Create a community garden in Brockley

Lewisham Council has signed up to the Capital Growth scheme, which aims to get 2,012 new community food growing spaces for London by 2012. For Lewisham that equates to 60 community gardens across the borough.

There is total funding of £75,000 available and small grants of between £200-£1,500 will be made available. The deadline for entries is: 11 January 2010.

Anyone can apply to create one and you can download the how-to guide here - pleasingly, Brockley's community orchard project and the St Saviour's church project are both namechecked.

The catch is, however, that you have to have found a suitable piece of land in the first place. And there's no guide to where those patches may be - in that respect, you're on your own. As the guide says:

So, if you know of a piece of derelict, run-down or underused land in the borough, and think it would benefit from a transformation into a pleasant, public open space, then you should consider starting your own community garden.


It may well be that groups like Brockley Cross Action Group, Transition Brockley, Ladywell Village Improvement Group and the Brockley Society are all over this like a rash already, but please feel free to use this thread to share ideas about possible sites for a community garden. We'd also love to hear from any groups already planning something.

For a while, we've thought that the disused entrance to the higher-level of Brockley Station on Brockley Road would make a good spot for a city garden. That part of the station is never going to be reopened (face it) and it has now been cleared of rubbish. An empty plot could be turned in to a great walled garden and the fences removed. The land will be owned by TfL but they might be happy to let it be used for this purpose.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Didn't Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall start something like this off.

Anonymous said...

He's the sort of person who would...


Cup of green tea anyone?

Michael said...

There are several odd bits of derelict space around the bridges on Mantle Road. It's such a terrible waste and they really bring the approach to the station down. They would be perfect I think.

Headhunter said...

Green tea is so last season, white tea is the drink du jour, darling. No, not builders tea with milk....

Beecroftian said...

The Hugh F-W thing is called 'Landshare' which is a scheme devised to connect people who have land to offer for growing food with people who want land to grow food.

Only last night at Lewisham Green Drinks there was an offer of this sort for a garden in Hither Green.

In response to Nick's original post, the St. Saviours plot is run by a lady who is a member of Transition Brockley so yes this group is aware of Capital Growth and actively promotes it.

Sue said...

haha Beecroftian - I think I know who you are now!

Beecroftian said...

@Sue

Yes, there is a fairly big clue in there after the information I gave you last night!

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Anonymous said...

The above needs to be taken off

Anonymous said...

There's a community piece of land on Lucas Street (used to be the pony field), but nothing's been done to it for ages.

fabhat said...

Isn't that pony field over the railway bridge, so can't really have anything grown on it? I seem to remember that being why it is unsuitable for an orchard, but maybe smaller rooted greenery would be okay.

Flowers said...

Excellent article. It was helpful and informative. hope to see more greats posts like this.

Anonymous said...

It is a great idea to have more green areas in Brockley, but would it not be a better excercise to maintain and trim the beautiful old trees in street such as Thyrwitt Road, Tressilian Road, Upper BrockleyRoad etc.?

Anonymous said...

I think Its down to the Council or there contractor to prune the tree's,lets get something for the tax we pay them.

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