can’t make it, on the Friends website.


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Parksfest 2019 in Charlton Park: What did you think?

Inclement weather was nowhere to be seen for Saturday’s Parksfest, with attendees soaking up the sun all afternoon. Face painting, drumming and skating were on offer – plus plenty of cake at the Great Charlton Cake Off stall.

Musical entertainment was provided by The Big Red Bus Club’s Baby Blues Choir, DJ Mikee C, Central Vibe and Ronnie Ripple and the RipChords, before Glenn Tilbrook closed the day’s events with a Squeeze filled set.

Saturday’s event was part of a wider series of Parksfest events run across Greenwich borough, and there are many more to come. Check out the Parksfest calendar for further details, and keep scrolling to see more from Saturday afternoon.

The skate park saw plenty of action…

The face-painting saw long queues….

And then there was the Great Charlton Cake Off….

You could try your luck on the wheel of fortune, or play crazy curling and basketball…

Ronnie Ripple & The RipChords played…

as did Glenn Tilbrook!

And here’s Glenn with his son Leon performing Squeeze’s Take Me, I’m Yours.

Now it’s all over, the Friends of Charlton Park team would like to know what you thought of the event. Please drop them a line at friendscharltonpark[at], or leave a comment below.


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Glenn Tilbrook to play free Parksfest show in Charlton Park

Squeeze frontman Glenn Tilbrook is to play a free show at Parksfest in Charlton Park this Saturday, organisers have announced.

The Charlton-based musician is a late addition to a line-up which also includes his son, Leon. Other acts performing from 1-5pm will include the Baby Blues Choir, DJ Mikee C, Central Vibe and Ronnie Ripple and the RipChords.

It will also include community stalls and the Great Charlton Cake Off, a free, open-to-all baking competition. There will also be sports day games with prizes donated by Asda and Sainsbury’s.

The event is being held by the Friends of Charlton Park as part of Greenwich Council’s wider series of Parksfest events across the borough.

“I am so pleased that so many fantastic musicians, artists and local people will be volunteering their time to share their skills and talents within our lovely park community – there is still time to get involved by turning up and tuning in, or entering the amazing bake off,” said Annie Drewry, the chair of the Friends group.


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