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Its official- Frendsbury Gardens is great! Local Garden receives a Community Green Flag Award

Last Saturday was a day to remember for Frendsbury Gardens as all the hard work by local residents done over the last few years paid off as the garden was awarded a community garden Green Flag award.  The community gardens located on Frendsbury Road in Brockley was once a derelict area of land which suffered from fly tipping and over grown vegetation.  Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund, Lewisham Council, Family Mosaic Housing and the South London and Maudsley Trust, the site has been transformed and is a hub for community activities such as story telling, creative workshops, bug clubs and food growing.

Natures Gym volunteers digging out the pond in 2011.

Natures Gym volunteers digging out the pond in 2011.

Green/Community Green Flag Awards are a national scheme, given to recognise the best green spaces.  Lewisham has been awarded a total of 14 Green Flag Awards and 4 Community Green Flag Awards.  Other sites in the borough to have received a Green Flag Awards include Cornmill Gardens, Sydenham Wells Park and Telegraph Hill Park.

The view of the gardens from the front.

Frendsbury Gardens as it is today.

Saturdays event was a well attended fun event with arts and craft, story telling and cooking! Cllr Wise and Cllr Millbank came along to congratulate the hard work of the steering group and its volunteers and the celebrations climaxed with the raising of the flag by the Mayor of Lewisham- Sir Steve Bullock.

Chefs from Marmalade Mondays @ the Hill Station prepare food.

Chefs from Marmalade Mondays @ the Hill Station cooked up a feast from veg picked by the children..

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Lewisham Council – Community Gardens Grants

The upper limit for any award is £750.00. Deadline for applications: will be accepted until 30th April 2012 and there will be two funding rounds. Round 1 will open on 7th November 2011 and will close on 13th January 2012.

 Round 2 will open 1st March 2012 and close on 30th April 2012.

Eligible projects must meet the objective of the scheme to:

  1. Encourage community cohesion (for example, creating a derelict area into a garden that gets the whole community working together in harmony) and at least one of the following objectives
  2. To help develop projects to initiate and run new food growing spaces within LBL
  3. To support existing projects that encourage people to grow their own food for community benefit within LBL

Please contact 0208 314 2068 to request an application or email


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Green Flag Community Awards – 2012

This year the Borough has added to its Community Green Flag Awards, from 2 to 3. Grow Mayow joined Devonshire Road & Grove Park Nature Reserve in being awarded this accolade. Next year we are planning to win 5 as the Sydenham Garden Project and The Friends of Albion Millennium Green have agreed to work in collaboration with Green Scene to prepare their applications. We are certain that they will both achieve a high score for this Award as their site and work is truly inspirational.

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Community Gardens – Growing Strong!

The community garden scheme has exceeded its target of helping to create 60 community gardening projects in the borough by 2012 .  There are now 62 gardens registered with Capital Growth and includes our own staff contribution – ‘Box Clever’ using old recycling boxes to grow vegetables, herbs and lavender at the Wearside Depot. I’m sure the local bees in the nearby hive will also benefit from these.

However, we will continue to encourage community gardens and gardeners in the borough through the small grants scheme, capacity building,  supporting with the legal processes for council owned land and the facilitation of a forum for community gardens in the borough. The photo below is of ‘Common Growth’ a community garden located inSandbourne Road.

If you would like further information about Community Gardens, please contact Stella Agunabor via email or call 0208 314 2068.

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Climate Week in Lewisham

Next week is Climate Week – a national occasion that offers an annual renewal of our ambition and confidence to combat climate change. It is for everyone wanting to do their bit to protect our planet and create a secure future.

Climate Week will shine a spotlight on the many positive steps already being taken in workplaces and communities across Britain. The power of these real, practical examples – the small improvements and the big innovations – will then inspire millions more people.

Thousands of businesses, charities, schools, councils and others will run events during Climate Week on 21-27 March 2011. They will show what can be achieved, share ideas and encourage thousands more to act during the rest of the year. You can find out more about the campaign, including how to get involved by visiting the Climate Week website.

There are also a number of events happening in Lewisham which you can get involved in … you can visit our own recycle map to see the location of these events – look for the orange suns! or the Climate Week website to find your nearest one.

Crafts and Draughts Event Saturday 26 March 2- 4pm

A FREE event for people of all ages where you can

  • make useful things for your home from recycled materials
  • learn how to make your home warmer
  • get information on how to get involved in a community garden
  • the winner of our Climate Week competition will be announced.

Carbon Compact Launch
Climate Week sees the launch of Lewisham’s Carbon Compact supporting delivery of the borough’s target of a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020.
You can sign up as an individual or an organisation by e-mailing us at

The Climate Week Challenge
Schools, colleges, businesses and organisations across Lewisham can take part in the biggest ever live environmental competition – the Climate Week Challenge, Monday 21 March.

London Schools Earth Hour
Lewisham Schools are taking part in their own ‘Earth Hour’ from 2 – 3pm on Friday 25 March.

Reducing waste, helping the planet
Thursday 24th March 10.30 – 3.30 pm.
Learn how to reduce your carbon emissions by reducing waste. Sainsbury’s car park, Southend Lane.

Composting information stall
Sunday 27th March 1 – 4pm.
Get a free garden compost bin and learn how to make your own compost. Dacres Wood Nature Reserve.