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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 Community Garden Forum

Following on from previous feedback requesting the establishment of a Lewisham Community Garden Forum, we would like to invite you to an informal gathering on Monday 20th February at the Creekside Centre, 14 Creekside, Deptord,London,SE8 4SA.

Location of the Creekside Centre

 The aim of the meeting will be to explore what form future meetings can take, what kind of issues community gardeners would like help/advice on as well an opportunity to share good practice/tips and how to continue this in the future.

 Tea/Coffee will be available from 10.00am and the meeting will run until 1pm with refreshments and a buffet lunch provided from 12am.  For catering purposes please can you respond to this invite by Friday 10th February. To register your attendance, or not, please either e-mail  communitygardens@lewisham.gov.uk  or call Katy Delaney on 020 8314 2277

Looking forward to seeing you there.


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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.