Winking Through the Chink
With all the hoo-ha about the Olympics it’s been very easy to miss the other thing that has been happening quietly in a once-forgotten part of Greenwich Park.
Michael took the photo above a little while before the games, through a gap in the wall, that will soon have a rather snazzy gate in it. There’s a path leading to it now, and you can sneak a peek through the fence (Michael clearly poked his camera through the holes to get this pic) and see what they’re doing to the old well.
In fact it’s coming on apace – here’s a picture Jeremy took last week, through the same chink in the wall:
Dunno about you but it’s not quite what I was expecting, (I think I had an actual little orchard in my mind and this is looking rather ‘produced’) but it looks fun and I’m assuming they’re basing it on what was there once.
I saw a copy of the Friends of Greenwich Park Newsletter (I forget where, and I can’t find it again for you as they only put the front page on the website) where they had two drawings, one of the design for a new wrought iron gate (with a deer on it, if memory serves) which I quite liked and the Friends really liked, the other for a fancy wrought iron cover for the well-head, which I liked, but the Friends sent back for redesign.
Michael asked me if I know when it’s going to be open. Of course I don’t. I’ve no idea. But it’s looking pretty finished now – it can’t be long.
Anyone here know?
PS I’ve just realised that I’m guilty of assuming that everyone’s an old Phantonian and knows what we’re talking about. We’ve talked about the Dwarf Orchard on so many occasions I didn’t bother to say what it is.
Basically, it’s in the North East corner of the park, running parallel to Park Vista. You’ve almost certainly walked past it and not even been aware it’s there as there’s a high wall running along it on both sides – the street and the park, and it’s easy to assume that the two walls are one. In fact there’s a sliver of land in between them that used to be part of the formal gardens of the palace. For many, many years it was completely forgotten, and left to get totally overgrown and full of weed trees, but over the past few years it’s been quietly coming back to life – the original secret garden. It has an old well, some of the original plantings and an ancient Mulberry that’s survived 300-odd years. I can’t wait to see it.
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