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St Mungos Herb Spiral bed

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on April 5, 2014 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (1)

I cannot express how proud I am of of my gardening/ construction team.


Actual seed sowing and propagation they could not care less about (ha!)- but I learned last summer they love the physical construction.


So this spring we came up with a list of projects- and they have been bouncing through them with such a fun, can do spirit. And goodness they are looking so well. Staff report they have been talking and planning at meal times. Having a project onsite to which they can make the aesthetic and construction decisions.

Forest Hill & Honor Oak:

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on April 1, 2014 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Forest Hill & Honor Oak: People of SE23- your planting help is needed on the Edible High Road!

Lets help celebrate 50 years of Britain in Bloom!


The wondrous Forest Hill Society volunteers have managed to sell an astonishing 110 tubs of Sunflowers and golden vegetables to shops and businesses along Dartmouth Road, London Road, Perry Vale, David's Road and Honor Oak Park. These tubs will decorate the streets of SE23 all summer.


What they need is LOTS of help planting up these tubs and the beds outside the train station. Children and families welcome!


So please take a note of these dates:

* Sunday April 13th 2.00pm - Forest Hill station forecourt to plant seeds


* Sunday April 27th from 11.00am - Help really needed at Devonshire Road Nature Reserve to pot up and decorate the sunflower tubs. Followed by a Pizza lunch!


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Capital Clean-up funding - Application Deadline March 24th!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 17, 2014 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Capital Clean-up funding for improving your neighbourhood. Application Deadline March 24th!


This is just a quick reminder that Capital Clean-up grants of up to £1500 and FREE clean-up kits are still available to constituted groups and informal groupings of friends and neighbours.

The funds can pay for planting, building raised beds, painting, graffiti removal, murals, generally making improvements to an otherwise neglected space.


Key info:

*Grants of up to £1500 and FREE starter kits are on offer to community groups and local businesses who want to join Capital Clean-up this summer.

*Constituted groups can apply for both grants and kits, groups that are not constituted can apply for kits only.

*Clean-up activity has to take place between May - August 2014!

Deadline for applications: March 24 2014!

- Grants of up to £1500 for groups that might what to transform an area through,


*Clean-up Kits to support groups that want to tackle littering issues in a particular space, which includes enough kit for 10 people (including litter pickers, high-vis vests, gloves, hoops and refuse bags) and £50 homebase vouchers for some planting or painting.


For more information and to find the application documents go to

The Big Dig 2014: Saturday 22 March

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 17, 2014 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The Big Dig 2014: Saturday 22 March

On Saturday 22nd March 2014 community gardens up and down the country will be getting their gardens ready for the new growing season. Find a garden listed below to get involved.


* Forest Hill: Horniman Primary School Allotment Project

Time: 1-4pm

Where: Horniman Drive, Forest Hill, SE23 3BP


A garden in a primary school set high up in Forest Hill, with a wonderful view over London. There are raised beds where the children grow vegetables, flowers and herbs and a wildlife area with a pond.

What's happening: We will be digging and weeding the raised beds to get them ready for growing and clearing a new area to put our compost bins. All help very welcome!


* Brockley Rise: St Saviour's Edible Garden

Time: 10.30am - 12pm

Where: Brockley Rise SE23 1JNUrban food growing patch outside a church in Brockley Rise.

An organic permaculture and organic food growing garden.


What's happening:

Digging new beds to extend the growing area.


*New Cross: Somerville Adventure Playground +Kitchen Garden

Time: 1-5pm Gardening Workshops 1-3

Where: Somerville Adventure Playground, Queens Road, New Cross SE14 5AA

This is a well-established, community based adventure playground and Youth service. Grow Wild are facilitating the development of a Kitchen Garden.


What's happening: Discover the playground, join in with a Family Gardening Workshop from 1-3 'Take Away Summer Crop Windowbox' and plants for sale.


* Telegraph Hill: Common Growth Community Garden

Time: 2-5pm

Where: Sandbourne Road SE4 2NS

Common Growth is a community garden in New Cross, transforming a small patch of waste ground into a productive space for food growing, for the local community. It's very informal and everyone is welcome to come and help or just enjoy the garden.


What's happening: Building raised beds, harvesting, weeding, turning compost, drawing, digging!


* Catford: Rushey Green Community Garden

Time: 12-5 pm

Where: Riverview Park, Catford, London SE6 4PL

This is a derelict allotment that has been overtaken with bramble and rubbish and plans are in place for clearing both. To make areas of the garden available for long term use of local groups to pursue their own growing interests.

Whats happening: This is an opportunity to visit, explore and discuss your view of the potential of this 3,000 m2 site. To help clear the site.


How to get there: From Catford rail stations walk along Catford Rd passing Wickes on your left. Take the next left into Exbury Rd and then into Riverview Park. After 200m at a break in the houses look for the signs for an allotment on your left. Call mobile shown for help.


* Forest Hill: Albion Millennium Green

Time: 10am - 3pm.

Where: end of Albion Villas Road SE26 4DB


An open access green with a community orchard, woods, meadows and scrubland. Regular arts events in the Spring and Summer

Whats happening: We will be pruning fruit trees, clearing pathways, preparing a new path to improve access to this site.


Hither Green street planters

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 17, 2014 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Helped out the Chair of the Hither Green Community Association on Sunday morning.

Good news: The hundreds of daffodils planted by the St Swithun's Scouts last autumn are flowering all around Hither Green. They did a great job.

The planters at Hither Green station are filled with bright and cheery daffodils.

I hope the scouts are justly proud!


Bad news: The Hither Green Lane plant thief is back at work- the final lavender bit the dust last week.

There have been plant thefts and petty vandalism of the station planters in Forest Hill, but is anyone aware of anywhere that has suffered from more sustained plant larceny than Hither Green Lane? From the original planting last April, there are only hebes left.


Undaunted- the Hither Green Community Association keep keeping on!

And we're all thankful for their persistence!

*The next community gardening session- Saturday 22 March meet at platform 1 entrance to the station.

Forest Hill: Dawn Chorus Walk- Saturday, 22 March 2014

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 17, 2014 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Forest Hill: Dawn Chorus Walk- Saturday, 22 March 2014

Time: 5am - 6.30am

Location: Horniman Museum Gardens, 100 London Road SE13 3PQ


It's Spring and bird nesting season has started! Ornithologist David Darrell-Lambert will guide a walk through the Horniman Museum gardens. Suitable for ages 5+. There is a small cost.


BOOKING INFORMATION Purchase tickets online: £5 per adult, £3 per child.



Lee: Manor House Gardens- Plant Appeal!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on February 27, 2014 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Photo: credit Colin Brouug

The Friends Of Manor House Gardens are planning another planting day in Manor House Gardens. It is reliant on volunteers and donated plants. Here are the plants that are required- would you be able to donate a plant or two?! If you have some spares knocking about, then please email or call her on 020 8318 9023.

Plants to be 'potted up and named please.'  Arrangements for collection can be made directly.

Plants and roughly estimated Quantities Needed:


25 Allium Bulbs

25 Aquilegia

15 Campanula (Canterbury bells)

5 Chelone

15 Delphiniums

20 Digitalis (fox gloves)

15 Echinacea

15 Echinops

15 Eremurus

10 Euphorbia

20 Geranium

30 Geum

7 Helenum

10 Hollyhocks

15 Heuchera (London Pride?)

15 Iris

3 Knipholia (red hot pokers)

5 Knauba

50 Liatris

20 Lilly’s large specious

15 Lupin

15 Palaver Orientale (oriental poppy)

20 Penstemon

5 Peony

10 Phlox

50 Primula vialii

15 Pyrethrum

15 Rudbeckia

25 Scabiosa

5 Tanacetum

30 Verbena Bonariensis (we have some in the centre of the bed need a few more)

50 Veronica spicata


The plan is not ‘set in stone’ we plan to be flexible but do want traditional herbaceous/ perennials

Thank you

Free Wildflower kits for groups- Kew Botanical Gardens

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on February 25, 2014 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Free Wildflower kits for groups from Kew Botanical Gardens

Why not turn your school, church or local tree pits into wildflower havens? Kew Botanical Gardens are offering FREE wildflower kits to communities through their outreach programme 'Grow Wild'.

Apply now!  The deadline is 31 March.