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Woodlands Farm Trust: Introduction to Bee Keeping courses

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on February 5, 2014 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)


The Woodlands Farm Trust

331 Shooters Hill, DA16 3RP

T: 020 8319 8900  Email: [email protected]

Training Course: Basic Chainsaw Skills!

Posted by Chrissie on November 20, 2013 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Volunteering at Chelsea Flower Show:

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on May 17, 2013 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (1)

We are working with Groundwork again this year, helping them 'take down and re-use' some of the Show Gardens at RHS Flower Shows.


Plants and landscaping material from the show gardens are gathered to be redistributed to community gardens and landscaping projects across London.


We have ten Lewisham Community Garden volunteers going along to help out on site and there is room for you too! 


Dates for volunteering:

  • Sunday 26 May
  • Monday 27 May (Bank Holiday)
  • Tuesday 28 May
  • Wednesday 29 May


Volunteers will work at least one shift, either between 10:00am-3:00pm and 12:00pm-5:00pm.

There is lots of camaraderie and fun.


To register and secure a place

Complete this Volunteer Richmond form online. Please quote 'Chelsea Flower Show Reuse Scheme' as the volunteer role you are interested in. (Volunteering Richmond are just providing office space for the scheme. )

Spring Garden tours at Perch Hill with Sarah Raven this weekend.

Posted by Chrissie on April 25, 2013 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

This weekend,  if you aren't volunteersing in a garden,  why not visit one?

Sarah Raven  is offering tours around Perch Hill this Saturday- its 90 mins from London.

Well worth your time.  

Can you help RHS Chelsea find it's 'Plant of the Centenary?'

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The Chelsea Flower Show celebrates its Centenary this year and in celebration they wiill crown a 'Plant of the Centenary'. 

They have a shortlist of ten plants with strong connections to Chelsea, and they are currently looking for lively folk to 'champion' them on camera. Members of the public will then vote for their favourite- the winner becomes Plant of the Centenary. If you're interested  please read on! 

 Would you like to come to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on the prestigious press day? .

A top secret shortlist of ten plants, each representing one decade of the past 100 years of the show, has been chosen by a panel of renowned horticulturalists including Bob Sweet, Roy Lancaster and Rachel de Thame. Once the shortlist is announced, members of the public and visitors to the Show (where the plants will be displayed) will be invited to vote for their favourite and choose one to be crowned Plant of the Centenary.   This is where you come in.


We are looking for a keen gardener to act as a champion for each plant, someone who is happy to be filmed talking about why the plant they are representing deserves to win. In exchange we will give you a money-can’t-buy opportunity to come to press day at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to help launch the display and enjoy the delights of the show. To make sure we are representing the last 100 years of gardeners as well as the last 100 years of plants we are looking for champions who were born in the same decade their plant represents e.g. someone who was born between 1943 and 1953 to champion the plant chosen for that decade so we’re after gardeners of all ages from 0-100, (although you must be able to talk about your plant so anyone under the age of four or so probably need not apply)


The shortlist of ten plants is being kept top secret until we open the voting so unfortunately we can’t tell you which plants we are looking for ambassadors for. So if you are interested in coming along to Chelsea and championing a plant, it’s very important that you tell us what sort of plants you generally enjoy growing to help us chose champions who will be genuinely passionate about their plant.


Who we are looking for as champions… 

  • Anyone who is a keen gardener (beginner, middling or expert) and would be able to talk enthusiastically on camera about why they feel their plant deserves to win Plant of the Centenary

  • You will need to be able to come to RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey for half a day on Wednesday 10th of April so we can film you and be happy for us to use the footage to promote the competition (we can cover your travel expenses for this but not accommodation so please bear this in mind if you would have a long way to travel)

  • You will need to be able to come to press day at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London which is Monday 20th May to help open the display. The BBC may also be interested in filming some of our champions as part of their coverage of the Show so if this is something you wouldn’t be happy doing let us know

  • And most importantly we need someone who can keep the shortlist secret until we announce it to the public

How to enter  If you think the above sounds like you then send an email to [email protected] enclosing a photo if you have one and telling her a little bit about yourself, why you love gardening and what sort of plants you like growing. (Don’t be too specific please: shrubs, roses, ornamental trees etc. is fine)

The email MUST include your name, address, date of birth and a phone number on which you can be reached during the day. You will also need to agree to keep any details of the shortlist that we tell you a secret, even if you do not end up being chosen as a champion

The closing date for entries is Sunday 31st March at midnight but we might start approaching people before that so get your entries in soon to stand the best chance of being chosen.

If we think you might be a good champion for one of our plants, I will get in touch with to have a quick chat and to let you know which plant you are being considered for and confirm filming details. If at this point you decide you don’t want to represent the plant we are considering you for and want to take yourself out of consideration you must still keep the names of any plants from the shortlist which you have been told a secret.


Stephanie Shepherd, Senior Press Officer, Art and Gardens

Accredited Permaculture Design Course

Posted by Nick on January 14, 2013 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Accredited Permaculture Design Course

Course Starts: Saturday 2nd February- Ends: Sunday 28th April  Location: Camden

Address: Maiden Lane Permaculture Project

156 St Paul’s Crescent London NW1 9XZ (map)


  •  72 Hours Accredited Full Permaculture Design Course over 7 week ends.
  • The course is accredited by the Permaculture Association of Britain and allows access to the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design.
  • The course covers the philosophy and practical application of the permaculture ethics and principles,it covres subjects like forest gardening, community building, polycultures,

 Image courtesy of Digitalart /

Skills training opportunity in Spain: The EU Skills For Green Jobs Project

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on November 7, 2012 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Slightly out of the borough (!) but expenses are ccovered. 

The Skills For Green Jobs Project


The Skills for Green Jobs project is an EU funded scheme, placing unemployed young people (graduates and non-graduates) in environmental businesses and organisations in Andalucia, Spain.

Applications are now being accepted for 10 places, starting in January that include an environmental education centre, a solar plumbing company, an environmental community network, and a consumer rights NGO.

Accomodation, bills, flights, transfers, insurance and language lessons will be all paid for.

This programme will provide the opportunity to experience practical environmental change, while developing your language skills and enhancing your CV. The current round of placements is from January 13th until April 13th, so you must be available then.

To apply, please download an application form from Red Ochre's website (link below), and return it with your CV to Martin Cooper - [email protected] by 1pm on the 16th November 2012.

For more information and to apply.

Download the Skills for Green Jobs Project application form


The Third Great Clapham Common Compost Giveaway @southlondonMGs

Posted by Nick on October 31, 2012 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Click to see pix from an earlier compost giveway, April 2012


If you wish to drive to collect:

Enter the common at the Mt Pond entrance on Windmill Drive SW4 9DE

Proceed at 5mph.Hazards lights on and the public and dogs have the right of way

Do not drive or park on the grass, park on the hardstanding next to the Bandstand beds

Exit through same gate please

Victor Chin-Kit

The Parks Manager- Clapham Common,

Lambeth Parks and Green Spaces, 234-244 Stockwell Rd,

4th Floor Blue Star House, London SW9 9SP

[email protected]

T: 07958 166 983

The Honey Club: Urban Beekeepers wanted 13

Posted by Nick on August 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Beekeepers wanted!

It’s nearly the end of the beekeeping year and we would like to finish our year with our biggest event to date! Our Honey Tasting event!

On Thursday 13th September from 5.30pm to 8pm we’re inviting a range of urban beekeepers along with our members and Global Generation to celebrate with us the success of urban beekeeping and the Honey Club.

We still have a few spots left for some enthusiastic and passionate beekeepers to participate in the event – to share their honey (and sell it of course), their stories and ideas with people who love bees (and everything related) as much as they do. We’ll provide you with a stand and help curate your wares beautifully. 

So if you’re a beekeeeper (amateurs and pros both welcome) or know of any who’d be interested in our event, please get in touch at [email protected] or via Twitter (@HoneyClubKingsX).  

Go on, you know you want to.



The Honey Club is a social enterprise that aims to create the biggest bee-friendly network in the world, starting with our local community in Kings Cross, London.


App for Olympic Park?s 2012 Gardens Launched

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on August 23, 2012 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)


Take a free guided tour around its 2012 Gardens, thanks to the launch of a new app.

GPS-enabled, the app guides visitors through the gardens’ four climatic zones: Europe, North America, the southern hemisphere and Asia, which represent a timeline of Britain’s plant-hunting heritage.


There is information on the plant communities of each zone – the European Garden, for example, is inspired by hay meadows – a photo gallery and interviews with the gardens’ designers: James Hitchmough, Nigel Dunnett and Sarah Price.

The app was commissioned by the Olympic Delivery Authority and the potential to develop it into a park-wide educational tool for use after the Games is currently being discussed.

It can be downloaded from the Apple Store  and the Android Store 


If you want to find out more about all the gardens at the Olympic Park click here.