Friends of Addiscombe Railway Park 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 they would love to hear from you, all abilities welcome!

They have started planting an orchard of apple, pear and plum trees and are waiting for the trees to arrive any day now.  Look out for an invitation 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 they 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!

They already have some tools and gloves, although you would be welcome to bring your own if you prefer. They are also working with the Garden Organic Master Gardeners.

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?

An open meeting is taking place 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, or if you are just thinking about joining us and what to find out more. You don't need to book a place, but if you have a chance do try to let them know you are coming.

If you can't make this meeting and would like to input click here or get in touch by email lauren@park.addiscombe.net, Facebook or Twitter.