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Access to conservation:Greenwich Meantime Plant Nursery

Colourful Meantime Nursery Sign

Meantime Nursery Sign

The Meantime Plant Nursery is an innovative volunteer powered project, aiming to put vacant development land to good use growing plants. The Conservation Volunteers are now offering a new volunteering opportunity at the Meantime Plant Nursery:

-learn and develop horticultural skills such as plant propagation and maintenance.
-enhance your DIY and carpentry skills, building new raised beds, irrigating polytunnels and constructing staging.
-discover dendrology with the ‘Remarkable Tree Project’, our new initiative to find and multiply London’s most unusual and unique trees.

Volunteer days are held every Tuesday from 10-3, tea, coffee, biscuits, and all tools, training and equipment will be provided.

Michael and Pat and a volunteer

Michael and Pat and a volunteer

I went along to volunteer one Tuesday and found a cheery welcome. We are sorting out how to be most useful to the project. Plans include a suitably high worktable and possibly raised bed.

The venue has level access and cleared paths with good surfaces for wheelchair users.The site is at the Greenwich Peninsula West Parkside, easily accessed by buses to the Meridian village near the 02 on Jubilee Line (accessible station North Greenwich). It is a good place to relax in a green environment set up in an urban space.

There is a ramp into the office. Unfortunately there is not an usable accessible toilet on the site yet. (But there is an Odeon Imax cinema within a few minutes walk and several restaurants and a B&Q)

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We are developing a project on accessible conservation and planting project together – watch this space!

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More photos at the flickr page.

Also have a look at this blog on the website which is slightly different from here.

Disabled Access Day in Greenwich 17th Jan 2015

reblogged from Connect Culture website

For the #AccessDay we went to visit Greenwich for the afternoon. We couldnt find much access information and we thought of using the Disability Access Day to visit for ourselves as an afternoon trip.

Reading a report that ‘Access for disabled people on the High Street in Britain is “shocking”, according to a government audit of more than 30,000 shops and restaurants’, we thought we would visit Greenwich to check it out.

According to the Visit Greenwich website, it is ‘ home to a World Heritage Site, Europe’s most successful entertainment arena, Britain’s first urban cable car, London’s oldest Royal Park and the place where hemispheres meet’, but we couldnt really find any information on access for a day trip.

We visited Greenwich Market, looked at some shops and restaurants and ended up with a walk along the river to a pub – The Trafalgar Tavern which disappointingly did not have an accessible loo. Although we are mostly wheelchair users on this trip, we can understand how it would not be easy for people with visual impairments.

So heres a short video of our afternoon in Greenwich. We hope to make a more in depth project of more information on its accessibility in the future.

Get in touch if you re interested!

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