GrowingSouthwark's Blog

Tidying up the Growing Cossall bed
February 5, 2012, 11:23 pm
Filed under: broad beans, cossall estate

So last week we spent a cold but sunny afternoon clearing parts of the raised bed ready for planting-I managed to pop some broad bean ‘beans’ in the ground before the snow fell-it was February after all!¬)

So we are looking to do a further session on Sunday 19th February at 2pm-do keep this date free in your diary and pop down to help out and lets plan our planting for the next year !¬)

Some inspiration from up norf!
December 31, 2011, 4:13 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Carrots in the car park. Radishes on the roundabout. The deliciously eccentric story of the town growing ALL its own veg……….

Incredible Todmorden

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Happy New Year to you all from the Growing Southwark team-watch this space for more info for 2012 and an overview of what we have been up to in 2011.

‘Help build a recycled plastic bottle greenhouse in a day’
January 15, 2011, 5:20 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

plastic bottle greenhouse

Come and join us at the John Donne School
Saturday February 12th 2011

Bring along a clean, empty and label free 2 litre plastic bottle to help grow seedlings for the Growing Cossall raised bed and school community gardening project

Soup and sandwiches at 1pm
Supported by Growing Southwark via the Well London project.

Big Lunch this Sunday
July 17, 2010, 12:23 am
Filed under: cossall estate


this Sunday 18th July 2-6pm

‘sunny intervals!’ 

Bring a dish to share containing, if you can, an edible delight from the new ‘Growing Cossall-Cossall Estate Community Growing Project’ raised bed, herb bed or Kirkwood Road nature garden. 

Activities on the day:

– help make vegetable kebabs with halloumi cheese for the BBQ;

– make your own cheap, delicious salad to share;

– bring a clean, empty glass jar or small plastic bottle to make your own ‘herby’ salad dressing to share and take home;

– Make ‘wild’ African black eyed bean balls with Ceri from ‘Invisible Food’;

-make your own smoothie with the Smoothie bike;

– put your recipe on the recipe washing line; 

– help design new signs for the edible garden;

– fill in the gaps in the raised bed with additional planting and sow a pot of salad leaves, chard or herbs to take home.

If any adult would like to do a stint supervising the smoothie bike or on the BBQ then please let us know…if not just join in with all the events above!

Please remember all children are to be accompanied by a supervising adult.

Contact Lesley or Sarah at 

Or see for more ideas-lets make the Cossall Estate BigLunch fun for all!

Facilitated by Growing Southwark via Growing Cossall your Cossall Estate Community Growing project-supported by Well London and Southwark Council.

Re-using Chelsea-so where is all this free stuff ending up?
May 31, 2010, 8:01 pm
Filed under: chelsea, reuse

Growing Southwark/LCRN the facilitators of the ‘Re-use Chelsea’ project would like to keep a log and photos of where all the items from the ‘Re-use Scheme’ at Chelsea are ending up….The RHS Chelsea Flower Show was amazing this year and there are lots of wonderful materials available for distribution to non-funded growing groups across London:

So let’s start here from Ruskin Park Community Garden:

hi gardeners,
thanks so much to everyone who came yesterday! we planted up most of the vegetables from the eden project, finished digging the rest of the beds, and started sieving them. the garden is looking great and abundant – we have spinach, rocket, chard, tomatoes, beans, pumpkin, crown prince squash, broccoli, cabbage, cavolo nero, broad beans, corn, beetroot, carrots, lettuce, basil, coriander, rosemary, thyme, and oregano. and i’m probably forgetting something.
we have organised a watering rota – thanks to all who have signed up.
we’ll have a dig day wednesday 3-5pm so we can sieve enough of the beds to plant up the rest of the seedlings. i have a big box of seeds so we can then start growing from seed, and we have some jerusalem artichokes to plant. there’s a fair amount of interest in potatoes so i’ll get some as well.
all the best,
p.s. photos on

seed and plant swap in Peckham
May 24, 2010, 2:57 pm
Filed under: planting, swap, Uncategorized
Following last year’s roaring success we will be hosting another
Seed & Plant SWAP on Sunday 30th May
Got too many courgettes and not enough tomato seedlings?
Run out of space to plant any more beans?
Bought way too many seeds?
Then come along to the bookshop garden anytime after 11am and exchange your excess. Strictly a SWAP event no cash to change hands please!
131 bellenden road, SE15
ps – thanks to green-fingered Rix for the reminder!

Growing Southwark reaches London-wide. Well sort of!!
May 24, 2010, 2:15 pm
Filed under: green corners, Uncategorized

Growing Southwark nominated Foyles window for a green Corners award ( ….and so we kinda have our first newspaper coverage: