Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Sunday 7 June 1- 6pm Open Day: Choumert Sq.

The Open Day that thinks it's a Village Fete!
The annual summer event in Bellenden. All welcome.
A fabulous summer experience, not to be missed.

From The Residents of Choumert Square, SE15 4RE

The National Gardens Scheme 82nd ANNIVERSARY
Garden Open for Charity
- entrance off Choumert Grove, a few minutes from Peckham Rye station,
- one minute from Choumert/Chadwick car park.
Sunday 7 June 1pm - 6pm
Admission £2.50, Child 50p
Tea No Dogs Stalls will include….
* A Gourmet Tombola * Garden Plants * Afternoon Teas
* Wine and Beer * Books DVDs and CDs * Pimms Emporium
* Gift-Cards * Home-Made Cakes to buy * Bric-a-brac
* Face Painting * Art Exhibitions * Live Music
* The Peckham Society

From 1pm to 6pm
Choumert Square, built in the latter half of the 19th Century, presents to the visitor not a Square but a laneway of 46 tiny cottages leading to a communal `walled' garden. The gardens of this secret Southwark street are amongst the tiniest it's possible to tend! They've evolved over some twenty years, triggered initially by a few neighbours' gardening passions that infected the enthusiasm of others. Today the Square gardens uniquely demonstrate how gardening unites a community.

The street is `divided' into a sunny and shady side, and the gardens' eco-climate (and planting) reflect this. Key features are the variety of roses growing in the Square, the mix of trees (including birch, willow, eucalyptus, acer and a dramatic robinia), and a colourful array of perennial border plants and annuals, many home-grown. The garden has been featured on BBC TV (Gardeners' World three times) and on Channel 4, in numerous magazines and national press articles (including BBC Good Homes, Period Living, London Evening Standard, The Sunday Times and The Guardian).
In November 2007 our Square won one of the special 25 `Blooming Fantastic' Awards which the Conservation Foundation bestows on those areas that have brought a Green awareness to corners of London. In August 2008 the Square received the Silver Gilt Award for Best Community Garden, Southwark in Bloom.

The Open Day is primarily about gardens and sharing with others our residents' love of this little corner of the inner city; but it is also renowned for its demonstrable community spirit. Visitors will find themselves invited to sit and partake of a wide variety of refreshments in between purchasing delicious home-baked cakes, artwork, crafts, plants, books and photo mementoes of their visit.

Via wrought iron gates off Choumert Grove. Peckham Rye mainline station is visible from the gates [trains from London Bridge and London Victoria], & buses galore (12, 36, 37, 63, 78, 171, 312, 345) less than 10 mins walk. Car park 2 mins
About 46 mini gardens with maxi-planting in a Shangri-la situation that the media has described as a 'Floral Canyon', which leads to small communal 'secret garden'. Open day has village fĂȘte atmosphere with many art stalls and delicious refreshments.
Adm £2.50, child 50p, (share to St Christopher's Hospice) Lunches & Teas
Sun 7 June (1-6).
The National Gardens Scheme:

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