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Growing Southwark Gathering
April 28, 2010, 9:36 pm
Filed under: edible, meetings, Uncategorized, volunteering, wild

Our next gathering is Wednesday 12th May at 7.30

Upstairs room at Le Petit Parisien,
16 Grove Lane
Camberwell, London SE5 8SY


Feel free to buy a drink at the bar and bring it upstairs, but it is not compulsory. Water will be provided and as we have Ceri from Invisible Food with us we will be having various tastings!

**Ceri Buck from Invisible Food-will be our guest speaker speaking about wild foods available in May and what we can do with them;

**Tool, seed/plant and pot swap-any spare seeds to swap, have you extra tomato plants you don’t need and would like to pass on or tools that you no longer need or are a bit rusty (we can get them regenerated and pass them on) or do you have a pile of pots you are not using?! Then bring them along to swap.


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

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!