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8th June: Open Garden Day on Brockley View - not to be missed!

Posted by Sue Luxton on May 27, 2014 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

My colleague Jon Lissimore is holding his annual garden open day on 8th June. It's a lovely garden, well worth visiting, with sculptures Jon makes himself. There are also always lots of lovely cakes!


 Annual charity open garden

Raising money for Able Child Africa in 2014

8th June 1-5pm

9 Brockley View London SE23 1SN

Coffee,tea, cakes, plants and more!

You can find out more about the garden on Jon's website.


Looking for a garden project in Brockley to get involved with?

Posted by Sue Luxton on January 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Marsha Phoenix Hostel is a hostel in Brockley for young women. Housed in two large Victorian houses knocked together, it is blessed with a substantial back garden. Previously well-tended, it had become rather neglected. For the past two years, a small group of local volunteers have been working to improve the garden and to grow fresh fruit and vegetables as well as plants to attract wildlife.

We are gradually getting on top of the weeds and have had great crops of courgettes, squashes, runner beans and tomatoes, amongst other things. Last Autumn we were able to repair the long derelict greenhouse and plant some fruit bushes in one of our raised beds.

We're looking forward to putting the greenhouse to good use this year, and having been inspired by the Great British Garden Revival series on BBC2 recently, are planning a colourful, exotic look to the garden for 2014!

We would welcome a few extra people to get involved with the project this year, which would enable us to cultivate more areas of the garden. Our first few work sessions of the year are below. If you would like to come along, please drop me a line beforehand so I know how many people to expect. I'll bring along a big pan of soup to the first session, to warm us up.


Sunday 9th February, 11am-2pm (or anytime you can spare in between)

Sunday 9th March, 11am-2pm (or anytime you can spare in between)

Sunday 23rd March 11am-2pm (or anytime you can spare in between)

Sunday 6th April 11am-2pm (or anytime you can spare in between)

Sunday 27th April 11am-2pm (or anytime you can spare in between)

Hope to see you there, along with suggestions of how to develop the garden this year. If you have any spare plants/cuttings you don't need, please bring them along and we can find them a good home. We're particularly after a few shade-tolerant shrubs for the north-facing border. If you have your own tools, please bring them along; if not, don't worry, we have a few. The hostel is at 90-92 Tressillian Road, SE4, but please let me know in advance if you are planning to attend.


You can see a photo diary of our progress in the garden on our blog and flickr.

FREE Walks - Lewisham, Sydenham, Catford

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on January 9, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

FREE Walk: Lower Sydenham to Catford

Tues, 21 January, 2pm

E:  [email protected]  W:

Pass through a landscape that was part of the Kent countryside until little over a century ago. It has changed radically in the move from agrigultural to recreational but there are still species haning on that have a direct lineage to the past countryside.

Please reserve a space via email and provide a contact number.


FREE WALK: Catford to Ladywell

Tues, 28 January, 2pm

E: [email protected] W:

Ladywell Fields has superficially stayed pretty much the same since old times. It has mostly never been built on. It still retains some elements of the historic past but it has been altered almost as much in ways less visible unless one looks beyond the general green look to the detail of that greenery. And that tells a story of constant change.

Please reserve a space via email and provide a contact number.

Hither Green: St Swithun's Harvest Market

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

New Cross: Cafe Crema Harvest Market- Urban Food Fortnight

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on September 19, 2013 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Cafe Crema & The Secret Orchard (open from 12-4pm)

Cafe Crema will be holding a small market in their garden celebrating all things made, grown or created in South East London. Lots of local gardens and groups will be having a stall, so it is a great chance to meet the growers and volunteers working sustainably and get some advice and tips about what to grow now.

Go along and support this new venture and help support local growers and makers. A collection of outdoor stalls selling homemade jams and preserves, locally grown produce, plants, fresh herbs, local honey and hand forged, locally designed metal furniture…special berry cobbler made with secret orchard raspberries.

Cafe Crema garden, side entrance on Laurie Grove or come through the cafe, 306 New Cross Road, SE14 6AS


Posted by Lewisham Gardens on September 19, 2013 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

FRI 20 SEPT 7PM - 9.30 PM

 "Kitchen Disco and their good friends the Fleisch mob are putting on an awesome end of summer party at Grow Mayow community gardens in  Sydenham.

 Mayow community gardens is a fantastic growing space in Sydenham and we will be cooking up a huge feasting style menu of vegetables from the garden, meat from The Butchery SE23 and fish from Moxons of East Dulwich.

Keeping it all local and super fresh we will practically be cooking straight out the ground – something we’ve wanted to do for ages!

Utilizing the fantastic space and facilities we’ll be baking bread in the traditional cob oven and cooking over single breed English charcoal.


Expect great tunes, top cocktails, excellent company and a cracking celebration of this brilliant summer."

Cost: £33.00 Tickets include a £5 donation to Mayow gardens, your meal, a cocktail to start you off and guaranteed fun.

Cash bar on site as well.

Total Seats- 40

More information from Kitchen Disco at The Grub Club

Open Garden Squares Weekend- 8-9 June, 2013

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on May 14, 2013 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Open Garden Squares Weekend is a magical two-day event, where community gardens and private squares throughout London welcome visitors from around the world. Gardens range from historical private squares to contemporary roof gardens, prisons, barges.

One ticket gives access to over 200 gardens on both Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June 2013.

One £10 pass allows entry to all 200 gardens over the entire weekend. Remember to check opening times and that you may have to book for some gardens.  Buy  Tickets

Local garden s particpating in Open Garden Squares. 

Culverley Green- Culverley Road,  SE6 2JZ

Sunday 9 June: 14:00–17:00

The Secret Orchard- Cafe Crema, 306 New Cross Road SE14 6AF

Saturday: 10:00–17:00

Sydenham Garden- 28A Wynell Road, SE23 2LW

Saturday: 10:00–17:00

+Sunday: 11:00–16:00

Lewisham Borough & the Chelsea Fringe Festival - outdoor events Sat 18 May- Sun 9 June

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on May 3, 2013 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)



Groups have been inspired to put on a wide range of  Chelsea FRinge activities this summer.

I'll post about them  as I hear more.  :  

Forest Hill: The Edible High Road.

Date:Big Launch-  Sat 18 May at 2pm   Follow the Trail Map unitl Sunday 9 June.  See Trail Map

Venue: Forest Hill Train Station and through out Forest Hill.

We have 70 fruit trees being hsoted by shops and businesses in Forest Hill and Honor Oak Park- orchard walks and a brilliant Trail Map.

GQT panellist Matthew Wilson is happily cutting our ribbon. More details on our very new Facebook Page

Forest Hill: The Horniman Family Day and Plant Sale

Date:  Sunday 19 May, 12-5pm

Venue: 100 London Road , London , SE23 3PQ,

Join us for a day of planting activities, storytelling, garden craft workshops and lots more, and pick up a wonderful herb or house plant at the Horniman Friends plant sale.

Tree Stories- Guitarist and storyteller Paul Rubinstein

Time: 12.00-12.45pm & 1.00-1.45pm

Gin Garden- Learn how to make tinctures, syrup and natural gin cocktails and enjoy free presentations from the Gin Garden herbalists.

Time: 12.00-4.30pm

Planting Activities- Plant flowers to take home and watch them bloom, or hang your wishes at the Horniman wish tree.

Time: 12.00-4.30pm

Seeds for the Desert- The official opening of a bee friendly installation in the gardens.

Time: All day

Bee workshop - Learn more about bees around the Seeds for the Desert car installation and go for a bug hunt in the Horniman Gardens

Time: 12.00-4.30pm

Art Makers for adults - Vegetable Cult- Contemporary artists Juneau brothers will show you how to use vegetables to construct your own electronic musical instruments. Free, drop in.

Time: 12.30-3.30pm

Art Makers for children - Pop-up Root Veggies- Create your own vegetable characters to take home.

Time: 12.30-1.15pm, 1.30-2.15pm & 2.30-3.15pm – buy tickets from the Information Desk (accompanying adults free)

Concert: London Consort of Winds- Music medley offrom this popular ensemble on the bandstand.

Time: 2.00-4.00pm

Compost Cookery- Learn all you need to know about compost

Time: 3.00-3.30pm & 4.00-4.30pm – buy tickets from the Information Desk

Horniman Friends Plant Sale (Conservatory)- Find the perfect plant for your home or garden.

Time: 12.00-4.00pm

 (Image from Seeds for the Desert art installation at The Horniman )

Forest Hill: Free lawn care course at the Horniman

Time & Date: May 26, 12noon 

Venue: 100 London Road , London , SE23 3PQ,

Learn tips from the Horniman gardeners by attending our free lawn care Q&A session. Discover the best techniques to lay lawn, use fertilisers, keep the weeds out and have the best-looking lawn for summer!

The course will be followed by live music on the bandstand and a guerrilla gardening talk in the Pavilion. Visit for more info

Hither Green & Lee: Pick Your Own Salad Walks

Theresa Webb local nutritionist and vegan chef doing a series of through Hither Green and Lee. With a vegan lunch afterwards.

Saturday 25th May-  Click for Details

Sunday 2nd June  Click for Details

New Cross: 1000 sunflowers for New Cross Project

Grow Wild Team at Telegraph Hill/ New Cross are doing their best to turn New Cross Road into a Yellow Meadow!

Keep an eye on their What’s On page for a variety of fun and inspirational sunflower events coming soon!

Capital Growth Networking Event for community food growers

Posted by Chrissie on January 31, 2013 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

 Capital Growth Network Event


This networking event is open to all community food growers and will include workshops on recruiting and managing volunteers effectively. It will also be an opportunity to meet people running successful food growing projects in London and chat over food and drink. The event will include sessions on how to engage volunteers, understanding community diversity, and managing volunteers effectively.

This event will take place on Thursday 28th February from 6.00pm - 8.30pm at London Lighthouse, 111-117 Lancaster Road, W11 1QT.

Booking for this event is essential. It is free for Capital Growth members, and £10 for others (includes delicious food). For more information or to book a place, please e-mail [email protected]