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Forest Hill: New chicken project looking for volunteers.

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on January 24, 2014 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)


Venue: Miriam Lodge, 185 Dartmouth Road SE26 4RN (Next to Forest Hill Police Station.)


Word has been spreading about the St Mungo's chicken & veg growing project and we've been invited to replicate it at Miriam Lodge Hotel in Forest Hill.


The residents have absolutely engaged with the chickens and have now been caring for them to the highest standards for seven months. everyone, especially the residents themselves are proud and delighted.


Miriam Lodge in Forest Hill wants to do the same, so they are inviting Forest Hill locals to come along and help with growing veg and with the chicken keeping. In fact if you've been absently considering having a few hens at home, this new project could be perfect way to get a little experience. The birds should be on site within the next few weeks.


More info: It's a 125 bed hostel- twice the number of residents as St Mungos, but it is a 'dry' hostel with zero tolerance for onsite drinking, so the residents are much further along in their recovery- basically a lot less lively than St Mungos!


If you're interested you can email us as usual or Miriam Lodge directly: [email protected]


Come on Forest Hill!

New Cross: The Tomato Festival!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on August 8, 2013 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

New Cross: The Little Harvest Market at Cafe Crema

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on August 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Café Crema and The Secret Orchard presents The Secret Orchard Market

As part of Urban Food Week we will be holding a small market in the garden at Café Crema celebrating all things made, grown or created in South East London. Come and support this new venture and help support local growers and makers.

When: Saturday, 21September from 12 til 4

Where: Café Crema garden, 306 New Cross Road, SE14 6AF. Side entrance on Laurie Grove or come through the café

Why: Because it’s feels good to buy things that haven’t travelled half way round the world and that aren’t drowning in packaging.

Children welcome.

Details: Come and feed the ducks too, maybe even collect some eggs. As well as thestalls, Café Crema will be open for the day serving Fair Trade teas and coffee, home made cake and vegetarian main dishes. Fully licensed.

What’s on offer? A small 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.

We have one stall left….any makers or growers out there?

If so please email Kiri [email protected]. (must be S.E London based or grown)


Locally produced Veg Boxes delivered by bike!

Posted by Nick on July 24, 2013 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)



All veg boxes are seasonal,produced by local farmers and certified organic by the Soil Association.

The Cycling Veg Boxes are up and ready to go.


You can benefit from our "Friend" offer which will allow you to test and enjoy fresh and organic vegetables for as low as £ 8 a week.

Twitter: @TheCyclingVeg  Email: [email protected]  Web:

RHS- Edible Britain 2013 - RHS Edible Britain Seed Giveaway - FREE packs for your stories

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on April 29, 2013 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

RHS Edible Britain Seed Giveaway - FREE packs for your stories

The RHS Edible Britain project has 10 free packs to give away to the Project Dirt environmental community.

This year The RHS are helping community gardening groups to create 2,000 edible gardens around the country .

The social impacts of participating in Britain in Bloom are as significant as the environmental and visual benefits. An RHS survey found that 90% of groups claim the biggest benefit of participating in the campaign is community development and more than 50% of groups have seen a clear decline in crime and anti-social behaviour.


For all the lovely projects which might be interested in food growing, do check out the RHS Edible Britain’s Seed Giveaway!

The RHS Edible Britain sponsors ten wonderful packs of herb and veg seed – in return for your food-growing stories.

All you need to do is to write a nice journal about your proposed food growing site (don’t forget the pictures) and post its link in the RHS Edible Britain’s newsfeed

Before you go have a quick read through the instructions. 

And then, go go go!

Deadline is NEXT WEDNESDAY (8 MAY)!

Lee Manor community garden AGM & work sesion Sunday 5th May at 10:30am

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on April 27, 2013 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

You are invited to attend the garden AGM on Sunday 5 May, at 10:30am (followed by gardening at around 11am). 


Please think about whether you’d like to join the committee (it’s very informal and rewarding) for a year as we need some new members.

After two years in their roles the chair (Karen) and secretary (Charlie) are stepping down.

So we need two new people to step up just for one year so please consider whether you are able to take on a role - the garden group really needs YOU!


Please let us know your interest in joining the committee by email: [email protected] or by contacting any member of the committee if you’d like to have a chat about it. The current members are Karen, Charlie, Ralph, Dan, Clare and Andrea.


We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the garden on 5th May.


Thank you and best wishes.


Lee Manor community garden committee


The Lee Manor Community Garden is located at the rear of 94 Burnt Ash Road SE12 8PY and the garden gate is on Micheldever Road. MAP

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: Open session at StMungos- this SUN 11am -1pm.

Posted by Nick on April 3, 2013 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

 You are welcome to join us in the St Mungo's Kitchen Garden.

We are planting some more vegetables in the main garden and tackling more of the urban meadow / praire garden in the central courtyard.

Sorry no under18s on  site please. Map.

Lee Manor Community Garden - session this Sunday

Posted by Jenny on March 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Community Gardeners


You are invited to  Lee Manor community garden for its next gardening session on Sunday 24 March  10.30 til noon.

Weather permitting:

we’ll start the growing season by sowing vegetable seeds.

we'll plant potato tubers into the raised beds

We'll sowing seeds into pots/trays to take home to look after on a window sill,  and more.


We look forward to seeing you for gardening or a visit on Sunday!


Best wishes.


The Lee Manor Community Garden is located at the rear of 94 Burnt Ash Road SE12 8PY and the garden gate is on Micheldever Road.

Kitchen Garden Vegetable Planner for Download.

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on February 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Ive spent the past couple of nights putting together a planting and volunteering schedule for the St Mungos Centre Kitchen Garden.

We're planning to get started soon in the vegetable garden and we've got a lot to do.


Ive based my plan on the official RHS Vegetable planner; but Ive increased the vegetable and herb selection.


You're welcome to have a copy and amend it for your own use.


Here is the new vegetable planner