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:
a garden trowel
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.
Our 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held at 7.00pm on Wednesday 22 March. At that meeting 3 current members of the committee will retire and we are actively looking for new people to join the committee to replace them.
About joining the committee
The gardens currently belong to, and are managed by, Greenwich Council. There are currently 30 parks or gardens with Friends groups in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and the council works with each group to manage and develop ‘their’ park or gardens. The Friends of Mycenae Gardens was formed to work with the council to protect and promote these gardens as a park that fosters the natural environment, wildlife, woodland and open space for the benefit of the whole community.
Those of the community who use the gardens value it for a variety of reasons, and often have different views on how the gardens should be used or improved. An important part of the group’s role is to balance gather and reconcile the views of all users of the gardens so that we can present a consensus to the council in relation to the way the gardens are managed and developed. Committee members play an important role in ensuring that this is achieved.
Another fantastic group of GoodGym volunteers helped us out in the gardens. Amy, Thomas, Ben, Lucy and Sarah signed up for yet more spreading of mulch with Shirley and wrote a report here. Thank you yet again GoodGym.
We are grateful again to volunteers from GoodGym who came to Mycenae Gardens to help aerating the grounds beneath the Plane trees and spreading protective mulch. Thank you Sarah, Grace, Ben, Anna, Alethea, Ivo and Alex. Thanks also to Mark, Ann and Eileen for joining in with the GoodGym volunteers.
GoodGym wrote a report on their volunteering which you can read here.
The Friends of Mycenae Gardens have been working to aerate the ground beneath the London Plane trees. The first work session took place on Saturday 19 March and we have another arranged for Saturday 2 April. This work will improve drainage and oxygen content in the soil for the benefit of the trees. The bark mulch will reduce the risk of soil compaction in the future as well as increasing water retention.
What does the work involve?
Volunteers have been pushing garden forks into the ground to the full depth of the tines and then wiggling the fork to and fro. The fork is then withdrawn. This process is being repeated every 6 inches or so to create vertical holes in the soil.
This is strenuous work, especially on the back. We are extremely grateful to members of the Friends group who have volunteered so far and to helpers from GoodGym who have been great company and who have made our progress much more rapid.
The next work session will take place from 11am to 1pm on Saturday 2 April. If you can help please do contact us.
The Friends of Mycenae Gardens will hold our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 8 March. All welcome to attend – it is a great opportunity to meet others who share an interest in the Gardens. We are pleased to announce that Joe Beale, a local naturalist, has kindly agreed to be our guest speaker.
During the meeting you can find out what has been happening in the Gardens and the Woodland Dell over the last year, as well information about future plans.
A reminder that if you would like to become a member of the Friends group you can do so in the Membership section.