Rose Garden Restoration

Bloomin’ Roses


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.


Pruning Masterclass


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 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








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