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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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The Big Dig is here - Saturday 22 March 2014

Posted by Nick on February 4, 2014 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)


The Big Dig is here - Saturday 22 March 2014

Need more volunteers for your site? Having trouble engaging with your local community?


The Big Dig is a volunteer drive designed to get your growing project ready for the season, and help you get local people down to your garden to get their hands dirty, learn something new and hopefully decide to continue to help throughout the growing season. It is also a great way to get some of your old volunteers back on site!


How does the Big Dig help your growing space get volunteers?


The Big Dig is in its third year in London and also now runs across the country. Lots of groups have found it a useful way to start the season and promote their project. We will also be getting press coverage including national coverage in the Guardian magazine and will be using social media to get as many people along as we can . Food Growing projects that register for the day will:

• Be added to Big Dig online map so that new volunteers can find your space by entering their postcode and registering to volunteer.

• Receive postcards and posters to help you promote the day locally.

• Get an info pack on how to run a successful Big Dig day including five packets of seeds


Plus we have 10 x £20 vouchers to give away plus other mystery prizes for the first 20 sign ups and its absolutely free to take part.



To sign up to visit the Capital Growth website

Brockley: Harmony with Nature- Introduction to Permaculture Course

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on December 16, 2013 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)



Date: January 18th and 25th 2014

Time: 11 till 4pm

Location: St Saviour's Edible Garden, Brockley Rise, London SE23 1JN

Cost: £60/£30 including veggie lunch and refreshments ( further concessions may be available on request).


Led by Permaculture Designers: Ruth Robinson and Mich Thill

Email: [email protected]    Tel: 07766596600



Details: uring this two-day Introduction to Permaculture Design we will explore what Permaculture really is and discover its origins and ethical foundations. In a playful and participatory way we will explore Permaculture principles and design which we can apply in our gardens, our jobs and personal life.

Permaculture Design will allow us to work with, rather than against nature to create resilient communities and sustainable ecosystems. We will explore how Permaculture enables us to create low-maintenance edible gardens that benefit the environment as well as the people and community.


Free bulbs available for London Community Groups

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on December 6, 2013 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

High quality bulbs are being offered completely free of charge to community groups  across London.

This offer iscourtesy of Taylors Bulbs  in partnership with the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association.

Last year 90 groups recieved bulbs.  and the offer is open again in 2013.   The bulbs are available  immediately and must be planted before Christmas. 

They will be supplied and delivered free of charge, subject to availablity. 

Fill out this application form and  email it to [email protected]

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.

Lee: Manor House Gardens tree and hedge planting- SAT 30 Nov

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on November 11, 2013 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

On 30th November The Friends of Manor House Gardens will be planting an urban orchard of trees and edible hedge in the wild meadow areas. 

These have been kindly donated by The Woodland Trust's Trees for Communities programme.

So put on your boots, wrap up warm and head out to help them plant their orchard!

Time: 10-3pm  ( you don't need to stay the whole time).

Location: Manor House Gardens, Manor Lane, Lee SE12. MAP

Contact: [email protected]

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.





Catford Bulbs in Bloom- Help 'green up' Catford this Autumn!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on November 5, 2013 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (1)

This autumn Lewisham Gardens will be working with Catford community groups to 'Green Up' their streets and outside spaces.

The project will be happening in the Catford South Ward. 

We have thousands of bulbs for community groups- Daffodils and Narcissi, Tulips, Alliums, Crocus...all you have to do is sign up!



1. Your group, organisation or street should fall within Caford South Ward.

2. The bulbs need to planted in a public space.

3. Send in photos of your bulb planting event- by email or to Facebook..

4. In Spring 2014 - let us know how the flowers are doing! 

And that's it!  


Sign up for Catord Bulbs in Bloom!

The Project Facebook Page

How to plant your FREE bulbs!