Community mission

Blowing up the weeds in Maryon Park

3 runners ran to help their local community in Greenwich.

  • Greenwich runner
  • Darryl Chamberlain
  • Laura Grant
Saturday, 3rd of April 2021
Led by Darryl Chamberlain

Outdoor missions are back! And there was no better place to start than Maryon Park Community Garden in Charlton, where for the past nine years Tim and Edna have transformed a disused council plant nursery into a place to grow food, flowers and to enjoy getting in touch with nature.

Film buffs may know Maryon Park, just by the Thames Barrier, as the location for the cult 1960s thriller Blow-Up - there were no bodies to discover today, thankfully, but there were plenty of worms.

We first talked about working in Maryon Park over a year ago - now finally our top trio of Darryl, Jenny and Laura (on her 102nd good deed in less than a year!) could set foot inside the garden and get to work.

Jenny worked on weeding a huge plant bed, while Laura and Darryl got to grips with lowering a bed so small children could use it and grow their own plants. It was the first time any group of volunteers had been able to work in the garden since the pandemic began - hopefully there’ll be many more to come.

Jobs done, there were drinks, biscuits and hot cross buns - what better way to spend a Saturday morning over Easter? It was great to make our debut in the Maryon Park garden - we’ll be back...

Report written by Darryl Chamberlain

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Greenwich runner
Greenwich runner
Sunday April 4th, 2021 12:38

A very niche pun Darryl! Would have gone straight over my head if we hadn't talked about it at the task 😂

Darryl Chamberlain
Darryl Chamberlain
Monday April 5th, 2021 12:50

I thought I'd get in there first before anyone used it!

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Darryl Chamberlain
Led by Darryl Chamberlain

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