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Free Wildflower kits for groups- Kew Botanical Gardens

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on February 25, 2014 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Free Wildflower kits for groups from Kew Botanical Gardens

Why not turn your school, church or local tree pits into wildflower havens? Kew Botanical Gardens are offering FREE wildflower kits to communities through their outreach programme 'Grow Wild'.

Apply now!  The deadline is 31 March.

Free Sunflowers for National Gardening Week, 14-20 April.

Posted by Jenny on January 8, 2014 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The forecast is sunny for National Gardening Week as half a million sunflower seeds will be sown by gardening groups across Britain.


The ‘Growing for Gold’ theme celebrates 50 years of the community gardening campaign Britain in Bloom, which is run by the RHS.


The sunflower seeds are set to be sown during National Gardening Week, which runs from April 14 to 21. Pollinator-friendly varieties to be grown include the Giant Single, the Moonwalker, Taiyo and Vanilla Ice, all provided for free by the RHS.

Register with the RHS Community Horticulture team by emailing [email protected] or phone 020 7821 306.

Apply for your free sunflower seeds:  https//

Free Trees for Communities- Deadline 9 January 2014

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on December 17, 2013 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Only 3 weeks left to apply for free trees!

Apply now for a free pack of trees for your community, youth group or school

The Woodland Trust is once again offering communities, youth groups and schools the chance to apply for packs of free trees for delivery in March 2014.

Tree packs come in three sizes – 30 saplings, 105 saplings and 420 saplings in various themes (wildlife, harvest, year-round colour, + more ).


You can find out more about them and apply online at

I’d advise groups to apply sooner rather than later as the offer is usually oversubscribed and may have to close early.

The community tree packs leaflet

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]

Groundwork Re-Use Scheme- Recycling Chelsea Flower Show plants!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on May 29, 2013 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Between broken down trucks and foul weather this delivery of plants from Chelsea has been the most stressful ever!

* Ensuring volunteers from Lewisham are equipped and supported to go up and volunteer to help 'take down' the splendid show gardens at the Chelsea Hospital site.

* Ensuring there are enough people at the Lewisham end to meet trucks and unload them.

And THEN the hard work starts!

Cataloguing plants, sending out plant lists and photos to 80+ community centres, schools, libraries, community gardens , places of worship, sheltered housing units...

Assigning each group with a pick up time to come and pick up the plants they requested!


Its a mad week!

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).

The Big Sunflower Project Is your group interested in growing FREE sunflowers?

Posted by Jenny on May 16, 2013 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Schools, churches, youth groups and community groups are being asked to grow sunflowers!

This is a project by to raise awareness of centronuclear and myotubular myopathy.

To obtain your sunflower seeds, please email [email protected] with your name and address with the subject line 'The Big Sunflower Project'.

Get planting

Sunflower seeds can be planted anytime from March - June. They like to be kept moist and enjoy lots of sun. We hope everyone will have fun growing their sunflowers and look forward to seeing and sharing the varied and colourful results of everyone's work later in the year.

The project organisers are encouraging everyone who takes part to post their progress and photos to their Facebook and Flickr pages." target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Visit The Big Sunflower Project on Facebook

The Big Sunflower Project 2013 on Flickr

Photo by Colin Krumblez of

The Woodland Trust is offering packs of trees for community groups.

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on April 16, 2013 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The Woodland Trust is offering community groups, youth groups and schools the chance to apply for packs of free trees.


Whether groups are interested in helping wildlife, creating a community garden or allotment, or just want to enhance their local area – any community groups are very welcome to apply for free trees.


The Trust has 4,000 to give away and the tree packs come in three sizes – 30 saplings, 105 saplings and 420 saplings in various themes (wildlife, wild harvest, year-round colour, future firewood and wetland).


Find out more at

Applications are open until September, but groups are advised to apply sooner rather than later as the offer looks likely to be oversubscribed.

Forest Hill: British wildlife Talks at the Horniman Museum

Posted by Chrissie on January 12, 2013 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Photo by Gill Deadman

British Wildlife Talks


Inspired by the British Wildlife Photography Award exhibition, invited wildlife experts provide insight into the behaviour, habits and conservation status of our native species.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013: Birds 6.30 – 8pm

David Darrell-Lambert, chair of the Ornithological Section of the London Natural History Society and founder of Bird Brain UK, kicks off the series with an introduction to bird survey techniques and migration studies in an interactive talk that provides insight into the range of birdlife sharing our city and countryside.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013: Pine Marten 6.30 – 8pm

Few of us will be lucky enough to ever see this elusive nocturnal carnivore, the pine marten. Lizzie Crosse of the Vincent Wildlife Trust introduces us to the endangered Pine Marten and current research into this fascinating mammal.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013: Bats 6.30 – 8pm

London is home to nine bat species, some of them extremely rare. Alison Fure of the London Bat Group will introduce us to bat ecology and behaviour and lead a short bat walk in the gardens.

Discussion continues at a Forest Hill pub after each talk.

To reserve your place please email [email protected] or call 020 8291 8686.

Places are free, but limited

Talks take place in the Gardens Pavilion

Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, SE23 3PQ

New Apple Variety for London - naming competition!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on October 3, 2012 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)

A new Apple for London- Your chance to name a new apple variety!

The London Orchard Project are launching a new variety of apple (pictured above) that has been developed specifically for London and we are offering YOU the opportunity to go down in history, by naming it. The lucky winner will also receive one of the first trees of the original batch of 100 that have been developed to plant in your garden (plus fame and glory obviously!)


We’re planting one hundred of the new trees in orchards in public spaces, parks and schools across London throughout the month of December 2012 and if you would like a new apple variety in your community orchard or area, let us know.

We have worked with the lovely nursery, ‘Trees for Life’ who have supplied many of our fruit trees to create this variety. It was nurtured from a single seed and has taken ten years to develop. The parents of the tree are the Pixie apple, introduced in 1940 and the Laxton Fortune apple, introduced in 1904- both of which are known for their strength and disease resistant qualities. In addition to its robustness, this tree will also produce high numbers of sweet, flavoursome apples. 

The apple will be the first London specific variety to have been developed since 1953, when the Merton Delight was born.

If you can think of a name for the new London variety, Tweet your suggestions to @LondonOrchard then follow us on Twitter, for the announcement of the winning title.

You can also email suggestions to [email protected] – and you can make your mark on Britain’s apple history!