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Lewisham Borough & the Chelsea Fringe Festival - outdoor events Sat 18 May- Sun 9 June

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on May 3, 2013 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)



Groups have been inspired to put on a wide range of  Chelsea FRinge activities this summer.

I'll post about them  as I hear more.  :  

Forest Hill: The Edible High Road.

Date:Big Launch-  Sat 18 May at 2pm   Follow the Trail Map unitl Sunday 9 June.  See Trail Map

Venue: Forest Hill Train Station and through out Forest Hill.

We have 70 fruit trees being hsoted by shops and businesses in Forest Hill and Honor Oak Park- orchard walks and a brilliant Trail Map.

GQT panellist Matthew Wilson is happily cutting our ribbon. More details on our very new Facebook Page

Forest Hill: The Horniman Family Day and Plant Sale

Date:  Sunday 19 May, 12-5pm

Venue: 100 London Road , London , SE23 3PQ,

Join us for a day of planting activities, storytelling, garden craft workshops and lots more, and pick up a wonderful herb or house plant at the Horniman Friends plant sale.

Tree Stories- Guitarist and storyteller Paul Rubinstein

Time: 12.00-12.45pm & 1.00-1.45pm

Gin Garden- Learn how to make tinctures, syrup and natural gin cocktails and enjoy free presentations from the Gin Garden herbalists.

Time: 12.00-4.30pm

Planting Activities- Plant flowers to take home and watch them bloom, or hang your wishes at the Horniman wish tree.

Time: 12.00-4.30pm

Seeds for the Desert- The official opening of a bee friendly installation in the gardens.

Time: All day

Bee workshop - Learn more about bees around the Seeds for the Desert car installation and go for a bug hunt in the Horniman Gardens

Time: 12.00-4.30pm

Art Makers for adults - Vegetable Cult- Contemporary artists Juneau brothers will show you how to use vegetables to construct your own electronic musical instruments. Free, drop in.

Time: 12.30-3.30pm

Art Makers for children - Pop-up Root Veggies- Create your own vegetable characters to take home.

Time: 12.30-1.15pm, 1.30-2.15pm & 2.30-3.15pm – buy tickets from the Information Desk (accompanying adults free)

Concert: London Consort of Winds- Music medley offrom this popular ensemble on the bandstand.

Time: 2.00-4.00pm

Compost Cookery- Learn all you need to know about compost

Time: 3.00-3.30pm & 4.00-4.30pm – buy tickets from the Information Desk

Horniman Friends Plant Sale (Conservatory)- Find the perfect plant for your home or garden.

Time: 12.00-4.00pm

 (Image from Seeds for the Desert art installation at The Horniman )

Forest Hill: Free lawn care course at the Horniman

Time & Date: May 26, 12noon 

Venue: 100 London Road , London , SE23 3PQ,

Learn tips from the Horniman gardeners by attending our free lawn care Q&A session. Discover the best techniques to lay lawn, use fertilisers, keep the weeds out and have the best-looking lawn for summer!

The course will be followed by live music on the bandstand and a guerrilla gardening talk in the Pavilion. Visit for more info

Hither Green & Lee: Pick Your Own Salad Walks

Theresa Webb local nutritionist and vegan chef doing a series of through Hither Green and Lee. With a vegan lunch afterwards.

Saturday 25th May-  Click for Details

Sunday 2nd June  Click for Details

New Cross: 1000 sunflowers for New Cross Project

Grow Wild Team at Telegraph Hill/ New Cross are doing their best to turn New Cross Road into a Yellow Meadow!

Keep an eye on their What’s On page for a variety of fun and inspirational sunflower events coming soon!

Sydenham Garden Spring Fair: Sat 11th May, 11am - 3pm

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on April 30, 2013 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

 Sydenham Garden Spring Fair

When: Sat 11th May, 11am - 3pm

Where: 28A Wynell Road, Forest Hill SE23 2LW

  • Plants, crafts, nearly new & vintage goods, 
  • home made jams, chutneys & preserves for sale.
  • Refreshments, & home made cakes.

  • Children’s activities. 
  • Gardening tips and seed sowing activities provided by South London Master Gardeners. 
  • Live Music. Wander round the nature reserve and the food-growing garden. Sit and enjoy refreshments in the garden.

Entry £1 or 50p concessions

Entrance via 28a Wynell Road SE23 2LW or via Holland Drive, (off Queenswood Road SE23)

For up to date information look on the Sydenham Garden website:

Telegraph Hill: Kent Plant Fairs Roadshow - SAT 1st June

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on April 23, 2013 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Exciting times for Lewisham's Gardeners!  Some of the best specialist nurseries in the South East including National Collection Holders are coming to Telegraph HIll, SE14


There'll be a plant fair with up to 10 specialist plant nurseries from Kent in Lewisham on 1st June at the Telegraph Hill Centre.

See their  Facebook Page­m/­KentPlantFairsRoadshow for more details.

A nice venue with the lovely Telegraph Hill Park below - probably a bit small for your permaculture festival unfortunately.


When: Saturday, 1 June 2013,

Time: 13:00 - 17:00

Where: Telegraph Hill Centre, Kitto Road, SE14 ( MAP)


Sydenham: A pop-up beach - a FREE fun theatre performance in Mayow Park. WED 29 AUG 1pm & 4pm

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on August 20, 2012 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Greenwich & Lewisham Young people’s Theatre (GLYPT) present a free outdoor theatre performance in Sydenham.

FREE PERFORMANCES - MAYOW PARK, Wed 29th August 2012, 1pm and 4pm

The project, called “A Beach Near You”, is a unique, fun & participatory project involving a group of 10 young people (aged 16-25) and professional actors, centred around a ‘pop-up beach’.

The performers will invite audiences from the park to join them on the 'beach' and celebrate traditional British seaside customs. Audiences will be transported to a hot summer's day with the sound of waves; classic beach activities , sand castles , donkey rides , the pier , Punch and Judy; rows of deck chairs; and ice cream sellers.

Lee: Community Gardener's Drinks Evening- Fri 13 July

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on July 12, 2012 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi Fellow Gardeners


The Lee Manor community gardeners group is inviting other growing groups in the area : Hither Green, Lewisham, New Cross any surrounding areas to a get together drinks at the newly refurbished Lord Northbrook pub in Lee on Friday 13th July at 8pm - everyone is welcome!


Do send an e-mail back if you can come so I can get an idea of numbers (no need to send one if I have already spoken to you at our group).

[email protected]

We hope to see faces old and new (partners welcome).

 I will reserve a few tables together when I have numbers.

Pub Address:  Lord Northbrook Pub 116 Burnt Ash Road, Lee SE12 8PU (near Lee station)

From 8pm onwards. 

Any questions just let me know !

I hope to see you there.


Committee member of Lee Manor community garden group


Herb Walks: Catford + Sydenham

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on June 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (1)

The Chamomile Clinic  is a spa and therapeutic  based in Ringstead Road.

Their  herbalists want to take you on an inspirational journey as they explain the history, medicinal properties and healing powers of the herbs in our parks, pathways and hedgerows.

You will never view the greenery around you in the same way again – from dandelions to st.john’s work, nettles to nipple wort – we have found them all in the green networks around SE6.

Herb Walk in Mountsfield Park

DATE: Sunday 17th June  TIME: 11am – 12.30pm

 Meeting place: The Park Entrance on Carswell Road

Herb Walk along the river:  Catford Bridge to Lower Sydenham

DATE: Sunday 24th June TIME: 2pm – 3.30pm

Meeting place – entrance to the river walk opposite Wickes


Places are limited so please book your space by contacting us by email or phone.

Sorrell: on 0208 333 2344 & mobile number 07814 430 690

or by email: [email protected]

The Garden of England- Olympics Opening Ceremony

Posted by Chrissie on June 13, 2012 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (5)

East London: A green and pleasant land!

The Olympics is now just 44 days away, it feels like we've been preparing for it for an age. My youngest was just completing his final year of an engineering degree at university and now he's married and working abroad- seven years is a long time!

Yesterday journalists were invited to the Olympic site in East London to have a quick peek  at a scale model the Opening Ceremony. Danny Boyle, film director ( Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting) is the man behind it all. 

The London 2012 opening ceremony will apparently start with an anarchic pastoral vision of Britain’s green and pleasant land, featuring real animals, fake rain, a mosh-pit in tribute to the Glastonbury Festival and a 'posh-pit’ summoning the spirit of the Last Night of the Proms!

Well its all very buccolic and pastoral for Stratord! 

While Im still dreading the ubiquitous 'street dancing' I was hoping for something rather more cutting edge than sheep! Hopefully there will be lots of lights and lasers too! Apparently the company behind the excellent Jubilee animations projected on to Buckingham Palace are involved,  so that can only be a good sign. 


Most startling is the cost, £27 million! The total cost of the two Olympic and Paralympic opening ceremonies and 2 closing ceremonies is reputedly £81 million! Does that seem like a colossal sum to anyone else? It reeks of the shameless feeding frenzy that was the budget for the Dome exhibition back in the year 2000; then companies were realising ludicrously half baked ideas on the taxpayer's cash. 


So going by these pictures and in the light of the mixed quality of the Jubilee celebrations, will Seb Coe and Boris Johnson be personally handing out cream scones and Earl Grey to the crowd? Will they wheel out Cliff Richard wearing a union jack suit singing 'Congratulations' ?

How will this view of London and the UK translate abroad? 

I must confess this tableau of the long lost mythical spirit of agrarian England, represented in these pictures by Galstonbury Tor, the animals and thecricket all seem examples of very typically  British humour,  but how will it play in Singapore, in Ohio and in Durban? The foreign press seemed to think our Jubilee pageant and concert celebrations were shambolically craptastic! Boris was in New York last week doing The David Letterman Show;  Letterman's first question: "How long have you been cutting your hair yourself?" :D This Opening Ceremony has the potential for endless national humiliation! 

That said we Brits are a pretty cynical lot- and I do include myself in that 'we'- we're expecting to be disappointed and embarrassed by this £27 million shindig. After all how can you sum up a diverse nation in an hour? Too much of  'we gave Shakespeare and Association Football to the world' will go down badly abroad,  but then too much street dance and multicultarilsm will have the Daily Mail brigade up in arms.  I can only wish Danny Boyle luck because whatever he and his team have come up with, its going to be compared to Beijing and half the country have already made up their minds to hate it!

The London Green Fair, 9-10 June FREE

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on June 2, 2012 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (1)

The London Green Fair, 9-10 June

The London Green Fair is London's largest free green festival, taking place in Regent's Park this year on the 9th and 10th June.

This year is our 20th anniversary - and to celebrate we have some fantastic new additions to our regular line up. These include;


  • Cutting edge contemporary music and DJs on two festival stages
  • A range of children's activities, workshops dance classes
  • Hundreds of boutique market stalls
  • Electric BikeFest – celebrating all things bike related
  • Organic bars and global cuisine
  • Animal and poultry petting area for children, including animal-inspired arts and crafts


Fungi and Photography Walk in Abbey Wood

Posted by johnembrace on May 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (2)

Date: Saturday 3rd November 2012

Time: 11:30am to 3:30pm 

NOTE: The walk is limited to 10 participants maximum.



This photography walk / fungi foray will be set in the beautiful Lenses Abbey Wood nature reserve. The walk will involve how to get the best out of your digital camera while also learning more about the amazing fungi present and this wonderful nature reserve in Bexley, South London.


A knowledgeable fungi guide will tell you more about the different types of fungi / mushrooms / toadstools present in the woods and give you tips on how to identify different species.


A professional photographer with an expansive knowledge of cameras will assist you to get to understand how to get the best from your camera & will take you through a series of exercises, in a simple effective way. Our photography tutor will give tips on how to take photos of the fungi found on the walk to enable you to record them in all their glory.


No matter what you want to learn about, ask & we will help you to do it!

 All the profits from our walks will be used to develop and run Embrace Cooperation Ltd charitable community projects.

 For more information please email [email protected] or phone Embrace office 0207 274 9450