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Foraging: Hedgerow jams, jellies, syrups and cordials

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on September 29, 2013 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Clockwise from the Left: Elderberries, rowans, rosehips, blackberries, white rowans and hawthornes. 

Be careful where you pick!
When we go foraging  we stay well away from roads,- you dont really want to be eating food that has grown alongside a busy road.
Even a thorough washing may not remove all the dirt and chemicals the fruit has been exposed to over a long perid of time.

This fruit heavy bramble is in a quiet cut through I only know is there because of hide and seek games played as child.  

Hawthornes- these dont yield much berry juice- even if you pick kilos!  Its best used as an ingedient alongside other hedgerow berries. 
It does give lots of colour. 

This elderberry bushe had it's top lopped off several years ago and so helpfully,  it's elderflowers and berries are conveniently at head height. 

Try not to pick from low branches which  may have been sprayed by dogs and foxes. In some popukar dog walking areas several hundred dogs may mark a particular spot  in a week- you dont want to be eating that! 

Finally -  dont be greedy!  Take as much as you need, but  try to spread you pickingc over several sites. Leave some for the birds and for other foragers. 

Make sure you know what you are picking. The kids picked the large brown berries at the top of the picture and we have no idea what they are, and so they'll be put aside until we can get an ID.  If one isnt forthcoming, they'll go into the compost. 
UPDATE: The brown berries belong to the wild service tree, .they are edible but only after tenderised by an  extended periode of cold. Tp the compost it goes!  

These are open maps stated by local Transition Town teams, everyone can contribute to them. So why not be neighbourly and help out a fellow forager by sharing  some of your favourite spots? 

Frendsbury Gardens- Green Flag Celebrations

Posted by Nick on August 29, 2013 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Last month Frendsbury Gardens in Brockley won a Green Flag, a nationally recognised award for excellence in community gardening.

The team at Frendsbury Gardens will be holding an open day on Saturday 7th September 10-1pm as part of their Green Flag raising ceremony

The Mayor will be joining us to raise the flag at 11.45am.

Do join them to celebrate this fantastic award - the result of a tremendous amount of hard work by local residents and their families

Activities on the day:

- bug hunting for the children

- making a mosaic “Welcome” sign for the gardens

- making nature hanging mobiles

- story telling in our willow dome

- GrowWild + the Peckham Pickler will be running a pickling and preserving workshop from food harvested from the garden


Contact: [email protected] or via Facebook

Pan-tree in the Park- an Autumn showcase for Lewisham Produce!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on September 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (2)

Date: SAT 20 October

Time: 11-3pm 

Venue: Manor Park in Hither Green / Lee. 

Lewisham Gardens is proud to announce it is working with Manor Park's Cafe Tranqui and @DillyKnit to celebrate what we have grown, sown, baked and made here in Lewisham tthis year! 

We will be joined by bakers, jam and chutney makers, knitters and gardeners,  all proudly showcasing the results of their year's efforts. 

You are warmly invited to come along and join our celebrations! Whatever the weather, there will be lots of autumn craft activities for children through out the day , plus we will be enjoying the park with a fantastic autumn forage walk in the park lead by Theresa Webb of Kitchen Buddy.  Theresa is a local nutritionist and dietician  and is renowned for her award winningly healthy raw and baked vegan goods.


Eager to Take Part?

1. There will also be a bread and cake bake-off!  :D Everyone is welcome to enter! So get baking! 

2. There are some stalls left if you or your group would like to showcase/ sell some goods. 

For more information: email [email protected] or visit to complete a stall booking form.

Location Map:

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

Forest Hill Food Fair

Posted by Floss on April 18, 2012 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (2)


This Sunday (22nd April), the Forest Hill Society will be holding a Food Fair at Forest Hill station from 10am - 4pm.

 Food stalls:

  •  Franklins- Fresh Delicacies, English Cheeses
  •  The Egg Boss - Handmade Scotch eggs

  • Pimento Hill- Award winning Chutneys, Caribbean Sauces and Spices
  • BreadBread -Artisan Bread
  • The Forest Hill Cake Company - Delicious Cakes

  • On The Hoof Coffee Bar 
  • Fleisch the caterers
  • Hills & Parkes - home baked pie & tartlets
  •  Mridula’s Indian Kitchen

 The majority of the stall holders live locally and are trying the waters out here to see what demand is like. Please come along and show your support.

 Once you have made your purchases, why not try a local restaurant? 

  • The Black Hummingbird,
  • India Gate,
  • Canvas & Cream, Sylvan Post, Question Bar,
  • Dartmouth Tandoori
  • All Inn One

 These restaurants are all running special taster dishes for £1 - £2. The Dartmouth Arms will also be offering free nibbles.

 Finally, Sugar Mountain will be selling their sweets at the special rate of £1/100g

Want to start your own local food business?

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 19, 2012 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Do you produce homemade jams, ice-creams, chutneys, smoked fish and cheeses? 

Do you give them away to work colleges, fetes and fairs?

Do you have a yearning to join the growing community of small food producers?

Want to start your own business?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you may be intersted in the new food fair market promotion in Lewisham. 

New traders needed for first ever local markets fortnight


Lewisham Council is calling all budding entrepreneurs to trade at its markets during the borough’s first ever local markets fortnight, which is set to run from Saturday 28 April to Saturday 12 May.


Local markets fortnight will celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of markets in Lewisham and local people will be encouraged to support local independent businesses in and around the borough’s three main street markets in Lewisham, Catford and Deptford High Street.


The Council wants to recruit up to 30 new and established traders to sell food, arts, crafts and second hand goods at a revitalised market at Catford Broadway during the weekend of Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April and at Lewisham on Saturday 12 May. Subsidised stalls will be available, as well as business support and advice on trading.


To register your interest for a stall in Catford Broadway during the 28–29 April or Lewisham Market on 12 May contact 020 8314 2050 or email [email protected] by 30 March.


Markets Service

Wearside Service Centre, Wearside Road

SE13 7EZ

Tel: 020 8314 2050

Email: [email protected]