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We Dig It 2 new gardening and wellbeing club

Posted by Ruth Robinson on March 6, 2017 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (53)

Come along to our new gardening and well being club at  Frendsbury gardens, Mondays 1.30 to 4pm, starting 6th March 2017.

All adults over 18 welcome, all abilities.

Refreshmnents, snacks and garden tuitiion provided.

email Ruth or Lizzie on

[email protected]

or text Ruth

07766 596600

Look forward to seeing you!

first aider wanted

Posted by Ruth Robinson on April 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Dig It Wednesday afternoon session at Frendsbury gardens really needs a qualified first aider to help us to continue to run the sessions.

See Facebook page

No experience in gardening required, we can show you that, just first aid and a sensitivity to needs of vulnerable adults.

We are 2 experienced gardeners leading the session with interests in Permaculture and Wildllife and we'd love to have you volunteer with us.

Please contact Ruth

[email protected] or

07766 596600

if you are interested, even if it is just for a month or two, it would be really helpful!

Brockley Hilly Fields Big Bird Watch

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on January 24, 2014 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Looking for a garden project in Brockley to get involved with?

Posted by Sue Luxton on January 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Marsha Phoenix Hostel is a hostel in Brockley for young women. Housed in two large Victorian houses knocked together, it is blessed with a substantial back garden. Previously well-tended, it had become rather neglected. For the past two years, a small group of local volunteers have been working to improve the garden and to grow fresh fruit and vegetables as well as plants to attract wildlife.

We are gradually getting on top of the weeds and have had great crops of courgettes, squashes, runner beans and tomatoes, amongst other things. Last Autumn we were able to repair the long derelict greenhouse and plant some fruit bushes in one of our raised beds.

We're looking forward to putting the greenhouse to good use this year, and having been inspired by the Great British Garden Revival series on BBC2 recently, are planning a colourful, exotic look to the garden for 2014!

We would welcome a few extra people to get involved with the project this year, which would enable us to cultivate more areas of the garden. Our first few work sessions of the year are below. If you would like to come along, please drop me a line beforehand so I know how many people to expect. I'll bring along a big pan of soup to the first session, to warm us up.


Sunday 9th February, 11am-2pm (or anytime you can spare in between)

Sunday 9th March, 11am-2pm (or anytime you can spare in between)

Sunday 23rd March 11am-2pm (or anytime you can spare in between)

Sunday 6th April 11am-2pm (or anytime you can spare in between)

Sunday 27th April 11am-2pm (or anytime you can spare in between)

Hope to see you there, along with suggestions of how to develop the garden this year. If you have any spare plants/cuttings you don't need, please bring them along and we can find them a good home. We're particularly after a few shade-tolerant shrubs for the north-facing border. If you have your own tools, please bring them along; if not, don't worry, we have a few. The hostel is at 90-92 Tressillian Road, SE4, but please let me know in advance if you are planning to attend.


You can see a photo diary of our progress in the garden on our blog and flickr.

Brockley: Places available on the Intro to Permaculture gardening course.

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on January 16, 2014 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Stepping into Harmony - an introduction to Permaculture

Saturday January

18 Saturday January 25.


Mich Thrill and Ruth Robinson will run this two-Saturday introduction to Permaculture Design

The event will take place at St Saviour’s Vestry and Edible Garden, Brockley Rise, Lewisham SE23 1JN (on the corner of Herschell Road and Brockley Rise).

The pair will explore what Permaculture is and discover its origins and ethical foundations. They will also show participants Permaculture principles which can apply in gardens, jobs and personal life.

Permaculture Design allows us to work with, rather than against, nature to create resilient communities and sustainable ecosystems. The pair will explore how Permaculture enables us to create low-maintenance edible gardens that benefit the environment as well as the people and community.

Cost of the two-day event will be £60/£30 (sliding scale) including veggie lunch and refreshments. Further concessions may be available on request.

To book email: [email protected] or call Ruth on 07766 596600

Brockley Rise: Two Day Intro to #Permaculture Gardening Course

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on January 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

It's time to get started on that resolution to grow a few herbs and veg in the garden this yea!

*Brockley Rise: Two Day Intro to #Permaculture Gardening Course

The Venue is the St Saviour's Permaculture Garden run by Brockley gardener Ruth Robinson

Her contact is [email protected]

Contact for the Course is [email protected]

T: 07901 036 220


Brockley: Looking for fruit trees and bushes to glean!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on November 7, 2013 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Wild Brockley are local jam, chutney and preserve specialists.

They are looking for pears, apples, quinces, crabapples, rosehips and any other fruit that is edible and in season now.

If you are all chutnied out, and have fruit that still needs harvesting-  do getin tough with Moira and Elizabetta. 

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @Wildbrockley

Brockley Nature Reserve (NXGC) This Saturday 10.30pm - 3pm

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on November 6, 2013 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The next volunteer workday at Brockley Nature Reserve (Also known as New Cross Gate Cutting) is this Saturday the 9th of November and the day runs from 10.30am until 3pm.

On the day we will be continue our Autumn tasks of clearing part of our main meadow (as the main meadow is split into 3 parts and we cut different parts of the meadow each year). This will be cutting back the rough grassland, Rosebay Willow Herb, bramble and small saplings within this part of the meadow. We will also be clearing small areas within the other two meadows as well if we have the time. This will all lead towards our winter tasks which will be felling of small trees along the left side of the main meadow.

If you haven't then before you start to volunteer with the Trust or our little local group, you need to fill out a London Wildlife Trust Volunteer Registration Form. You can email it back to me once it is completed or bring it to me on the day. Also please let me know if you would like to be removed from the email list.

All the best and I will see you on the day

Steve Cleall, Volunteer Warden

Foraging Meeting Ups

Posted by Chrissie on October 21, 2013 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

SE Plenty Free Foraging Group - Email: [email protected]

OCTOBER EVENTS 22nd - 31st

TUESDAY 22nd AM: Pear picking in SE23 Brockley rise area. This will be an early harvest to start at 9am. Meet at 8.45am on Brockley Rise

TUESDAY 22nd AM/PM: Grow wild are having a special day event. This will start earlier than normal at 11am, meet at Peckham Library for a forage in the meadows then on to cook with the produce at the kitchen in New Cross SE14. They will possibly be cooking additional recipes with previously harvested fruits. This event workshop may be accompanied by a film crew.

THURSDAY 24th AM: Harvest of apple tree/s in Honor Oak area. Possibly more than one garden (tbc)

FRIDAY 25th AM: tbc; but either a garden harvest in SE23 or pear picking in Syd SE26

SUNDAY 27th AM: Another chance to gather chestnuts in Greenwich Park Advice provided on how to differentiate between Horse & Sweet chestnut trees and nuts. Recipes may also be provided, but these will also be posted on the website prior to the event. As last week, we will aim to meet just before 11am, ready for a short introduction and be ready to kick off our collecting at 11am. The event is expected to last several hours depending on weather conditions and how much fruit people want to collect.

As usual, we plan to bring a close to the event by toasting each others good health & sharing foraging tales in a local public house (yet to be decided). Sturdy footwear is a must. Gloves are optional, but recommended.

Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing for all events and as always... Bring your OWN BAGS!!

ADVANCE NOTICE: FRIDAY 1st NOVEMBER: 10.30-4.30 Quince Day workshop at Grow Mayow - Please contact me for booking info. Nominal fee will apply to cover costs, but you do get to take some produce home. Limited places!!

Please book early. -

Phone: 07707 557575

Email: [email protected]