AGM postponed

You will probably not be surprised to learn that the AGM planned for 25 March 2020 has been postponed as a result of the corona virus epidemic and to comply with related government instructions.

The garden will keep growing of course, and we may put out a request for (solitary) worker bees to carry out the odd task, as those tasks crop up with the new growth. Best wishes and best of health to all.

AGM and wildlife talk

Mycenae Gardens Plane Tree
Wednesday 25 March 2020 at 7pm at the Greenwich Steiner School
The Friends of Mycenae Gardens will hold their next Annual General Meeting on 25 March 2020 at 7pm at the Greenwich Steiner School (the first building on the right, as you approach the gardens of Mycenae House from Mycenae Road). 

If you use the gardens or are interested in their wellbeing, please come.  If you are not already a member, you can join on the day or online at mycenaegardens.org.uk.  If you are a member, please consider joining the committee to play your part in the management and development of the gardens and engagement with the local community.
For example:
· How should we balance use of the gardens with conservation?
· What more should we do to encourage wildlife, and to enable people to observe and appreciate it?
· Should we support the proposal to introduce beehives? or play equipment?
· How should we deal with vandalism?
New members bring new ideas and new perspectives, which are always welcome.  

Inspiration will be provided at the end of the meeting, in an illustrated talk by Rich Sylvester (http://richstories.mayfirst.org)[1], who will cast the lights and shadows of history and folklore to illuminate our understanding of the gardens, and will draw on a range of experiences elsewhere in the borough to suggest practical ways for people of all ages to engage with the preservation and enhancement of Mycenae Gardens and the Dell.   
Your first engagement is to join us at the meeting (and for a drink afterwards).

Mark Barnes
for the Friends

Please help us spread woodchip at Mycenae Gardens this Sat (2 March) 2-4pm

Help needed urgently to spread (and save) the woodchip – emergency session Saturday 2 March 2-4pm

Image credit: https://pixabay.com/photos/timber-woodchip-warped-timber-1846825/

After a long wait (since October 2017!) the council has finally delivered a substantial quantity of woodchip to Mycenae Gardens.

The woodchip is currently in piles, which is already heating up and deteriorating, and will be useless unless it is soon spread.

WE NEED YOUR HELP to spread it!

Please come on Saturday afternoon. Bring rakes, spades and a wheelbarrow if you can.

(If you can spread even a little woodchip sooner than Saturday, please do so: it all helps).

Mark Barnes
For the Friends of Mycenae Gardens


Next “planting day” at Mycenae Gardens: Sat 26 Jan 2019, from 2-4pm

Come and see our lovely gardens and meet some of the volunteers. It’s not a planting day as such but more of a ‘fixing the fixtures’ afternoon. [Weather permitting]

We have a range of activities suitable for all energy levels including a bit of heavy lifting (moving our rather migratory tables to a dedicated spot and securing them) and some much lighter lifting (bringing of tea, taking of photographs), with some middle of the range energy levels needed for fence-mending. Or you can just come and chat (and please bring any spare secateurs and mallets).

Jo

Pic credit: Broken fence / Picnic table


Logo for Friends of Mycenae Gardens

We shall not actually be doing any planting on this planting day (Saturday 26 January 2019  2-4pm), but there is serious work to be done, some of which needs some serious muscle: 

  • Moving the tables further up the gardens and securing them in place to deter vandalism.  The tables tend to migrate towards the lower end of the garden, where they are out of sight and where they and the surrounding trees, walls etc are often vandalised.  We need several strong helpers to bring each of them back into the light and to anchor them securely
  • Building temporary willow barriers to protect the bulbs that we planted last time.  Last year’s barriers were too flimsy.  We have a new design to try out, but it will take some patience and dexterity.

In addition, there are the perennial tasks:

  • Restoring the rope and post barriers around the shrub beds, and
  • Trimming and ‘weaving’ the beech hedge.  The hedge needs a regular haircut to stop it getting too tall, and the sideways growing branches need to be bent back into the main hedge and secured by ‘weaving’ them together with other branches.  This thickens the hedge and makes it less affected by the loss of individual plants.

Please come to help, or just to support.

Bring scissors and secateurs (for the willow barriers), secateurs or a longer trimmer (for the beech hedge), and/or a mallet (to reposition the posts of the rope and post barriers), biscuits and muffins (for support).

Mark Barnes
for the Friends

Next planting day at Mycenae Gardens: Sat 6 Oct 2018, from 2pm

If you’d like to see the gardens ‘in action’ come along on the afternoon of Sat 6th October from 2pm where there will be some Friends of Mycenae Gardens working in the gardens to keep them tidy. You can still join in if you don’t feel energetic – Mark’s listed a few options below but I’d also add ‘bringing the workers some tea’. All abilities welcome 🙂

Jo

Pic credit: Digging / Watering can

 


 

To all Friends …
The next ‘planting day’ is Saturday 6 October. It does not last all day – just a couple of hours from 2pm.

The plan is to repair some ‘post and rope’ fences, replace some plants that expired in the recent heat, spread fertiliser on what is left of the lawn, plant hundreds of bulbs in hope for the spring and to carry out some weeding of the shrub beds. We also need to clear some ivy from the Dell.

This is quite a list. We may not get through all of it, but to have a chance we need your help. Please come along. Bring gloves, trowels and secateurs if you can. If you are not keen on any of these jobs, just come along to chat, and perhaps take the odd picture for the website or newsletter.

Incidentally, the committee has for some time been short of gardening expertise. We are putting out a call for knowledgeable gardeners to help identify work that needs doing as and when the need arises (i.e. not just in the planting days), and to help us describe the work on the website or social media along with any instructions that might be needed, so as to allow members of the Friends group to carry out such work in whatever time they can spare, at a time of their choosing. If you think you could be that knowledgeable gardener, please get in touch. We shall plant a bulb in your honour.

Mark Barnes
for the Friends of Mycenae Gardens

Saturday 24 March, 2pm – 4 pm: Come and help with some planting and tidying

Our delayed planting day!

Following earlier postponement, Saturday 24 March will now be our first volunteer day of 2018. We invite you to come and meet with other helpers in the gardens and to join in with any of the following planned activities:

  • Coming to meet and talk with others who share a love of Mycenae Gardens.
  • Planting a new array of shrubs and flowers in the bed in front of Mycenae House, which we began preparing in the last volunteer day. We will dig and prepare the holes and then plant and water in the new arrivals based on a planting scheme recently agreed  by the Friends of Mycenae Gardens Committee members.
  • Roping off a small area of shrubs identified by teachers from the Greenwich Steiner School where footfall has been causing to damage, so allowing the area to recover.
  • Replacing protective stakes and ropes which had been removed/ pulled out from around the refurbished shrub beds
  • Helping with general tidying and maintenance in the gardens.

No knowledge of gardening is required – only a willingness to help and to meet with other volunteers.

What to do if you are coming

Please bring any of the following, depending on how you plan to help:

  • gardening gloves
  • a fork
  • a spade
  • a garden trowel
  • secateurs
  • clothes which you would be prepared to get a little muddy
  • willingness to share or organise tea and coffee.

Where and when to meet?

We will meet in the gardens just in front of Mycenae House from 2pm. The volunteer work will be happening until 4pm but you can drop in and stay for just part of this time if you prefer – even if you just come to say hello.

Volunteers sought for work in the gardens Saturday 14 October 10.00 – 12.00

On Saturday 14 October there is a chance to come and join volunteers in the gardens. Why not come along and meet others who share an interest in the gardens and to lend a hand with any of the following planned activities:

  • Helping to prepare and plant a bed in front of Mycenae House. The current bed has become dominated with some large shrubs and we are planning to re-plant and refurbish the area.
  • Help planting bulbs for display in Spring 2018
  • Help with other maintenance around the gardens
  • Coming to meet and talk with others who share a love of the gardens.

No knowledge of gardening is required – only a willingness to help and to meet with other volunteers.

What to do if you are coming

Please bring any of the following, depending on how you plan to help:

  • gardening gloves
  • a fork
  • a spade
  • a garden trowel
  • secateurs
  • clothes which you would be prepared to get a little muddy
  • willingness to share or organise tea and coffee.

Although not required, it would be useful if you were to send us an email to let us know if you plan to attend this volunteer session, so we know roughly how many may attend.

Where and when to meet?

We will meet in the gardens just in front of Mycenae House from 10am. The volunteer work will be happen until midday but you can drop in and stay for just part of this time if you prefer – even if you just come to say hello.