Hidden away behind Charlton Manor Primary School dining restaurant you will find our secret garden. A number of years ago it was derelict and overgrown. Today it’s a haven that includes raised beds, vegetables, fruit trees and vines, a large heated greenhouse, wildlife area with pond, bird hide, chickens and our very own bees and observation beehive.
The garden has been awarded Green Flag status for the past three years. Used year-round by all our children (aged 4 to 11) there is a variety of gardening clubs at lunchtime and after school.
In 2012 Charlton Manor led a group of other schools from Greenwich on a learning journey into plant care, which resulted in us growing the most beautiful cut flowers, being awarded a silver-gilt medal at the Chelsea Flower Show and meeting Her Majesty the Queen. Since then, every year, we have been awarded silver-gilt medals at Chelsea and gained further awards at Hampton Court Flower Show and Bexley in Bloom. We have been invited to enter all again in 2017.
For a number of years we have been involved with Woodlands Farm on Shooters Hill and have now created our very own Charlton Manor Community Garden giving our children and other local schools the experience of food growing within a real working farm whilst helping to encourage a healthy lifestyle.
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