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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.

Hither Green street planters

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 17, 2014 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Helped out the Chair of the Hither Green Community Association on Sunday morning.

Good news: The hundreds of daffodils planted by the St Swithun's Scouts last autumn are flowering all around Hither Green. They did a great job.

The planters at Hither Green station are filled with bright and cheery daffodils.

I hope the scouts are justly proud!


Bad news: The Hither Green Lane plant thief is back at work- the final lavender bit the dust last week.

There have been plant thefts and petty vandalism of the station planters in Forest Hill, but is anyone aware of anywhere that has suffered from more sustained plant larceny than Hither Green Lane? From the original planting last April, there are only hebes left.


Undaunted- the Hither Green Community Association keep keeping on!

And we're all thankful for their persistence!

*The next community gardening session- Saturday 22 March meet at platform 1 entrance to the station.

Hither Green: Spread the word! SeedSwap Sunday is coming.

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on January 22, 2014 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Time/ Date: 6pm Sunday 23 February

Venue: The Station Hotel in Hither Green SE13 5NB.

Bring some seeds to swap and it's all FREE- though you'll have to get your own drinks in!


Are you considering growing Italian tomatoes for the first time?

Or do you want to grow your own golden sweetcorn and salad potatoes?

Would you like to grab handfuls of home grown coriander, parsley and basil?


Then come and swap seeds with veggie veterans and first time growers.

Twitter: @GolightlyGarden and @LewishamGarden

New Year, New Chicken Pen!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on January 2, 2014 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

We made the most of the bright, clear weather; we worked with residents at St Mungos Homeless Centre in Hither Geeen to improve their chicken pen this afternoon.

Task: 1.  A deep clean of the new chicken pen which they built last Septempber

         2. Laying a deep mulch on the  out new flooring for the birds. 

Residents raked out the thick waste-  mud, droppings and straw  (this was placed on the large compost heap and it will be ready to use in the gardens by the spring). 

Next,  roughly half a tonne of chipped bark was barrowed into the pen.

Very hard work but very worthwhile- it means the seven chickens wont be wandering around on on very wet mud in the cold this winter.

The birds will also be insulated from any ground frosts.

In addition, the 4 inches of bark will enhance the birds' environment, encouraging invertebrates and bugs which will be gobbled up when the chickens scratch about. 

Deptford: The Assembly Wildlife Garden

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on November 18, 2013 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Hither Green Scouts go Green!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on November 16, 2013 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)


Today was such a fun day! 3rd Hither Green beavers, cubs and scouts had a rocking good time planting 300 daffodil bulbs along Hither Green Lane and in the Springbank Road Community Garden.

Together we learned about bulbs and the correct way to plant them. We learned about local wildlife - everyone had seen local foxes and today we discovered where they lived.

We also discovered worms, woodlice and talked about bees, butterflies and birds and why they are so important. There was an *awful lot* of worm naming! :)  We also sowed wildflower seed right next to Hither Green station entrance to make it pretty next year. Next we had a big lunch- with creamy hot chocolate, planted another 100 bulbs and followed that with a HUGE game of hide and seek.


Everyone took home a packet of wildflower seeds to sow at home.

  • Thank you to the beavers, cubs and scouts for their hard work in making their town look beautiful.
  • Thank you to Glenn and Elizabeth- Pack Leaders.
  • Thank you to Cordells deli on the corner of Duncrevie Road. Saints!

 Note for next time- 8 year olds don't appreciate sun dried tomato.

Manor Park-Bridge over the R. Quaggy- Come and have some fun!

Posted by Chrissie on November 14, 2013 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)


Message from the MAnor Park Users Group: Calling all volunteers - come have some fun, and leave a lasting legacy in Manor Park!

MPUG has succesfully funded and commissioned improvements to the new bridge, in Manor Park, to restore easy access to this popular section of the river Quaggy.


Now we need your help to finish the job! We don't need your money, we just want your enthusiasm!

TUESDAY 19th November, 10:00am

Meet on the Bridge over the Quaggy, in Manor Park

THAMES 21 are generously giving their expertise - You are providing the muscle!

We will be regrading the area from the bridge to the river and building steps in order to enable safe easy access to the rivers edge.

No previous experience necessary!


We look forward to seeing you there. No need to book, but if you are planning to come it would be helpful for us to know, so we have a rough idea of numbers.

See you at the waters edge!


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Hither Green Crab apple planting: Rain Doesnt Stop Play!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on November 9, 2013 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

They make 'em hardy in South London! Despite a forecast of solid rain all day, intrepid locals came out to plant saplings on in the rain! 

These were wild harvest saplings from The Woodland Trust. We have been working hard to encourage biodiversity on our train station embankment, these new bushes will be carefully managed providing habitats and food for wildlife and a foraging legacy for the area.

With so many people, the planting took just 90 minutes; soaked through and filthy we decamped to a local cafe for tea and sausage sandwiches.

A huge thank you to all the local residents who braved the rain to improve their community.

Thank you also to The Woodland Trust. Do follow the link if you would like your school or community group to plant bushes or trees.





Harvest time: St Swithuns Kitchen Garden

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on October 6, 2013 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

You'll find St Swithun's Church on the crest of Hither Green Lane and it is the hub of the small community. Behind the Church is a large plot over which there is always a background threat of development by the Diocese.


Rev Jane and the Jenni the gardener have set out to transform what was a scrubby lawn with a hole in the middle into a productive kitchen garden with 2 bee hives.

Almost accidently the kitchen garden is run along permaculture principles- compost making and feeding the soil early in the season is top priority. Weeding is not so important!


Audrey, a volunteer from the congregation has been instrumental in the garden having it's most productive ever year. Plus back in the spring a team of Community Paybackers (the new name for Community Service) were on site to handle the heavy work. Link to more photos