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Downham: Harvest Festival, Lunch & Produce display. Open Invitation

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on October 3, 2012 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Sunday 7 October at At Luke's Church, Shroffold Road, BR1. 

Goldsmiths Community Garden events in September

Posted by Goldsmiths Community Garden on September 6, 2012 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Season of mists and mellow bitten-ness... - sorry Keats I don't have much in the way of fruitful this year! The slugs and snails have gone into a feeding frenzy even eating tomato leaves and munching runner beans in mid air.

Edible Open Gardens Day - 15th September 2012

As part of the Big Dig we will be opening the community garden from 11am - 4pm on Saturday 15 September. There will be herb and salad plants for sale that you can overwinter on a sunny windowsill, light refreshments will be available and you can see the Apothecary Garden in progress. On the same day we will be 'Looking at Nature in New Ways' with Ruth and Suriya, who host the Permaculture Kids Club at GrowMayow Community Garden, Sydenham, and will be building a herb spiral in our circular brick bed.

 Making Connections - Garden Party 22nd September 2012

 Please join us on Saturday 22 September from 12 noon to 4 pm in the community garden for an event celebrating health and wellbeing and the conclusion of the hubbub project. The Wellbeing Service, which offers low cost homeopathic treatments, has moved in to Room 3 which opens on to the community garden.

To celebrate new beginnings we will be raising funds for the Wellbeing Service to enable it to continue to offer the service to the local community with a cake sale, books and bric a brac and pizzas from our new and wonderful earth oven. Please join us if you can!

If you have or know of any locally grown produce that someone would be happy to donate to this good cause please let me know.


Downham: Summer Holiday Workshops for families

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on July 10, 2012 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Summer Holiday Workshops


Goldsmiths Garden on Castillon Road, SE6 is offering an amazing variety of workshops this summer! Thanks to the generous support of Lewisham Council they are running workshops for children, families and adults over the holidays from 25 July to 17 August.


Permaculture Kids Club comes to Goldsmiths!

10 August 10-2pm

Build a Bug Hotel in the community garden

17 August 10-2pm

Composting workshops

various times and dates on Wednesdays and Fridays from Wednesday  25 July,

For more information and booking, visit the excellent Goldsmiths Community Garden blog.

Downham Nutrition Partnership at the Phoenix Festival

Posted by Goldsmiths Community Garden on May 11, 2012 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (3)

Tomorrow is the fifth annual festival hosted by Phoenix Community Housing, a not-for-profit resident-led Housing Association in the Bellingham, Whitefoot and Downham area of Lewisham. The theme this year is the Olympics.

Do come along if you can - it's in Forster Park in Whitefoot Lane, it starts at 11.30 am and the sun will be shining, according to BBC Weather! Directions to get there are at the bottom of this post.

Downham Nutrition Partnership (DNP) will be hosting Go For Gold, a partnership of several organisations promoting healthy eating and exercise. One of their themes is Growing Food for Free and there will be lots of tomato plants to give away, carefully nurtured by Dr Tattersfield!

DNP has been working for many years with schools, patients from the local GP surgery, and the local community developing the Kendale Road allotments just off the Bromley Road, supporting Delicious Nutritious to promote healthy eating in Downham, and working with Phoenix to develop more community gardens on their land in Downham and Bellingham.

If you come to the Festival please come and say hello!

By bus: 336, 208, 136, 54. Enjoy a spring stroll to the park, or catch a number 336 to the Haddington Road stop right by the park. The 208, 136 or 54 take you to the Southend Lane stop on the Bromley Road, then it’s a 5-minute walk along Whitefoot Lane to the park.

Downham Nutrition Partnership website

A 'potted' history of Goldsmiths Community Centre and gardening

Posted by Goldsmiths Community Garden on April 21, 2012 at 2:25 AM Comments comments (2)

First of all thank you very much to all who came to the Bring a Plant Day on Monday 16 April , for their labour and plants, and for the fantastic write up of the day on this blog. There's not much more I can add, except it was quite spontaneously planned but we chose the right day for it! The plants have all been well watered now, despite their drought tolerance and a hosepipe ban. From an occasional hacking away in my lunch hour, the concerted effort by everyone last Monday has really made a difference and I met some lovely new people who are as interested in gardening as I am.

A word on those brambles. The green palisade fence which was put up last year augmented a chain link fence which had been there since the 1970s. The brambles were grown to stop intruders, and were pretty successful although the centre is not immune to stuff being hurled over or finding a way through.

When it opened in 1939 the community centre had no fence at all and opened out on to a recreation space of 13 acres, where the Excalibur prefabs now stand (not for much longer). Here's the Queen Mum at the prefabs in the 1980s, presenting prizes on behalf of the London Gardens Society - no, I'd never heard of them either! Thanks to Rosie Roffey for the photo (her mum and dad won).

The community centre has been inextricably linked with gardening and food production over the past 70+ years. One of the first groups to be set up was the Goldsmiths Community Centre Gardening Society (now Goldsmiths Gardeners), formed in 1939 and who manage the Crutchley/Hazelbank Road allotments to this day. They held their first annual flower and vegetable show at the centre on August Bank Holiday 1939 and from 1940-1945 managed the open space as 144 allotments - 'Dig for Victory'! Thanks to local residents I have copies of certificates awarded by the Society for 'Truss of Tomatoes' and 'Prettiest Front Garden'!

For more than 30 years the Gardeners Society acted as a garden centre, providing seeds, bulbs, plants and compost to the local community. They still meet in the growing season on Sunday mornings at the centre. If you would like to know more about the history of the community centre click here

A big thanks again to everyone and to all the contacts I've made subsequently! You are welcome to visit the garden in progress. I welcome offers of help and plants, although I am currently behind the game regarding cultivated areas to plants! The garden is only accessible at the moment on Mondays and Tuesdays between 10-10.30 and 3. Please contact me beforehand as I sometimes go out on visits or have appointments, either through this site or by emailing [email protected]

Downham: Bring a Plant Day! Volunteers Needed!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on April 11, 2012 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (8)

Goldsmiths Community Garden is undergoing a fantastic change. 

The garden which had fallen into disrepair is being transformed into an Apothecary Garden, a living space filed with herbs, vegetables and flowers designed to compliement their new Wellbeing Service. 

They need volunteers and plants!

So come along on Monday afternoon if you can and help shape a new therapeutic space. 

If you are unable to attend on a Monday  afternoon- get  in touch- Email:[email protected]


Goldsmiths Community Centre

Castillon Road

London SE6 1QD Click for map

Telephone: 0208 698 3741

Can you help us create an Apothecary Garden in Downham?

Posted by Goldsmiths Community Garden on April 7, 2012 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (9)

Goldsmiths Community Garden is delighted to be a member of Lewisham Gardens. As an individual, I've lived in Brockley for over 25 years and have been gardening for longer. As a community development and projects worker I am always looking to combine my interests with local needs!

Over two years ago when I first discovered the Community Garden as part of a feasibility study to update the community centre, it was called the Pensioners' Garden and overgrown with brambles, rose bushes with 2 inch thick stems and flowers 8 feet above your head. It's a lovely sunny area that has been landscaped in the past, and feels very secluded although the 124 bus passes only feet away.

Here is a link to Flickr[email protected]/sets/72157629766148795/

The Community Association had just received funding for a Wellbeing Service at the centre and it struck me that in providing low cost complementary therapies to the local community this could also be complemented by an Apothecary Garden for people to enjoy and learn at the same time. Combing traditional apothecary plants with herbs and some vegetables and fruit is my ideal. If anyone has suggestions as to how this can be achieved I would be very grateful.

I recently established a base at the centre to run a Community Media Resource, the room opens onto the garden and I've been able to tidy it up a bit and hack away at the roses, which really need to come out as they are well past their best now. Can you help, with advice and maybe a little volunteering? I have two books beside me on medicinal plants and herbs and an idea of how I would like it to look!

As a local group you are welcome to use the Community Media Resource Centre (we give priority to groups in Whitefoot and Downham, as we are funded by their local assemblies). Please visit the website for more information about this service, which is open on Mondays (except bank holidays) from 10.30 - 3.30 and on Tuesdays from 10 - 1 and can help your group with promotion, fundraising and resources.

I thank you in advance for your interest and Anne-Marie for putting me in touch!


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Composting Workshops: Downham

Posted by GK_BIll on March 28, 2012 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (3)

Composting Workshops

Tuesday 1 May-  

Time: 10.30-11.45am  or  1-2.15pm

Wednesday 2 May-

Time: 5-6.15pm or 7-8.15pm

Venue: Downham Library, 7-9 Moorside Road, BR1 5EP

Nearest train station: Grove Park

We're celebrating International Compost Awareness Week by providing free workshops for Lewisham residents! Compost is easy to make and to use, so come along and get some composting tips!

To book your place please email [email protected], stating ‘composting 2012’ as the subject, and the session you would like to attend.