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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!

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.

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.


BBC Show looking for Allotment Gardeners!

Posted by Nick on February 24, 2014 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)" />

Lewisham Homes - funding for community-led site improvements

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on February 6, 2014 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Hopefully this Lewisham Homes 'Get Gardening'  application process is less half-assed than it appears to be.

Having read through the application form,  I have my doubts that a gardener had anything to do with planning it. There is no mention of planting fruit trees for a start. Funding for community vegetable growing projects which comes through IN MAY. Sowing wild flower seeds IN MAY How very useful!  

You can of course still direct sow runner beans and courgette, or spend half your funding buying in older plants from the garden centre. But where is the fun or the learning in that? So yeah, a clear ethos of Grow Your Own and sustainability at the heart of this Lewisham Homes scheme.

Anyway... here is the Application Form

If you're aware of a Lewisham Homes site which could do with gussying up- then there is up to £5,000 available for community improvment projects.

Who can apply? You can be a Lewisham Homes resident, a group of residents, or a community group or social enterprise, but your project MUST be for, and benefit, Lewisham Homes residents. Your project can be a one-off piece of work, or last for weeks or even a couple of months.

Key dates

• 3 March: Community Fund launches

• 14 April: Closing date for applications

Successful applicants will be notified in early May.

How to apply If you have a fantastic idea for a community project then book your place now for a one-to-one support or training session on how to apply for funding. Email [email protected].uk or call Joy Burnett on 020 8613 7662.

The Big Dig is here - Saturday 22 March 2014

Posted by Nick on February 4, 2014 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)


The Big Dig is here - Saturday 22 March 2014

Need more volunteers for your site? Having trouble engaging with your local community?


The Big Dig is a volunteer drive designed to get your growing project ready for the season, and help you get local people down to your garden to get their hands dirty, learn something new and hopefully decide to continue to help throughout the growing season. It is also a great way to get some of your old volunteers back on site!


How does the Big Dig help your growing space get volunteers?


The Big Dig is in its third year in London and also now runs across the country. Lots of groups have found it a useful way to start the season and promote their project. We will also be getting press coverage including national coverage in the Guardian magazine and will be using social media to get as many people along as we can . Food Growing projects that register for the day will:

• Be added to Big Dig online map so that new volunteers can find your space by entering their postcode and registering to volunteer.

• Receive postcards and posters to help you promote the day locally.

• Get an info pack on how to run a successful Big Dig day including five packets of seeds


Plus we have 10 x £20 vouchers to give away plus other mystery prizes for the first 20 sign ups and its absolutely free to take part.



To sign up to visit the Capital Growth website

Sydenham Garden

Posted by Nick on February 4, 2014 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)


Sydenham Garden: FREE Day out to a farm in Ticehurst, East Sussex to cut willow for use in the garden. Volunteers Needed

Contact details: [email protected]

Willow Cutting Day -  Saturday 8th February

DETAILS: Wear stout shoes and bring secateurs (or borrow from Sydenham Garden). Please bring a packed lunch.

TIME: 09:30 Leaving - 17:00 Returning

Leaving from: Sydenham Garden Resource Centre, 28a Wynell Road, SE23 2LW.

COST: FREE! Donations towards the transport up to £5 welcome.

To book contact Sydenham Garden

Community workday at Sydenham Garden de Frene site- Friday 15th February 2014

TIME: 10.30 to 2.30.


Sydenham Garden de Frene site is hosting its first community workday of the year

LIATION DETAILS:  The De Frene site is up a driveway between 35 and 37 de Frene Road (SE26 4AF) .

New volunteers are welcome. We will be doing orchard maintenance and pruning, building a raised bed and a putting up a polytunnel.

Come along and find out more about our charity and plans for the site.

Light lunch will be provided.

Please wear warm clothes and sturdy shoes. The site can be very muddy.

Forest Hill: New chicken project looking for volunteers.

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on January 24, 2014 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)


Venue: Miriam Lodge, 185 Dartmouth Road SE26 4RN (Next to Forest Hill Police Station.)


Word has been spreading about the St Mungo's chicken & veg growing project and we've been invited to replicate it at Miriam Lodge Hotel in Forest Hill.


The residents have absolutely engaged with the chickens and have now been caring for them to the highest standards for seven months. everyone, especially the residents themselves are proud and delighted.


Miriam Lodge in Forest Hill wants to do the same, so they are inviting Forest Hill locals to come along and help with growing veg and with the chicken keeping. In fact if you've been absently considering having a few hens at home, this new project could be perfect way to get a little experience. The birds should be on site within the next few weeks.


More info: It's a 125 bed hostel- twice the number of residents as St Mungos, but it is a 'dry' hostel with zero tolerance for onsite drinking, so the residents are much further along in their recovery- basically a lot less lively than St Mungos!


If you're interested you can email us as usual or Miriam Lodge directly: [email protected]


Come on Forest Hill!

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.