The Big Dig returns to Maryon Park Community Garden this Saturday

Maryon Park community garden
It’s the regular Big Dig day at Maryon Park community garden on Saturday

Has the belated appearance of the sun got you itching to get out into the garden? Then the good people behind Maryon Park Community Garden have been in touch…

Big Dig Day celebrates the start of the growing season and encourages people to visit their local Capital Growth-supported Community Garden.

Maryon Park Community Garden, one of Capital Growth’s flagship gardens are taking part and have a ‘Drop-in Open Day’ on Saturday 21st April from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

The Community Garden provides organic growing plots for local people, a Forest School space for primary schools and volunteer opportunities.

On Saturday visitors can learn more about the Community Garden, enjoy tours and talks about the Garden and the historic Maryon Park, the location of the 1960s film Blow-Up.

There will be refreshments including a pizza oven, children’s activities, a plant sale, and a fundraising stall. Visitors can join in with gardening activities or join the waiting list for a plot.

There will be family events: ‘PJ the Magical Clown’ at 1pm and Family Outdoor Art at 2pm.

Maryon Park Community Garden is a not-for- profit voluntary project situated in the former council plant nursery in Maryon Park.

Chair Tim Anderson says: “The Big Dig Day is about encouraging people and families to visit their local community garden. Whether you are an experienced gardener or new to gardening or just want to see how your local project is developing, you will be welcome.”

Maryon Park Community Garden is in Maryon Park, situated on the site of the old plant nursery. Follow the signs from the main park gate by the Park Lodge, 126, Maryon Road, Charlton, SE7 8DH.

Walk past the Park Lodge following the perimeter path to the left and find the Community Garden entrance at the end of the park fencing. Look out for the signs and bunting.

There will also be a pub quiz in aid of the community garden at the White Swan in Charlton Village on Monday 30 April, beginning at 7.30pm.

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  • Maryon Park to host Picnic in the Park this Sunday

    Maryon Park
    Photo by Maureen Barlin (via Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    Charlton Parkside Community Hub and Valley Hill Community Hub have been in touch about Picnic in the Park in Maryon Park this Sunday, 18 June from 2-6pm.

    We have been very busy co-ordinating all the lovely people and groups who are taking part in this event and here is your reminder to get your picnic baskets out and ready!

    We are delighted to announce that our recently re-elected MP Matthew Pennycook has agreed to open the event for us. Following that, there will be:

    – Plenty of space for picnics

    – Ice-cream van, a stall selling soft drinks, locally brewed beer and wine and Feast will be selling small hot snacks. There will also be elderflower cordial and jam for sale and there might even be cakes somewhere

    – Games and races for all – large and small

    – Live music from our very own Jim Kinsella, the local Recorder Ensemble and a special guest appearance from some members of the East London Brass Band with DJ slots in between courtesy of Ed Simmons

    – Dance performances from the Mulvihill Academy of Irish Dance and the Marjorie Hawkins Dance Academy

    – Boxing (non-contact and child centred) demonstrations and ‘have a go’ fitness workshops run by the local St Paul’s Boxing Club

    – Judo demonstrations from the club who practice in New Charlton Community Centre

    – Local group stalls including Riverwood, who make wonderful things out of reclaimed wood, Riding for the Disabled, Friends of Charlton Lido, the WI, Bexley and Greenwich Hospice, Friends of Maryon Parks, St Thomas Church & The Tuesday Group, Thorntree PTA… and possibly more.

    – Information and energy-saving advice provided by South East London Community Energy who have very kindly donated a solar powered generator to us for the day

    – Opportunities to visit the Growing Garden and see all the great work being done there helping local people grow their own food

    Make sure you bring some cash with you as there will also be:

    – A qualified massage therapist offering massage to help raise funds for Friends of Maryon Parks
    Plants for sale (and from 10am in the Growing Garden)

    – Bric-a-brac, raffle and tombola

    Entry is free, but we will be doing a bucket rattle to help with the costs of the publicity, incidentals, insurances and licenses over and above any funding we might receive. Anything left once we have covered costs will be donated to the St Thomas Church Nightshelter project.

    Petition aims to put a life-saving defibrillator in Maryon Park

    Defibrillator petition

    Charlton Champion reader Jon Kingsbury has been in touch about a petition he’s launched to get a defibrillator installed in Maryon Park.

    He says:

    It’s wonderful that the park is home to communities from all across the area who play sports throughout the year. Football, tennis and, during the Summer, the park hosts a number of school sports days.

    Installing a defibrillator by the public toilets in the park would provide people with the means to save a life should someone have a cardiac arrest. Waiting for an ambulance to arrive may be too late.

    Councils across the UK are beginning to install these life-saving devices, which can be unlocked and used after a 999 call. They are designed to be used by members of the public and cannot give a pulse to someone who doesn’t need it.

    We want our local park to be as safe as possible for our communities and families. Please join our campaign.

    Here’s a video from London Ambulance Service which explains how they work.

    It seems like a good use for some of the ward budget money (in this case, Woolwich Riverside ward) that Greenwich Council started to make available last year. You can sign the petition here – and it’s something to think about for the area’s other parks, too.