You there, climb and take photos for me

Whilst walking around Greenwich on Wednesday I made my boyfriend climb things and take photos. My excuse for not doing the climbing was that I was wearing flip flops and because it was my birthday.

Men have no chance.

The photo above is of the railway line between Greenwich and Maze Hill just before the train disappears into the tunnel that runs under the park. If you travel on this line you will know that the train driver often toots his horn as he enters the tunnel. Very loud but always amusing. Or is there a technical reason for this? Answers on a postcard please.

The other photo he took was of the Dwarf Orchard in Greenwich Park, currently closed as it is still being replanted (I think). Apart from two posts by our local ghost (here and here) and a bit of PR from 2009 I know very little about this bit of land at the bottom of the park. It does not fill me with much joy at the moment though! 🙁

Hopefully a few local bloggers can discuss/whinge about it and do some good or perhaps we could be a bit more practical and write to the local councillors responsible for this area. I would but I live in the Peninsula Ward, not the West Greenwich ward. What if my email is ignored?! What to do, what to do?!

Anyway, hope you like the two photos and that you enjoyed Eurovision and Blue’s respectable performance as much as I did. Go Moldova!

Friday 19th August Update: Thank you to Greenwich Councillor Mary Mills for this tweet back in July. After reading Mary’s blog about the Dwarf Orchard I emailed her asking for a copy of the report which she duly emailed me the next day. I decided to forward this to our Phantom as the Dwarf Orchard seems to be a topic of interest as shown in the links above. After getting permission from the various bodies involved in the report our ghost has now published the article, see here for more details and the report in PDF format.

Wednesday 24th August Update: A couple of more Dwarf Orchard photos from Monday



Tall, green and leafy man spotted in Greenwich


Brian reaches the finish line


  1. mary

    1, the dwarf orchard is in peninsula ward
    2. Promise not to ignore your email
    3. also know a bit about that train horn – if I can remember the details now!

  2. Lara

    Excellent Dr Mills! I think the ward boundary map needs updating on the council website then. 🙂

  3. mary

    I will look at the map – the boundaries in Greenwich Park were always a bit unclear – but it only really mattered when people actually lived in the Park. Park Vista itself is definitely in Peninsula. Dick lives just across the road from the Orchard entrance and I have known the activist that used to run it for years, and I now Chair the Council’s wild life group – so it seems appropriate for us to handle it. Although now it is really up to the Royal Parks what happens there.
    Since you took that photograph it has all been planted out with fruit trees – various local people who had been involved with the Park and with the previous management of the Orchard were asked along one morning and each handed a tree and a spade and shown where to plant it.

  4. Lara Ruffle

    That sounds lovely, did anyone photograph the event?

    And Dick lives on Park Vista? Does he live one of the amazing million pound houses? They are gorgeous. I like the one with the yellow door and the ginger cat best.

  5. Pat

    I see in the local Greenwich free newspaper ‘Greenwich Time’ (25 October, page 14) that Greenwich Council propose to dispose of’ the open space known as the Dwarf Orchard Greenwich Park by way of a freehold transfer at nil consideration to the Royal Parks Authority in order to enhance the site’s condition with regard to its ecological value, its cultural heritage as a former orchard and its value to the community.

    The notice says a plan showing the area affected by the proposal can be inspected during office hours at teh Directorate of Regeneration, 5th Floor Woolwich Centre, Wellington St, Woolwich SE18 6HQ. Any objection to the disposal must be in writing to Russell Power, 5th Floor, Woolwich Centre (address above) before 5.30pm on 11 November.

    • Lara

      Hi Pat,

      I emailed my councillors (Peninsula Ward) about this and they sent me some info that I will blog about at some point.

      The upshot is that the land has been sold to the Royal Parks (who own the park anyway) and the notice in GT is a legal requirement as the land is/was publically owned. Mary Mills has emailed GT suggesting they print another notice about this explaining what is happening better.

      We shall see if GT do anything, but I think all is okay.

  6. jean

    Quite worrying

  7. Lara Ruffle

    I just read this on page 14, maybe they want to sell it to the Royal Parks?

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