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

Posted by Sue Luxton on January 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM

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.

Categories: Brockley, Community Garden, Events

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