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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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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.



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!

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


Big Garden Birdwatch and Family Activities: The Horniman

Posted by Jenny on January 7, 2014 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)" />

Busy Bees is back this week and your favourite weekend activities begin from 11 January including Art Makers and storytelling.

Big Garden Birdwatch

Sat 25 Jan, 11am – 3.30pm

Take part in the world’s biggest birdwatch! Everyone welcome. Find out more.

Free Event



Every January the RSPB encourage a nationwide bird count so we can check the number and diversity of birds in our parks and gardens.


Come and join us at the Horniman for a day celebrating bird life and finding out what species are in our gardens. Help us with our Horniman Garden bird survey, make a bird feeder, make a bird puppet and explore some of our bird taxidermy, Bird expert David Darrell–Lambert from Bird Brain UK will be on hand to lead walks, help identify birds, and answer questions.


We will have some binoculars available to borrow, but if you have some please bring them along." />

Forest Hill: Albion Millennium Green wood and orchard

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on November 7, 2013 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The Friends of Albion Millennium Green have a workday this coming Saturday 9 November.

Time: 10.30-12.30 


  • Clearing the brambles and buddleia, including roots, from the birch woodland area.
  • Investigating the soil depth at various spots for the planting of bluebells in the spring.
  •  tackle the thicket of nettles and brambles inside the railway path fence to prepare for sowing a shady hedgerow seed mix
  • planting the rest of the Chelsea Flower show plants.

Bring tools and waterproof-ish footwear.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Ann Field, Secretary

Friends of Albion Millennium Green

Entrance off Albion Villas Road MAP

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]


Forest Hill: Apple Foraging Meet Ups

Posted by Jenny on October 13, 2013 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

SE Plenty Free the new Lewisham foraging group have a announced a series of foraging meet ups for the next week.

Do call - text - email for more details & do bring your own bags!


SUN 13th Some of us are heading over to One Tree Hill / Brenchley Gardens early afternoon, to look for sloes (to make gin) and some late blackberries. Contact me for meeting place.

THURS 17th AM: We will be visiting 2 gardens behind Hornimans Museum that has several apples trees. Meet at 9.30am


THURS 17th PM: We will be vising a garden in New Cross. Meet at 2pm

SAT 19th AM: Albion Millenium Green Orchard Walk Meet at Forest Hill Station @ 11am


SAT 19th PM: We will be meeting at the Honor Oak Aerial site and visiting a nearby garden which had 6 different varieties of Apple trees. Bring picking picks if you have, or can borrow.


Vera- SE Plenty Free 

 Telephone: 07707 557575

Email: [email protected]

New Foraging Group:Abundance South East London

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on September 19, 2013 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

We are a NEW small South East London based group of foraging enthusiasts based primarily in SE23, SE26, SE4, SE6, SE13, SE14, SE19 & SE20 (or wherever the fruit trees call us to)

If you are interested or live locally, you can join us by emailing Vera at: [email protected] for more information.

We are also linked with the lovely Grow Mayow Community Garden and the monthly Sydenham market every last Sunday of the month.

We are now also on the Abundance Network. 

Specialist equipment not always necessary, sometimes a bag and willing hands are enough.

Close links with community projects, who run sometimes run preserving workshops, including (but not limited to) Jam making, Chutney & Relish making, pickles & preserving methods.

Email: [email protected]