Friday, 13 November 2015

Mitcham Community Orchard has won the National Clean Britain Community Award 2015

The National Clean Britain Community Award for 2015 has been awarded to Mitcham Community Orchard and Gardens.

The Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM) annual Clean Britain Awards recognise and reward the achievements and contribution of Local Authority street scene teams and community volunteers in maintaining public places and spaces.

The judges commented 'We received a record number of entries this year which made the awarding process extremely tough but your entry shone out against the others and our judges were really impressed with the sustainable use of the area for planting and growing vegetables and teaching children new skills and giving them a sense of ownership within the community.'

The award was presented at the CIWM's prestigious 'Sustainability and Resource Awards' on 5 November 2015.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Ponds now planted up thanks to Maidenhead Aquatics newly reopened at Morden Hall

The ponds are now planted with a range of native plants, thanks to a very generous donation by Maidenhead Aquatics newly reopened at Morden Hall. Many thanks Chris

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Update - Hedge Planting Day

Huge thanks to all the following for making our hedge planting day the most successful ever with hedge planted, mulched and ready to get established:
- Woodland Trust for provision of 420 hedgerow whips (hazel, dog rose, elder, blackthorn)
- Merton Council for provision of compost and mulch and corporate volunteers to cement in posts
- Sustainable Merton for provision of guidance and leadership to carry out the task
- 42 volunteers who braved the wind and rain to do planting on the day with special thanks to those from Challenge Network
- Michelle and Julie for provision of delicious homemade soups to sustain
- Giles and Jon for BBQ and fireworks
- Charlotte for the Twitter feed - visit @orchardmitcham for Orchard updates.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Merton in Bloom Awards - Third place for Best Community Garden

Merton in Bloom Awards for 2015 have awarded Third Place for Best Community Garden to Mitcham Community Orchard and Gardens,

Entries were judged on horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation. The winners were decided by members of local allotment and horticultural societies.

Thanks to all our volunteers and business supporters to date for making this happen since the Gardens began being developed in April of this year.