The restoration of the Rose Gardens in Castle Wood and Jack Wood are among our ongoing projects, and we are working closely on this with the Royal Borough of Greenwich's Parks & Open Spaces Dept.
Many visitors to the woods have fond memories of the beautiful rose gardens, which mark the sites of the demolished Castlewood (near Severndroog Castle) and Jackwood houses. The gardens have long provided tranquil and open spaces in the heart of the ancient woodland.
The Friends of Oxleas Woodlands (FOW) were sad to find that the roses in the historic rose gardens in Castle Wood had been removed, leaving the much-loved area looking bare and covered in weeds. The volunteers are determined to restore this area back to its former beauty, drawing on the original planting scheme. To be able to do this, we will need to purchase 265 roses alongside an informative interpretation board, which includes information about the varieties of roses planted, the history of the woods, the Friends of Oxleas Woodlands and the names of donors.
You can help make Oxleas Wood Bloom again.
Sponsor a Rose
Make a donation on JustGiving crowd funding to the Friends of Oxleas Woodlands.
Each £15 donation will sponsor a rose in either your name or the name of a loved one, which can be displayed on the new interpretation board. Corporate sponsorship is also available.
Saturday 2nd March 10am, Jack Wood rose garden
Come and learn how you really should prune your roses. Jim Buttress will provide hands-on instruction on how to best manage your roses to get a perfect summer bloom, in return for a small donation.
FOW Gardeners’ Question Time,
Friday 15th March 7pm, Shewsbury House
Renowned horticulturalist Jim Buttress - The People's Gardener - and friends answer your gardening questions at this FOW fundraising event.
Tickets £15 from Eventbrite
Friendly volunteers meet twice a month to restore and maintain the Castle Wood and Jack Wood rose gardens. If you fancy a bit of fresh air and gardening in the woods (well sort of), come and join us. It would be helpful if you could bring your own hand tools etc.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information- especially as the weather can affect dates and times.
Planned dates for 2019.
Sunday 3rd and Tuesday 5th February
Saturday 2nd and Friday 8th March
Sunday 7th and Tuesday 9th April
Saturday 4th and Friday 10th May
Sunday 2nd and Tuesday 4th June
Saturday 6th and Friday 12th July
Sunday 4th and Tuesday 8th and Saturday 31st August
Friday 6th September
Sunday 6th and Tuesday 8th and Saturday 19th October
Sunday 3rd and Friday 8th and Saturday 30th November
Tuesday 3rd December