Spring Park Film Makers
The Movie Making Club in West Wickham
On a rainy afternoon members of Spring Park made their way to Coolings Garden Centre for a tour of the grounds and a cream tea.
With raincoats and umbrellas we made our way to their newest acquisition, two very large glasshouses used for exhibitions, flower shows and concerts.
Here in these large greenhouses was a wonderful display of plants and flowers which told the story, in glorious colour, of children’s fairy tales. And it was here that we gathered for our delicious cream team whilst the rain pitter pattered on the glass above.
A thoroughly delightful afternoon which we all enjoyed, and whilst there our guide asked if the club would judge in September their children’s film competition.
Jane Wiseman our tour guide tells us about the wonderful displays in their new glass houses.
Children's stories illustrated by beautiful flower displays
Jack and the Bean Stork
The Three Bears
Red Riding Hood
David takes the opportunity to photograph the plants
Hansel and Gretel
Settling down for our cream tea in the glasshouses
Pictures by Keith and Richard
Better displays than Chelsea!
In 1990 the 14-acre Gardener's Garden Centre site situated at Rushmore Hill was purchased from the Robinson family and is now looked after by Arthur’s grandson. In 2004 a second site was purchased now called Coolings Clean and Pleasant just over a mile away.
Coolings started in Chislehurst in 1913. Seventeen year old Arthur Cooling started growing market garden crops as a part-time occupation. He purchased one acre of land at the rear of Chislehurst High Street in 1920 and it was here that the second-hand greenhouses were built.