Sunday, 1 December 2013

Brockley Christmas Market - Saturday 14th December

Some of you will have seen that the garden down at Brockley Common now has a bit more structure to it with the addition of some small paths and edging through the plot. This was done over a couple of sessions recently and was partly enabled thanks to funds gained through helping out with last year's Christmas Market.

The Brockley Cross Action Group are again running the Brockley Christmas Market on Saturday 14th December from 12-6pm at Coulgate Street, outside Brockley Station. Always one of the most enjoyable events in Brockley's social calender so please spread the word! 

Once again we will be helping out with one of the mulled wine stalls and could really do with a few extra hands to man the stall. If you can offer just an hour of your time it would be greatly appreciated and should still leave plenty of time to enjoy the market as well. If you are able to help could you respond directly to and we will co-ordinate from there.

Thanks in advance and if we don't bump into you at the market have a great Christmas!

Transition Brockley

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Brockley Common Summer Planting Plan

This year's edible garden plan is now complete which hopefully gives a good overview of what is in the ground. As ever we shall let everyone know when plants are ripe and ready to pick. We will be replacing the current plan on the signage board with the one below in due course. 

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Brockley Common looking very colourful!

Photos from the last gardening session at Brockley Common where we carried out weeding, planting and watering. We're pleased to report that all plants are looking healthy and there's a good splash of colour to compliment the BXAG's beds adjacent to the site. Hopefully this year we will not suffer so badly from the slugs and snails who had a field day! 

There's nothing ripe for picking at present so please refrain from doing so. We will let everyone know asap.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Queen to leave her mark on Hilly Fields

Brockley tree planters

Nicola from the Brockley Society has emailed to let us know about a forthcoming addition to Hilly Fields tree population courtesy of the Tree Council's Jubilee Diamond Trees programme. As keen planters of trees ourselves we like this sort of activity and Hilly Fields is big enough to accommodate more trees.

The Jubilee tree donated by the Tree Council will be planted at Hilly Fields (very near the cafe)
on Wednesday May 22nd, gather from 12.45 at the cafe.  Old folk from the Brockley social club and girls from Prendergast school will plant the tree in a short ceremony at 1.15. A digital record will be made which along with the other 59 Jubilee trees will make up a digital book to be presented to Her Majesty in June. It would be great if as many groups and local tree lovers could  be represented. Friends of Hilly Fields and Brocsoc have chosen a disease resistant Elm tree - an American cultivar Princetonia for which Barchams has the exclusive license. Please do come and spread the word to others.

For those that aren't aware the Brockley Society has its own tree wardens who pay close attention to the areas trees and you can find out more about their dedication to the cause here.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Coming up...

There are a couple of events coming up to tell you about:

Our next gardening session at Brockley Common will take place on Monday 6th May from 10am - Midday.

Please bring suitable clothing and gloves (if you have them).

Secondly we have been in discussion our neighbours Transition New Cross for a while about putting an joint film showing. The event has changed somewhat from a film showing in someone's front room to being part of the New Cross and Deptford free film festival!

The film we were planning to show is called Dirt! The Movie and will be shown on Sunday 5th May at the Tidemill School, Deptford with a midday start. There are lots of other films being shown as part of the festival so take a look at the link below and see what takes your fancy!

We hope to see you at either or both of the events above.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Hedge Planting & Guided Tree Walk - Saturday 16th March

Nicola from the Brockley Society has emailed to let us know about a planned hedge planting happening in Hilly Fields adjacent to the orchard we planted this Saturday (16th). If any transitioners would like to help with the planting please go along. Additionally there is also a guided tree walk around the park from 1pm. See poster below for more details:

Monday, 11 March 2013

Brockley Common Update

On Sunday 24th February a couple of volunteers helped carry out a quick tidy up of the edible garden and the planting of sweet peas, rhubarb and herbs including Thyme and Rosemary. The Artichokes seem to have suffered somewhat by the contractors constructing the new cycle shelter as they decided to use and cut some of the paving slab stepping stones to replace others near to the cycle shelter and in the process trampled all over the artichokes..sigh. There is lots of lambs lettuce available to pick and it would appear that the fruit bushes planted late last year have taken. The garden has also gained a seat in the form of a cut tree trunk which used to live in one of the cafes on Coulgate Street and was kindly donated to Brockley Common so take a seat and contemplate the next time you're there...

The garden post tidy up and planting
The Brockley Cross Action Group were also on site and we helped them to tidy up the larger beds as well as taking down some of the fencing where the planting is now well-established. At the recent BXAG meeting it was suggested that gardening sessions become a regular monthly event. More news on that and other Brockley Common items to follow...

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Community Gardening - Sunday 24th February

A date for your diary as we carry out our first community gardening event of the year on SUNDAY 24th FEBRUARY (12 noon - 4pm) in conjunction with the Brockley Cross Action Group (BXAG).
The BXAG will be holding a general tidy up session from midday - 4pm. Details from BXAG Chair, Rupert below:
This is our annual spring clean so a good attendance will be essential! We will be doing the usual litter picking, weeding & pruning and will do our once a year clear out of all the rubbish in the wildlife area. I think we also need to do two other things: (i) bag up all the excess green waste at the back of the site for the Council to collect and (ii) take down some of the temporary fencing which is now well and truly rotting, as you can see down at street level.
Besides this we would suggest that we spend from midday - 2pm concentrating on our plot and also the areas around the base of the Brockley Rd trees planted last year to get it into shape. Depending on the weather we may also put in some new plants if we have them but would encourage anyone who has any cuttings to bring them along too.
As ever please remember to wear suitable clothing, shoes and bring some gloves.
If you can't make it the whole session that's not a problem, just come for whatever time you can. With the BXAG beds having now had a good couple of years to take root this could be the best year yet for the areas around the station so if you want to part of this just turn up!  

Monday, 28 January 2013

Waes Hael!

Sunday 27th January saw the annual Wassail take place at the orchard on Hilly Fields. Last year was a rather snowy affair and we just missed that this year alas melted snow makes for a very wet ground under foot!

This year was arguably the best wassail yet as we improved on the whistles and pots from previous years with the addition of an accordion and violin to help us along with the singing of traditional and improvised wassail songs. After toasting all the trees in the orchard we finished off with a tasty hot drink rich in the traditional of wassail.

Toasting the trees
Pre-toasting singing

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Hilly Fields Events - Sunday 27th January

A busy weekend of events in Lewisham coming up with the demonstration against the closure of Lewisham A&E on Saturday and two events in Hilly Fields on Sunday.

First up sees Hilly Fields taking part in a national survey,  The Big Birdwatch. Details below:

Following the bird watching is the return of the annual Wassail event at the orchard. Details below:

Meet at the Orchard on Hilly Fields!

Local community events

Lots of community events coming up, details below:

VERTICAL VEG - A Gardening Workshop - Talk with Mark Ridsdill Smith
Saturday 26th January 2:30 - 3:30pm St.Mungo's Centre, Hither Green SE13 6JQCost £5. To book a place contact:

Mark, of Vertical Veg, will share the secrets of how to grow food successfully in containers,
on balconies, window sills and patios. You'll learn which crops do best (even in shady spaces), which containers to choose, and how to keep your compost fertile and well watered.
This course is designed for beginners or those with little experience.
There will also be the option to continue your learning online.
Mark specialises in growing food in containers and tiny spaces
and has grown over £900 of food on a balcony and window sills
in one year. See for more information.

Saturday 2nd February 11am-Midday Start St. Saviour's Edible Garden, Brockley Rise, SE23

Ruth writes:
I'm planning ahead here, because it's actually snowing copiously at the moment!
Please come along and do some no dig gardening at St Saviour's Edible garden.
Tools and refreshments provided.
Please wear comfortable clothing and supervise kids under 14 (if they are with you)
For info, text Ruth 07766 596600Look forward to see you!


3 orchard restoration workshops to be held at Sydenham Garden's de Frene site (off de Frene Road in Sydenham).
Tuesday 29th Jan, Tuesday 5th Feb and Saturday 16th Feb 2013. The sessions will be led by London Orchard Project.
Booking essential. Fee £15 to cover costs. See attached flyer and application form.
This will also be a chance to see the de Frene site and learn about plans to make it a successful food growing area.
Please visit to find out more about Sydenham Garden

Friday, 18 January 2013

Brockley Common Edible Garden UPDATE

Valerie has emailed with an update on the edible garden at Brockley Common which is looking well with the soft fruit cuttings (Josterberry and Raspberry) planted late last year coming through and budding. The Lavender, Globe Artichoke and Strawberries are all flourishing and there is a large amount of lambs lettuce ready to pick.

Next session to tend the garden likely to be in early to mid March.

The Edible Garden in late November