GrowingSouthwark's Blog

Camberwell’s secret garden:
March 14, 2010, 6:31 pm
Filed under: camberwell, events, planting, Uncategorized


March 13, 2010, 4:46 pm
Filed under: bees, edible, events, flowers, herbs

Sunday 21st – Roots and Shoots Spring Science Activity day 11-4
Seed balls-promoting ‘pollen paths’ for bees;
invisible food walk @ 2pm
edible flower planting 2-4pm -one pot for you to take home-the other to keep in the greenhouse at Myatts Field ready for the Fair on the Myatts Field fair on the 19th June (Growing Southwark activity)

Come up to north Lambeth and enjoy!
Entrance on Lambeth Walk opposite Imperial War Museum!
More info here:

If you fancy volunteering on the stall then please let us know.

Volunteering activites and workshops over the next few months
March 13, 2010, 1:50 pm
Filed under: events, herbs, myatts field, peckham rye, planting, tomatoes

Dear All

Great to see so many people at the meeting last week – was really good to share info and be inspired by ALL the growing stuff going on locally and thanks to the enormous number of you that bought bread along. Thanks also to Andy from the Brockwell Bake for his interesting talk about wheat, baking and the Brockwell Bake.

I promised to send around a summary list of all the volunteering activities that were Growing Southwark related over the next 6 months and here they are below. If you could help out at any, for however short a period then please do get involved by sending an email to

Tidying up a small area of Peckham Rye Park

Volunteers are needed please to help tidy up a small area of the park on Monday 15th March and Thursday 18th March. Please meet at Cafe on the Rye at 10am. Max 2-3 hours work.

Cossall Estate events:

Raised bed building…………………Thurs 25th March (all day or however much time you can give)

” “………………….Fri 26th March (afternoon)

” “………………….Sat 27th March (11-1)

” ” & planting broad beans……………….Sun 28th March (afternoon)

Harvest Feast………………………….. Sunday in September (date to be confirmed)

Please meet at the TRA hall on the Cossall or as it’s otherwise known, ‘the orange shop’.

Help with Fayres and stalls

Roots and shoots science day………………………..11-5 on March 2 (help needed 2-4)

Peckham Power event, helping with the stall………….April 17th

Goose Green Fayre, helping with a stall………………..May 9th

Big Lunch, hopefully launch sTREEts……………………Sat 18th July

Help at Feast on the Bridge………………………………….Sept 11

Canal Bridge Green Fayre……………………………………Sept sometime

Myatt’s Field events

Help to unload 100 bags of compost. (by greenhouse)……………….Sat 20 March (am)

Public gardening events:

Planting cucumbers, peppers,aubergines…………………Sun 21 March (10-1)

Planting herbs, salad leaves and marigolds………………Sun 11April (10-1)

Planting salad leaves, beans and nasturtiums……………Sun 16th May (10-1)

Growing at home workshops:

Planting tomatoes and chillies………………………………..Sat 27 March (2-4)

Planting herbs………………………………………………………Sat 1 May (2-4)

Planting salad leaves……………………………………………Sat 22 May (2-4)

Cook and eat workshops:

Making vegetable soup and bread………………………….Tues 13 April (4-6)

Let’s make pasta………………………………………………….Tues 11th May (4-6)

Myatt’s Field Fayre, Saturday 19th June – volunteers needed between 11-5 to help out in all sorts of fayre type things and to help run cook and eat, planting and greenhouse tours.

To keep up to date with Growing Southwark please see the following:

Growing Southwark’s Facebook page:
Growing Southwark’s Project Dirt page:
Myatts Field page:

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Herne Hill CAN
February 27, 2010, 9:35 pm
Filed under: campaigning, energy saving tips, events, ruskin park, tomatoes

For all those in Herne Hill

Ruskin Park update
February 27, 2010, 9:25 pm
Filed under: bees, birds, events, meetings, planting, ruskin park

again pasted straight from an email for your info:

Dear Friends

Ruskin Reports – March 2010

After a cold and icy winter, suddenly it’s March with the promise of spring just ahead. February was the busiest month yet for the Friends email with initiatives, proposals, comments and queries. We held our public meeting to update everyone, member or not. Time constraints prohibit notes from that meeting…you should come along to find out what is happening and our newsletter will pick up the main points, as several things moved forward. Please note the Public Meeting heading below.

Local Community Organisations of Note This Month:

· Windrush Square, Brixton reopens this weekend after its redesign. Details from the Brixton Society are attached.

· Friends of Carnegie Library hold their AGM on 18 March in the gallery at 6.30 pm. Their newsletter is attached.

· See is a networking site for environmental projects in our area.

· Growing Southwark is a group of active residents who wish to encourage edible growing across Southwark & beyond. Their newsletter is attached.

· King’s College Hospital has published the first edition of their Stakeholder Update attached. Note the section on planning for a helipad within their grounds.

· Herne Hill Climate Action Network will be working in partnership with Lambeth and the Friends in a new initiative in the park. More details will be in our newsletter and here

· Local campaign about the future use of the bingo hall near Camberwell Green

· The Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) are offering a Bat Survey Training Evening on Wednesday 31st March 2010 at Brockwell Park. Information and booking form attached.

Volunteer Opportunities
Saturday 6 March 2009. Meet at the stable block at 10 am for 2 hours gardening in the park. Equipment and instruction is provided, but bring a pair of gardening gloves if you have them. The stable block is at the Denmark Hill entrance opposite the Fox on the Hill or from the Ferndene Road gate and to the right.

Newsletter delivery

Can you help deliver our spring newsletter to streets adjacent to the park? See Contact Us below.

Funding and Events Experience Help Needed

I will be writing to some of you with relevant experience in the coming week asking for help to form a sub group to assist the Committee. We need to identify funding streams then subsequently apply for funding to repair and renovate the stable block into a cafe and education centre.

Similarly, we are looking for help to celebrate the centenary of the sports field. We plan to combine this year’s annual summer fete with a family day of sports and games including a summer music concert on the bandstand and a big picnic.


There are no events in March, but Easter closely follows.

Salvation Army Gathering Good Friday 2 April – 2-3pm around the bandstand

Easter Egg Hunt Saturday 3 April – Registration 1.30pm at the bandstand

Bring your children to the park to hunt for eggs. Chocolate prizes for different age groups. It’s an Easter Eggstravaganza!

Public Meeting – Important!
Our next public meeting, which is open to all, will be in late April / early May. We will be tabling an agenda item about King’s helipad and inviting people involved from King’s, Lambeth, etc to take questions. Questions must be submitted in advance. Further business will follow afterwards. Please send questions or concerns about the helicopter landings in the park to Contact Us below. The meeting details will be publicised.


The spring issue is due by mid-month and will be delivered to adjacent streets to the park and emailed to members.


Your annual membership renewal will be due soon, as membership runs from 1 April to 31 March. More information will be available shortly.

Contact Us

Do you have any comments, suggestions or ideas? How would you like to be more involved in your park? Would you like to volunteer? Make membership a proactive thing, be involved as well!
Contact us at or 020 7733 5018.

Doug Gillies
Chair, Friends of Ruskin Park

Preserving Our Park for Future Generations

Green Flag award 2009

· Should you not want to receive this mailing in future, please reply to or phone 020 7733 5018

Myatts Field
February 23, 2010, 11:47 am
Filed under: birds, events, fruit trees, myatts field, planting, stag beetle, Uncategorized


We need people to help us plant a range of fruit trees and bushes around Myatt’s Fields Park greenhouse on Saturday March 6th 2010 from 1pm – 4pm.

The fruit will be used to supply the park’s café and for cooking projects involving local people in the park.

We would very much appreciate as much help as possible with this, so please contact Victoria Sherwin on 0207 926 0394 to book your place. Children welcome. Please wear suitable clothing as it will be muddy.


Children will be able to help build a stag beetle hotel in the wildlife area this Saturday February 27th at Myatt’s Fields Park.

They will be given the chance to learn more about these fascinating and endangered creatures during the free session which runs from 2pm – 4pm.

Lambeth Play Association will also be offered free play activities from 1pm – 4pm.


A local resident sent us the following summary of birds you might see in Myatt’s Fields Park at the moment:

First the big ones – black carrion crows stomping around on the grass and often quarrelling with other crows; wood pigeons feeding on the ground and roosting in the trees; ‘London ‘ pigeons (feral rock doves) in flocks after bread; green ring-necked parakeets descended from escaped pets – the noisiest birds in the park – and black- headed gulls, usually flying over the park.

Next the medium size: we are still seeing flocks of 40-50 redwings, small thrushes with spotted breasts and a red stripe under the wing, feeding on worms on the grass. They are passing through on their way to nest in Scandinavia and will disappear as soon as warmer weather comes. They often mix with starlings, also in small flocks. Then we have resident and migrant blackbirds digging in leaves under the bushes, and occasionally a great -spotted woodpecker, who may soon send a message for a mate by drumming on one of the trees.

Finally the smaller birds: the robins are establishing their territories by singing vigorously at the start and end of the day. We have a flock of goldfinches – red and gold- often in the tops of the plane trees; and greenfinches with a wheezy sort of song. Great tits and blue tits are the commonest birds in the park; dunnocks are small brown birds that stay under cover, and the wren, smallest of all, is also staying out of sight most of the time. House sparrows are around some of the bird tables in the area, but are hardly ever in the park.

Sherwin,Victoria []

Growing Southwark’s blog
February 22, 2010, 12:59 am
Filed under: bread, events, meetings, Uncategorized, wheat

So this is it Growing Southwark’s new blog…

I’ve been busy today I’ve set up a Twitter account and a Facebook account all in one day and now this blog. Just so we can spread the news about our next meeting:

All things ‘bread’ related- Andy Forbes from Brockwell Bake will be our guest speaker on Wednesday 3rd March 7.30-at the Herne Tavern, Forest Hill Road in the back barn-this is a Growing Southwark meeting-all welcome-bring some bread to share whether its home baked or white sliced! Let us know you are coming. RSVP if you can.

The idea is to keep all things related to growing edible foods and eating them and anything slightly relevant to south London that might be of interest and then north London and beyond-we don’t mind!…

So we’d love to hear about your growing projects-whether its in your back garden, windowsill or allotment..this is the place to swap local tips..and so lets get Southwark and beyond growing..this is going to be fun!