This new community garden is the brainchild of Charlton Manor Primary School head teacher Mr Baker and has been two years in development. Set in 89 acres of farm and woodland in southeast London, it provides an amazing area for children and adults to discover all about gardening and growing fresh produce.
The gardenhas been developed with Olivier Blanc, creator of the Henri Le Worm App (a child-friendly app offering the discovery of growing and cooking). The app and its associated garden atHampton Court Flower Show gave us the inspiration and design to bring this digital world to life.
Children from Charlton Manor Primary School and other local schools are involved in sowing, growing, harvesting and cooking edible produce. They learn the importance of composting and experience the natural wild surroundings and wildlife, creating bug hotels and bird boxes while operating and understanding an organic approach to gardening. Children also grow produce to order and sell it to a London chain restaurant in Greenwich.
Visitors will find annual and perennial produce, fruit and vegetables, grown in raised beds and polytunnels for cooking and eating. Natural native hedgerows grow around part of the garden, with Woodlands Farm creating the backdrop to the garden, providing hay meadows, wildflowers, 300-year-old oak wood, livestock and a wildlife pond.