Brockley Common - the final push

The Brockley Common project will eventually create a beauitful green space next to Brockley Station on a site which was previously an inaccessible bit of public land, used for little more than flytipping.

With the help of local people, the Brockley Common project, by Brockley Station, is at last making good progress. Rupert King, of the Brockley Cross Action Group, who is leading the project, tells us that Brockley Central readers have got stuck in, committing their time and energy to the project, which is great to hear. Thanks to any readers who've lent their services.

Rupert explains:

Our project partner Lewisham Envirowork have nearly completed their preparatory works on Brockley Common. They have weeded the two main beds on either side of the ramp, added compost & more topsoil to improve the health of the existing soil and rotovated the beds to break up compaction and get some air into the soil. We hope the preparation will make all the difference to the success and healthy growth of the new planting.

Lewisham Envirowork have also erected temporary protective fencing around the two main beds to protect them from trampling and damage while the plants get established. The fencing will eventually be taken down, most likely in Spring 2011 – it is NOT permanent fencing!

We have an exciting planting design to work to, which will link the two beds on either side of the ramp and create a colourful scheme in shades of purple, crimson, red, pink and white flowers that will change in colour as you walk up the ramp between the beds. The design is a collaboration between members of BXAG and two local artists. We hope to make quite an impact, something that will really lift the area outside the station and complete the Brockley Common project, which has looked neglected in recent months.

1500 Plants have been ordered from Palmstead Nurseries in Kent, who have supplied high quality plants for our previous projects. The plants will be delivered in 2 batches, one before each planting weekend. But if you are a gardener with some plants to spare you can contribute to the area to the north of the main planting beds, where we would like to create a riot of colour with e.g. an annual wildflower meadow! If you would like to donate some plants or seeds please check out the BXAG website for further details!

BXAG has now organised two community planting weekends in May to carry out the planting to the two main banks on the Common, between Brockley Station and Coulgate Street. This is a very big project and we need lots of volunteers from the local community to help us complete the works. Please come and join us! Tell your friends and spread the word!

SATURDAY 15TH MAY, 12.00pm – 5.00pm.
SUNDAY 16TH MAY, 1.00pm – 6.00pm.
SATURDAY 22ND MAY, 12.00pm – 5.00pm.
SUNDAY 23RD MAY, 1.00pm – 6.00pm.


Meet outside the Broca Café on Coulgate Street. Please bring stout footwear and warm clothing if needed. BXAG will provide all tools, gloves and refreshments. We will be planting one bed per weekend, starting with the lower bed first.

18 comments:

Nylon Cube said...

Would be great to have an area dedicated to vegetables that could be sold off at a summer fayre. The profits could feed back into the project.

Also if would be great if there was a nursery in brockley to save us going to Forest Hill/Dulwich

Headhunter said...

Good news! I'll try to volunteer some time to help, I felt pangs of guilt when I saw people digging the area over as I walked past to the station a few weeks ago. I just hope that the good denizens of Brockley, once the fences have come down and the plants are in, don't return to clambering up the slop, trampling the plants

Ed said...

I love the wild flower meadow idea, far better than a 'performance area' and I'll try and help out this time.

Still hoping for cherry trees...

I use the shortcut and hope that provision is made for those of us that do or flowers will no doubt be trampled by the less scrupulous.

Headhunter said...

I really think some kind of natural "barrier" of trees or something will need to be put in place otherwise people will start to tramp up and down the slope again. Probably should've put some steps in at the other end as part of the rebuild

Tommo said...

Some steps should have been put in at the railway bridge end. There's no way people will stop taking shortcuts up and down the slope without them.

Ed said...

Rather than trying to stop people doing what is instinctive I think a path/steps should go in...

Headhunter said...

I agree, however with all the time, hassle and heartache involved in getting the project completed in the 1st place, I wouldn't hold your breath on more steps.

Brockley Nick said...

There were going to be steps, but the budget wasn't there to put them in (due to the costs of the land remediation (asbestos)).

So we are where we are.

Ed said...

Of course there are H&S and cost issues should anything be done to allow people to use that route but people will use it regardless so there is little point in planting the newly established path.

Anonymous said...

I liked the old wall better.

Anonymous said...

How about some cherry trees (white and pink blossom)? Would be great in spring.

Anonymous said...

Old maps show a standing stone near the site. What about a new standing stone (instead of a performance area)???
Would be appropriate considering we have a stone circle at Hilly Fields.

Ed said...

Cherry blossom would drift onto the tracks and derail trains. The station approach would look lovely though.

Monkeyboy said...

Not in favour of a stone circle, Druids on the track would be a tricky one to deal with.

The Cat Man said...

A statute of nick perhaps

The Cat Man said...

A statute of nick perhaps

Brockley Dogging Society said...

Are we allowed to suggest an opening act for the 'Performance Area'?

Anonymous said...

Ed 13:16
"Cherry blossom would drift onto the tracks and derail trains."

I hope that comment was a joke...

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