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Mountsfield Park Food Growing Space

Lewisham has over 80 Community Gardens providing a range of growing spaces within schools, community centres, businesses and housing areas.  Managing these gardens themselves offers a valuable opportunity for Lewisham residents to join together in not only growing food, but also in contributing skills such as managing volunteers, fundraising and committee roles.

If you are a keen grower, and are looking for a challenge, then a potential further growing site has been located within the grounds of MountsfieldPark with funding provided for basic infrastructure and set up costs.

At this stage we would like to gauge initial interest from residents who may, with some initial guidance and support, wish to set up and run a community food growing space in this area.

This is located at Stainton Road, Catford, SE6 1AN

This is located at Stainton Road, Catford, SE6 1AN

<  Are you a keen veg grower with great gardening skills?

<  Would you like to engage residents in volunteering?

<  Have you got good fundraising planning or organisational skills?

<   To register your initial interest in setting up/running a community garden in MountsfieldPark please write to the following:

Katy Delaney

Green Scene

Wearside Service Centre

Wearside Road


London SE13 7EZ

 or e-mail

with your full contact details

 Responses to be received by Friday 21st June

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Allotment holders rewarded for their efforts in 2012 awards ceremony

The hard work and resilience of the boroughs allotment plotholders for the annual Allotments Competition was recently rewarded at the 2012 Allotments Awards ceremony held at the Civic Suite in Catford. The popular competition has run for many years and is open to over 700 plotholders of the borough’s 40 Allotments sites.

Hosted by Martin Hyde (Parks Regeneration Manager) and with awards presented by Cllr Susan Wise, prizes were given for Best Allotment Plot, Best Allotment Photo, Best New Plotholder, Allotment Site Deserving Recognition and Best Allotment Site.

In the opening speech Cllr Wise recognised the huge contribution of individual plotholders and self-managed committee members in ensuring we have vibrant food growing communities, which as well as providing nutritious home grown food, also incorporate nature areas with bee hives, ponds, orchards and wildflower planting.

Congratulations go to all our plotholders and particularly to the following for their wonderful contribution to Lewisham’s Allotments –

Overall Borough Winner – Best Plot – Ms Helen Main Ellen – Trewsbury Road, Sydenham.

As well as a high standard of planting, Helen has created a beautifully crafted plot with pristine raised beds, ornate archway and eye-catching ornamentation. Her artistic touches and love of the plot are all too apparent – a well deserved winner.

Best Allotment Photo – Mr David Culpan – Dacre Park, Blackheath

The winning photo depicting peach red rose petals against deep green clippings in a compost bin shows a beautiful combination of colour, texture and originality.

The judges enjoyed the textures and colours of this image.

Best New Plotholder – Ms Mo Joyce – Deloraine Street, Deptford

The winner of this category worked wonders on her new plot; wasting no time she has worked hard to produce an attractively laid out plot, meticulously maintained with a good variety of produce.

Site Deserving Recognition – Longton Nursery, Sydenham

The path of managing a site does not always run smoothly and this site, with underlying springs, had areas prone to flooding. When plots were becoming unmanageable the committee, undeterred and with huge input from the site Chair, Ruth Garcha, managed to secure Lottery Funding to turn the area into a communal pond with seating and bog plants. As well as this they have carried out significant clearance work at the entrance to begin creating a wildflower area. Longton Nursery are a great example of overcoming obstacles and fostering community spirit to make great improvements to their allotment.

Best Site – Trewsbury Road, Sydenham

With 60 plots, thorough and concerted effort from many members has meant this site is consistently well kept. With team effort over the years they have gone beyond the basics of site management and have also introduced Bee hives, nature pond, compost Loo and effectively engaged with members to ensure a vibrant allotment community


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  or call Katy Delaney on 020 8314 2277

Looking forward to seeing you there.