Lewisham Swift Talk

Tomorrow night (Thursday 22 February) at Lewisham Town Hall there's a free talk by swift expert Edward Mayer about swifts and enhancing urban biodiversity, including what can be done locally to create swift-friendly environments.  The event is courtesy of Forest Hill & Lewisham Borough Swift Group in partnership with Swift Conservation and Lewisham  Council (free tickets here)Personally the ...

Friends of Fordham Park SE14

Its the annual general meeting tonight (Wednesday 10th February) of the Friends of Fordham Park, from 7 pm to 8 pm in the Moonshot Centre in the park. If you want to get involved in caring for this oasis off the New Cross Road, come along.Fordham Park is not one of those London  parks that ...

South London Herbs – Nicholas Culpepper (1653)

The 17th century London herbalist, astrologer and radical republican Nicholas Culpepper was the author of The Complete Herbal (1653). As well as containing lots of information about herbs and their (presumed) medicinal properties, Culpepper also records places where some plants are to be found growing, including various South London locations:Langue de Boeuf -  'It grows ...

Of River Crossings and eco-magic in Oxleas Wood

New roads crossing the river Thames, by bridge or tunnel, are back on the agenda nearly twenty years after the Government's major road building programme of the 1990s fizzled out amidst sustained opposition to its environmental impact. In South East London, the most advanced plan is for the Silvertown tunnel from the Greenwich peninsula to ...

Hilly Fields Teepees

Sad as it was to see some trees come down in Hilly Fields in last October's storm (see photos here), it's good to see branches being put to good use to create these little 'teepee' structures. There's three of them close to the Montague Avenue SE4 end of the park

Like an Old Dead Tree

The damage from October's storm wasn't as bad as some feared, but running round Hilly Fields at parkrun* it was sad to see some fallen landmarks.*Hilly Fields parkrun is a free timed 5k run every Saturday morning at 9 am, with a regular attendance of 80 to 100 people of all levels of ability. On 21 ...

Frendsbury Gardens Green Flag Day

Frendsbury Gardens is  along the railway line next to the Honor Oak Estate, SE4. The Friends of Frendsbury Gardens invite everyone to help celebrate Green Flag day on Saturday 7 September. They say:'Come along and join in the fun and celebrate because Frendsbury Gardens has been awarded a Green Flag! Green Flag awards, handed out ...

From Gardens Where We Feel Secure

Some common or garden (or is that commoner garden?) events coming up locally:Common Growth Community Garden Workshops'First up is the kid's workshop on Wednesday 7th of August called herb spiral fun. It is suitable for children of all ages and runs from 10.30-12.00, and will involve fun learning activities, games and singing.After that there will ...

New Cross Sunflowers

If you've been out and about in New Cross recently, you can't have failed to notice the proliferation of sunflowers planted in June and July. The 1000 Sunflowers for New Cross project is designed to create a bee-friendly environment as well as to brighten up the New Cross Road and surrounding area. It has involved ...

History Corner: New Cross Gate Cutting

A fascinating tour of London Wildlife Trust's New Cross Gate Cutting/Brockley nature reserve last weekend in the company of New Cross Commoners, with volunteer warden Steve Cleall giving us an insight into the site's history and wildlife.The reserve, situated alongside the railway line with its entrance on Vesta Road SE4, is a great slice of ...