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Hither Green: Finance Grads shine on Station Embankment

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on September 27, 2013 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Network Rails 2013 Finanace Graduate intake spent a day working on the Hither Green Station embankment- a project mastermineded by the Hither Green Community Association. 

The group are not  railway seasoned yet,  and for many it was their first time working near a railway line. Supervised by Josie the HGCA Chair and 4 year railway veteran and Mike, the national superviser for community groups working on Network Rail land.

The Grads had the same thorough Health and Safety induction given to all community volunteeers and then got to work lopping over hanging trees, cutting back bramble, clearing old paths and making new ones.  


They also continued the habitat creation work started by the HGCA- piling dead and dying plant material for insects and small mamals- useful for hiberation and food store.  

Huge thank you to Mike and the Grads! Mike- see you soon- GRads- best of luck with the careers! 

Great news about Mountsfield Park!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on September 19, 2013 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The Friends of Mountsfield Park Group was constituted at their AGM last week. The group and Rory McNally the Chair can be contacted by email: [email protected] or through their Mountsfield Park Blog.


The Cafe of Good Hope, the popular cafe and meeting place set up by the Jimmy Mizen Foundation has been awarded the contract for the soon to be built cafe in nearby Mountsfield Park.


Local residents have campaigned for a decent cafe for Mountsfield for some time and had to push the council into seriously considering the business case for permanent cafe.

Hither Green: St Swithun's Harvest Market

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on September 19, 2013 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Hither Green Lane: Planter Weekend

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on April 22, 2013 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)


We have just had a brilliant community planting day in Hither Green, bathed in glorious sunshine. This weekend has been funded by Boris’s Capital CleanUp Campaign- it has been weeks in the planning and took two days to complete.


The finished planters look fantastic! Large sturdy and crafted from Siberian Larch, they will last for many years.

Thank you to everyone who came along today to help out; to our new volunteers- the kids and their grown ups, as well as to our community garden stalwarts.


Just about everyone was from within 5 mins of HGL- we had two from Lee and one from Hungary! Most people had never met before; volunteers seemed happy to have a genuine reason to speak to new people!

Special Thank Yous:


To all of our volunteers- new people and old hands!

To the Mayor of London and his Capital Clean Up Team

To Rachel Kirk and Groundwork London.

To Friederike Hannisch of

Most of all thanks to the HGCA Team – they are local residents like you who dedicated the time and energy to bring about this weekend’s planter triumph!

Hither Green: New Weekly gardening classes at St Mungo's

Posted by Chrissie on April 12, 2013 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The Therapy Team at St Mungo's are delighted with the work local volunteers have been carrying out at Mungos. 

  • the urban meadow in the courtyard,
  • the greenhouse repair and the building of the shelving units
  • the setting up of the kitchen garden.


The residents are so keen that the Centre will now be employing a professional gardener to deliver weekly classes for residents and local volunteers. 

These will take place on Wednesday mornings at 10am. Robert Henley, the new gardener is inviting locals to the centre to see our progress So  if you have the time, do pop along. 


If like us you cant do week days, then the Lewisham Gardens sessions will continue on alternate Sundays from 11am-1pm.

The next session is SUN 21 April- when we will be helping with the Hither Green Lane community planting!  

Hither Green: The St Mungos Greenhouse: The Final Stage!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on April 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Today’s session in the kitchen garden was the first where St Mungo’s residents and local volunteers weren’t dressed as polar bears! Having previously battled snow and frozen ground, it was a relief to get through our substantial task list in warm sunshine. 

Last month focused on seed sowing and repairing the greenhouse. this time residents and volunteers planted chitted potatoes into containers, sowed peas, broad and French beans, ready to go straight into the greenhouse.

Meanwhile two volunteers turned the contents of a skip (a discarded wardrobe and pallets into ‘staging’ for the two dozen or so trays of seeds. We shaped odds and ends into safe, level and functional worktop spaces. Cross-braced with struts and as level as you like!

Huge thanks to residents, HG locals, especially to tireless newcomer Gabor! And thanks to Sally and staff for providing refreshments!

Next open session: Sunday 21 April, 11am -1pm. Sorry, no under 18s on site.

Contact: [email protected]