Brockley Common update

The Brockley Cross Action Group get stuck in

Izz and Tess, with the other women-workers, in their whitey-brown pinners, stood waiting and shivering… By the engine stood a dark motionless being, a sooty and grimy embodiment of tallness, in a sort of trance, with a heap of coals by his side: it was the engineman. He was in the agricultural world, but not of it. He served fire and smoke; these denizens of the fields served vegetation, weather, frost, and sun…

- Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

Respect due to the Brockley Cross Action Group volunteers, who have taken in to their own hands the task of clearing up Brockley Common and turning the station in to something we can be proud of.

Yesterday, they were out in the cold, doing backbreaking work on the soil as the trains trundled by, to prepare the way for the planting which is due to take place over Easter.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm curious to know what the consensus is on that building in the background.

If the new residents of those flats decide to leave their lights on we'll have no need for street lights around the station.

Tamsin said...

Mmm. The one bit of Tess of the D'Urbervilles that I remember quite well from reading it decades back. The unremitting toil of feeding the steam threshing machine - the worst of both worlds.

The Royal Albert said...

Good on them, it's amazing how much worse the common has looked since the 'upgrade'. The small patch the action group did by the bike rack looks brilliant all year round

Anonymous said...

How many more storeys will that building in the back be?

Anonymous said...

4

Brockley Nick said...

The building has reached full height http://ow.ly/1sjKY

Anonymous said...

I think Its great volunteers doing this,but will the Council or whoever is responsible hope all areas will be done by the volunteers.

Anonymous said...

I was there cleaning up, only to see more rubbish dumped the following day! It was also a shame that there were too few people involved in the clearance. I include the rail owners in that.

Anonymous said...

The Rail Owners workers would want paying to do it.

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