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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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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

Ladywell

London SE13 7EZ

 or e-mail katy.delaney@lewisham.gov.uk

with your full contact details

 Responses to be received by Friday 21st June