Something green and wonderful is happening in Streatham Common. You can be part of it…
Streatham Common Community Garden, run by a group of local volunteers, is situated in a historic walled garden site next to the Rookery. It’s thought the site has been used for gardening for more than 200 years, but had been unused for several years and had fallen into a state of disrepair. The project was given the go-ahead by Lambeth Council, which owns the site, in 2011, and since then hundreds of local people have signed up to get involved, helping clear and transform the site, growing a wide range of fruit and veg, and attending workshops and talks on gardening and sustainable living.
We're open for community gardening every Sunday 12-4pm (11am-3pm from November-February) - so do join us. There's always a range of jobs to suit all - from digging to seed-sowing to making tea. Find us through the door in the wall at the bottom of the Rookery public garden (at the end of Streatham Common South). We have tools and gloves, but if you can bring your own (especially gloves), please do. Wear sturdy footwear and clothes suitable for gardening and weather-appropriate. Kids are welcome, as long as they're closely supervised. Please sign in on arrival. All abilities welcome!
Register your interest by clicking 'Join Group' on the right. You'll get email updates to tell you what's happening and how you can get involved. This could be volunteering to help us clear the site and plant and harvest crops, coming along to community meetings about the project, representing the group at local events, or benefiting from training and education projects. We're also on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Streatham-Common-Community-Garden/210550715661020
We planted 9 apples and 3 pears in the Rookery Orchard earlier this year. Here’s some information about what we planted. APPLES
Arthur Turner: A large cooking apple with somewhat tough skin. Well known for its particularly attractive blossom. Picking time: Late September. Pollination Group: C Bountiful: Raised in 1964 at East Malling Research Station. It is resistant to apple mildew. When cooked, Bountiful has a delicious flavour. Picking time: Late September. Pollination Group: B Bramley Seedling: First exhibited in 1876. Received a First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1893. The most popular cooking apple grown in the UK. Picking time: Early October Pollination Group: C Christmas Pippin: A new apple variety with Cox-like aromatic flavour but sweeter and easier to grow than Cox. Unlike most other new apple varieties which are produced through modern scientific breeding programmes Christmas Pippin was discovered in the old fashioned way as a roadside seedling. Its parentage is therefore not known but features of the fruit and the tree suggest that Cox's Orange Pippin and Gala may be involved. Pollination Group: C Jupiter: Raised in 1966 at East Malling Research Station, Kent. It was introduced in 1981. Fruits are sweet and juicy with a good texture and Cox-like flavour. Picking time: Early October. Pollination Group: C Keswick Codlin: Found growing on a heap of rubbish at Gleaston Castle near Ulverston in Lancashire. It was recorded in 1793. Fruits have soft, rather coarse-textured, somewhat dry and acid flesh. Picking time: Mid August. Pollination Group: A Lord Derby: Raised by Witham, Stockport, Cheshire. It was first recorded in 1862. Fruits are rather coarse textured, somewhat dry with a subacid flavour. Cooks well. Picking time: Late September. Pollination Group: D Peasgood Nonsuch: Raised by Mrs Peasgood at Stamford in Lincolnshire from seed sown in about 1858. Received First Class Certificate from Royal Horticultural Society in 1872. Fruits are a little coarse textured, moderately juicy and a little sweet. Cooks well. Picking time: Mid September. Pollination Group: C Ribston Pippin: Raised at Ribston Hall in Yorkshire from seed brought from Rouen, and planted in about 1707. Received the Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1962. Fruits have firm, fine-textured, moderately juicy flesh with a rich aromatic flavour.Picking time: Late September. Pollination Group: B
Beurre Hardy: Raised in about 1820 by M. Bonnet, a friend of Dr Van Mons, at Boulogne, France. It was named after M. Hardy, the director of the Luxembourg gardens. Introduced in about 1940. Fruits have white tinged pink, tender flesh with a rose water flavour. Pollination Group: D Doyenne Du Comice: Raised by the Horticultural Society of Maine et Loire, Angers, France. First fruited in 1849. Introduced to England in 1858 by Sir Thomas Dyke Acland. Fruits have pale yellow, extremely melting, juicy flesh with a delicate and delicious flavour. Pollination Group: D Merton Pride: Raised in 1941 by M B Crane at the John Innes Horticultural Institute in Merton, London from a cross between Glou Morceau and Double Williams (a mutation of Williams Bon Chretien). It was first named Merton Favorite in 1953 and then renamed Merton Pride in 1957. Pollination Group: C
Please note, all of the apples are on MM106 semi-vigorous root stock and all of the pears are on Quince A semi-dwarfing.
We are very excited to be offering learner plots for the first time this year. The learner plots have been devised as a way to give beginner gardeners the opportunity to manage their own plot of land whilst also contributing to the life of the garden as a whole.
We have allocated five plots, each measuring approximately 6m2, for use by the trainees. They are situated in a sheltered, sunny position within the community garden.
We are looking for trainees who are interested in planning and managing each space throughout the 2014 growing season. Each trainee will have the opportunity to design their bed according to their own interests.
The learner plots will be available to individuals, or community groups (such as church groups or youth clubs) and schools who are interested in managing one of the learner plots as a group. In return for the use of the space, we will ask you to attend a training day in March, and to engage with the life of the community garden, including attending open days and helping with the watering rota.
For more details, please download the guidelines from the Files page, speak to any of the session leaders at the garden, or email Charlotte at email@example.com