It’s Urban Harvest day at Maryon Park Community Garden this Saturday

Urban Harvest flyer

The Community Garden in Maryon Park is throwing open its doors this Saturday as part of Capital Growth’s Urban Harvest event. Its chair TIM ANDERSON explains more…

Get a taste of London's edible gardens by dropping in to Maryon Park Community Garden in Charlton, one of Capital Growth’s flagship gardens, from 10am to 4pm.

Capital Growth is London’s largest food growing network, with over 2,000 gardens throughout the city.

At the Maryon Park Community Organic Food Growing Garden, activities include:
• Tours of the Garden and Forest School.
• Display of photos from the 1966 cult film Blow Up that was shot in Maryon Park.
• Activities for children: Making bird feeders.
• Pizza oven fired up from 12noon, bring your own dough and toppings
• Refreshments: Organic teas & coffee, cake and herb teas
• Jams and Chutney Sale
• Wood Craft Sale with Bird Boxes
• Plant and Cacti Sale

In the Community Garden Forest School area there will be a free Family Outdoor Art Workshop from 2pm to 3pm, lad by Simon Woodward from the Community Outdoor Art Therapy Service.

How to find the Community Garden: Enter Maryon Park from the main entrance in Maryon Road, follow the path to the left past the park lodge and find the Community Garden at the end of the park perimeter fence. Look out for the signs and bunting.

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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.