A Community Garden at the Addiscombe Railway Park

We are thinking about building a community garden in Addiscombe Railway Park, where people can grow food and flowers together, sharing the work as well as the harvests. If this is something you are interested in we would love to hear from you, all abilities welcome! 
We are already planting an orchard of apple, pear and plum trees and are waiting for the trees to arrive any day now.  We will be sending out a big invite to come and help with the planting, and once in the ground the trees will need to be loved and nurtured for years to come, including watering, pruning, clearing away weeds and of course picking fruit!
In addition, throughout the year we will hosting special events in the park where people can join in with gardening, enjoy guided tours, socialise and have fun.

There are lots of reasons to get involved:

  • Meet your neighbours and make new friends
  • Enjoy lots of free tasty fresh organic local fruit and vegetables
  • Learn about trees and plants and how to look after them
  • Learn how to grow your own food
  • Make the park even more beautiful with blossom, flowers and crops all year round
  • Enjoy some fresh air and exercise
  • Provide a home for local wildlife, including our butterflies and friendly bees
  • It’s free!

We already have some tools and gloves, although you would be welcome to bring your own if you prefer.  We are also working with the Garden Organic Master Gardeners so if you are new to gardening our mentors will be on hand to share their knowledge, experience and passion for food growing.

There are lots of other ways that you can get involved too, even for just an hour or two each month, like helping with refreshments, organising, marketing or you may have some other talent you are willing to share to make the community garden a success?

We held an open meeting on Tuesday 8th December at the Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Rd, Croydon CR0 6BR from 7pm – 8.30pm to hear your ideas on how to take the community garden forward. But Don’t worry if you didn’t make it to the meeting, we can capture your input through this short survey, or get in touch by email, facebook or twitter if you have any questions or just want to keep in updated.

We look forward to hearing from you,
Warm Wishes from the Friends of Addiscombe Railway Park

About Sean

Councillor for Addiscombe Ward, 1994-2006, re-elected in May 2010 along with Mark Watson and Patricia Hay-Justice. Since May 2014 Chair of Scrutiny. Lives locally in Addiscombe.
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