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Capital Clean-up funding - Application Deadline March 24th!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 17, 2014 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Capital Clean-up funding for improving your neighbourhood. Application Deadline March 24th!


This is just a quick reminder that Capital Clean-up grants of up to £1500 and FREE clean-up kits are still available to constituted groups and informal groupings of friends and neighbours.

The funds can pay for planting, building raised beds, painting, graffiti removal, murals, generally making improvements to an otherwise neglected space.


Key info:

*Grants of up to £1500 and FREE starter kits are on offer to community groups and local businesses who want to join Capital Clean-up this summer.

*Constituted groups can apply for both grants and kits, groups that are not constituted can apply for kits only.

*Clean-up activity has to take place between May - August 2014!

Deadline for applications: March 24 2014!

- Grants of up to £1500 for groups that might what to transform an area through,


*Clean-up Kits to support groups that want to tackle littering issues in a particular space, which includes enough kit for 10 people (including litter pickers, high-vis vests, gloves, hoops and refuse bags) and £50 homebase vouchers for some planting or painting.


For more information and to find the application documents go to

Funding available for community clean ups - deadline 24 March 2014.

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on February 6, 2014 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The next round of Capital Clean-Up funding is open, groups can apply for money or equipment. We applied this time last year for Hither Green Lane (SE13) and bought lovely street planters- more permanent than pressure washing graffiti.

Councils simply dont have the money- and so residents need to get together and find their own solutions. This grant is designed to support those efforts.


So if you walk past a manky corner on the way to the station in the morning- gather some friends and do something about it! Maybe we can even get some volunteers down to help too.

Application form and guidance notes here


We have to be more persistent than the tag artists and chicken bone droppers, the plant thieves and the scrotes who don't pick up after their dogs. [/soapbox]

Gardeners threaten to defy hosepipe ban

Posted by Nick on April 4, 2012 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (2)

Its official now- no more hosepipes! Dont you dare flout the law! 


By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent - The Telegraph

Gardeners have threatened to flout the hosepipe ban after water companies admitted they were not employing any inspectors to “snoop” and do not expect to fine people.

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Officially, more than 20 million households are covered by the hosepipe bans brought in by water companies in the South and East last night.

The bans are the strictest ever imposed and outlaw filling ponds and fountains as well as washing cars or watering the lawn. Also parks, allotments and recreation grounds are included for the first time.

Richard Benyon, the environment minister, admitted that the Government was not expecting people to be prosecuted. He said the ban was more about generating publicity over the need to save water after two dry winters in a row and lower river levels than 1976.

“It is more about informing people about the consequences of their behaviour,” he said. “There will be sanctions but we hope people will be sensible.”

Read more here.

All-in-One Garden Seat, Planter, and Obelisk

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 21, 2012 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (3)

What do you think? Lewisham Gardens has been sent details of this  garden seat and planter- its rather splendid isnt it?! 

Id be intersted if the curved seat was large enough to fit around  a tree. 

Here's the PR gumph:

For a small courtyard garden, patio, rooftop, terrace, or balcony, Moore Designs’s galvanized half-round seating set functions as three things at once.

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VIDEO: School Community Garden- South Bronx, New Yok

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 5, 2012 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

 The Green Bronx Machine- TED Talk.

 TED: Technology, Entertainment, Design, its a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

 The Green Bronx Machine is a school based community garden project in New York . It has transformed the lives of students, the local community and turned into a sustainable business!


Stephen Ritz is a teacher and the project co-ordinator- he's vibrant and enthusiatic and talks very quickly!

 He's clearly in love with his students and their achievements. This is an amazing video- absolutely worth the watch if you are intersted in community gardening.