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Lewisham Homes - funding for community-led site improvements

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on February 6, 2014 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Hopefully this Lewisham Homes 'Get Gardening'  application process is less half-assed than it appears to be.

Having read through the application form,  I have my doubts that a gardener had anything to do with planning it. There is no mention of planting fruit trees for a start. Funding for community vegetable growing projects which comes through IN MAY. Sowing wild flower seeds IN MAY How very useful!  

You can of course still direct sow runner beans and courgette, or spend half your funding buying in older plants from the garden centre. But where is the fun or the learning in that? So yeah, a clear ethos of Grow Your Own and sustainability at the heart of this Lewisham Homes scheme.

Anyway... here is the Application Form

If you're aware of a Lewisham Homes site which could do with gussying up- then there is up to £5,000 available for community improvment projects.

Who can apply? You can be a Lewisham Homes resident, a group of residents, or a community group or social enterprise, but your project MUST be for, and benefit, Lewisham Homes residents. Your project can be a one-off piece of work, or last for weeks or even a couple of months.

Key dates

• 3 March: Community Fund launches

• 14 April: Closing date for applications

Successful applicants will be notified in early May.

How to apply If you have a fantastic idea for a community project then book your place now for a one-to-one support or training session on how to apply for funding. Email [email protected].uk or call Joy Burnett on 020 8613 7662.

Report: Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership meeting

Posted by Nick on February 4, 2014 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Lewisham Biodiversity Partners delivered 316 events, engaging 1446 adults & 4964 children in the last quarter

The 3 Rivers Clean Up to celebrate it’s 6th consecutive year engaging and involving residence in the care of our waterways between 21st June and 12th July 2014

Wasp spider pictured in Ladywell & Brockley Cemetery make a colourful addition to the local biodiversity Here

Dawn Chorus Walk Saturday 22nd March @ Horniman Gardens with David Darrell-Lambert

Woodcock seen over Horniman triangle

Join Nature's Gym! The New Activity Calender is out.

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on December 13, 2013 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Nature's Gym  is a fabulous  team of Lewisham residents who volunteer their time at Green projects and nature reserves around the Borough. It is led by a really fun and enthusiastic Conservation Officer. Well worth checking out. 
 It's a fantastic way to make new friends and gret a good work out too!" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Natures Gym Activitiy Calender  January to March 2014.

New Floristry Courses in Lewisham

Posted by Jenny on July 18, 2013 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Do you have a passion for flowers and want to meet people with similar interests? 

Join the award winning flositry Department at the Deptford Campus!

They offer two bespoke courses that will help you develop a wide range of creative craft floristry skills and designs. 

Level 1 & 2 NCFE Award in Creative Craft

Both courses are 1 evening week over 20 weeks. 

**Enrol now before it is too late**

Limited space available. 

Contact: [email protected] and [email protected]

web: phone: 0207 815 1596

Lewisham In Bloom competition 2013- Open for applications!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on May 22, 2013 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)


 Best in Show Winners, 2012: The hanging Gardens of Oscar Street, SE8.  

Click here for how to enter for 2013!

Competition categories 

  • Residential front garden (small - under 20m squared)
  • Residential front garden (large - over 20m squared)
  • Residential planters (window boxes/hanging baskets/tubs etc)
  • Commercial premises (restaurants/ pubs/ hotels /shop fronts etc)
  • School grounds
  • Wildlife garden
  • Community garden.


 Applications to be submitted by Friday 5th July.

Judging will take place in the following 2 weeks (8th July - 19th July).

Reusing builders bags for raised veg beds. Bags available FREE in Lewisham .

Posted by Jenny on January 15, 2013 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (0)

If you're looking to add a bit more to your community garden or need more accessible growing containers for less physically able users then we still have a number of empty builders bags available as seen here -

If you'd like to collect from the Wearside depot please contact  [email protected] directly  to arrange a time / day.

Katy is the fantastic Allotments Officer based at the Wearside Rd Depot in Ladywell, just off Lewisham High Street. 

Autumn Gardening Courses in Lewisham

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on October 3, 2012 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Lewisham in Bloom 2012- Winners & Full Results!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on September 29, 2012 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The hanging Gardens of Oscar Street, SE8, Overall Winners Lewisham in Bloom 2012!

WINNER: Kilmorie, Forest Hill
Pupils are actively involved in their school garden. There are a wealth of learning opportunities - with defined wildlife, flower, bee and butterfly areas. Great enthusiasm from staff AND students.  

SECOND:  Forster Park, Catford
THIRD: Chelwood Nursey, Brockley
MERIT: Downderry


WINNER: Maire Quinn

Maire has a mature forest garden and has planted to encourage local wildlife.  Maire demonstrated extensive knowledge of native species and habitats. 

SECOND: India Smaller

THIRD: Glenda Logan

MERIT: Colin Reed


WINNER: Oscar Street Residents, Deptford
From a start of one house on the street putting out baskets and planters,  now the entire street  is involved in planting.  Every house has planters and hangin baskets. 

SECOND: Sydenham Garden, Sydenham

THIRD: Common Growth, Telegraph Hill

MERIT: Grow Leemore Gate 

WINNER: Julie Norman 
Beautiful planters with extensive mixed planting. Huge local impact. 
SECOND: Nora Stephens  
THIRD: Laura Seekham 
MERIT: Vi McDonald



Mr Lee wins again! Mr Lee has a wonderful garden with a deep knowledge of an experienced plantsman.  His garden has year round interest and colour. He also tends to the gardens of his infirm neighbours.  Wonderful! 

SECOND: Mr and Mrs Board

THIRD: Jaime Mootealoo

MERIT: Tom Harding


WINNER: John Argyle

The sharp suited Mr Argyle won for his fantastic summer display. His baskets and planters were greatly enhanced in this greatest of summers by Olympic flags, bunting and Unions Jacks. 

SECOND: Jessica Omerod

THIRD: Jean Moore


WINNER: The Oscar Street Residents! 

The Frank Mason Cup was presented to the residents  by Carl Hughes of Glendale, Lewisham's Council's largest parks and green services contractor. Mr Hughes is himself is marking 40 years of service with Glendale. 

The Oscar Street Residents who accepted the coverted Frank MAson Cup and the  £150  prize  were: 

Jean Jewell, Maguita Stuber, Gail Barnes Gerry Henderson,  and Sheila  Clarke- ringleader and chief planter!

Mr Board: Potty about pots! 2nd place Large Front Garden category. 

Organisational thanks!

Many thanks to the 2012 Lewisham in Bloom Judges: Colin Melton and Alan Morgan of Beckenham Place Park.

Cllr Susan Wise, Mayoral Cabinet member for Customer Services handed out the prizes and  Martin Hyde was MC. 

Thanks also to the always graceful Katy Delaney who organised and facilitated the event.

Community Garden Grants- 3rd round Open

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on August 7, 2012 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

New has been announced of the opening of the third  funding round for Community Garden Small Grants in Lewisham. 

The upper limit for any award is £600.00. The deadline for applications will be 31st August 2012.  Eligible projects must meet the objective of the scheme to:

1.Encourage the participation of young people in food growing activities. We will require evidence of youth participation (e.g. youth forum)

and at least one of the following objectives:

2. To help develop projects to initiate and run new food growing spaces within LBL

3. To support existing projects that encourage people to grow their own food for community benefit within LBL


Further Information:  [email protected] 

Contact- Stella Agunabor Service Development  Manager

Environment & Community Development

14 Green Flag Winning Parks for Lewisham!

Posted by Chrissie on August 7, 2012 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (1)

Green Flag Awards are the national standard for quality parks and green spaces. And Lewisham Parks won 14 awards this week!

Glendale is Lewisham Council's parks' contractor who must be congratulated, but we must not forget the many 'Friends and Users' Groups who put so much into ensuring we all have great green spaces to enjoy. 

Lewisham Green Flag Winners:


Managed by Glendale Grounds Management in partnership with Lewisham Council and Greenwich Council

The following winners are managed by Glendale  in partnership with Lewisham Council:

Bellingham Green, SE23

Brookmill Park, Deptford SE8

Chinbrook Meadows (Nature Reserve) Grove Park SE12

Cornmill Gardens, Central Lewisham SE13

Deptford Park, SE8

Hilly Fields, Brockley SE4

Horniman Museum Gardens, Forest Hill, SE23

Ladywell Fields, SE4

Manor House Gardens, Lee SE12

Manor Park, Hither Green / Lee SE13

Mayow Park, Sydenham SE26

Sydenham Wells Park SE26

Telegraph Hill Park, SE14

Lewisham Community Award Winners

The Green Flag Community Awards are for green spaces managed by voluntary and community groups.

Albion Millennium Green, Forest Hill, SE23

Devonshire Road Nature Reserve, Forest Hill, SE23

Grove Park Nature Reserve, SE12

Grow Mayow Community Garden, Sydenham SE26

Horniman Nature Trail, Forest Hill, SE23

Sydenham Garden, SE26