Cherry trees for Brockley Station

Rupert from BXAG has been in touch regarding another planting event they are organising to improve the station. Most excitingly, two cherry trees will help to obscure the horror of the ticket office. He writes:

BXAG have organised another day of planting down at Brockley Common on SUNDAY 31st OCTOBER, starting at 10.30 and running to 5.00pm with break for lunch and refreshments (c/o BXAG). There are 3 parts to the day...

1. BULB PLANTING. We will be doing some bulb planting down at the Station in the morning from 11.00. Bulbs will be provided, but if you have any daffs, crocus, snowdrops etc PLEASE BRING THEM DOWN! All contributions gratefull received. By the way BXAG are also participating in the Guinness world record attempt for the number of people planting bulbs in one hour (11.0-12.00) - but the record breaking attempt will be taking place in FRENDSBURY GARDENS, not at the Station. The idea for the record attempt is for volunteers to sign up at Brockley Station, go down to participate down at the Gardens and then come back to carry on with planting at BC. Meanwhile we will also be bulb planting at Brockley Common for no other reason than to bring some spring colour to the area around the Station!

2. TREE PLANTING. We have got permission to plant two big Cherry trees (ordered) on the embankment by the Ticket Office. These will replace those lost due to the construction of the new steps etc. This was a request from some local people who were sad about the loss of the trees, which we are happy to redress!

3. REPLANTING OF THE MAIN BEDS ON BROCKLEY COMMON. Despite valiant attempts throughout the summer by BXAG members to keep the planting alive we inevitably lost a few plants, either due to the long dry summer or perhaps they just didn't like the location. So we have bought approx. 180 additional plants (using the Mayor's funding award) to replace the dead ones and fill in the gaps. Planting them now will give them plenty of time to get their roots established for next summer.

Network Rail, who are being really supportive, have promised a supply of woodchip mulch for the beds, so hopefully we can spread some mulch too to keep the dreaded weeds down.

It's Halloween of course so pumpkin soup will be provided for lunch and there will be some whole pumpkins for carving!! The idea is to carve a few pumpkin faces to leave in among the planting with tea lights on Sunday evening - should make quite a show! So kids are very welcome to help out - put the word out! But whether you decide to come in a witch's hat is entirely up to you!

46 comments:

Ed said...

Wonderful stuff guys (and gals); I for one really appreciate your efforts and will try and make Sunday my first plating session.

The beds are looking wonderful and you see allsorts looking at them and discussing.

Definitely a BX success story.

The Cat Man said...

Is the council contributing towards the cost of planting etc?

Anonymous said...

Ed is obviously not a child of the '60s or he'd realise that anticipating a 'plating session' could have a very different meaning. Still one swallow doesn't make a summer.

Anonymous said...

well done bxag!

drakefell debaser said...

catman, which part of 'volunteer' do you not understand?

Anonymous said...

To be honest just walking and breathing at the same time uses most of his available IQ.

Tamsin said...

"bulbs will be provided" - so although donations are gratefully received some have presumably been paid for. The trees (very welcome indeed) have also been "ordered". So Catman had a perfectly valid query about whether the Council are making any amends for their years of mis-management of the scheme or if this element of funding is from other sources, e.g. the "really supportive" Network Rail. Don't want to waste gratitude on the undeserving.

Anonymous said...

Catman relinquised any right to be treated seriously when he stated that if you're poor its essentially because you're, in his words, "fat and lazy". He's a deeply unpleasent halfwit, I wish he'd go away.

Ed said...

Thankfully that is not your choice anon.

Anonymous said...

How big is big? Are we talking mature cherry trees here? Is it even possible to move/plant a mature tree? These are the kind of questions that keep me awake at night.

TM said...

Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't "using the Mayor's funding award" a form of council funding?

Monkeyboy said...

Are we saying that cleaning, mowing the grass in parks, graffiti removal.... Etc. All those small things that make like slightly less rubbish should be shelved? I don't.

drakefell debaser said...

I am starting to question my own eyes. The article tells us that the Mayors funding award has been used to purchase 180 replacement plants for the common area. From this I gather the council has made a contribution. Is this the wrong conclusion to make?

If it is the right conclusion, drawn from reading the article then surely there is no need to question if the council has made a contribution?

Whether the contribution is large enough to make the amends you refer to, Tamsin, is an entirely different debate.

Headhunter said...

This is a 1st, a couple of people defeinding Cat Man!

Good work BXAG, I do miss the cherry trees that were chopped down, they definitely added to the streetscape...

The Cat Man said...

I personally think Conways should make a contribution after all the mis-management of the mile long station ramp, how many months did it take? If my memory serves me correctly, something like 8 mths to put down some paving?

I'm going to be there, planting away...

Anonymous said...

Hurrah!
I seem to remember the cherry tree idea was provided here by me on Brockley Central some while ago.

Matt-Z said...

Perhaps they'll put up a plaque saying 'With Thanks To Anonymous'

Anonymous said...

Why is the 'common' being covered with plants? I want to be able to graze my sheep and recline, playing my pan-pipes. Its the enclosures all over again.

Anonymous said...

Good news.

Is there an agreed way to pronounce BXAG? I always want to say it as b-shag...

BC regular said...

A welcome development - cherry trees are very pretty.

Years of following BC has taken me through the stages of loathing and contempt for Catman (or Andy Pandy Pudding & Pie as he used to be?) and into a phase of quiet resignation, occasionally tempered by mild amusement as the apparently infinite depths of his thick skin are plumbed ever deeper. Give me another year and I might start feeling something akin to affection, at which point I will delete BC from my favourites and move to Dulwich.

Val said...

Am I to believe me eyes when I read that BXAG has 'inevitably lost a few plants' - meaning 180?
What on earth happened!
This seems a rather throwaway statement. (Perhaps summer was not the best time to plant them, given that the same gaps are now due to be filled in.)
Volunteers are welcome and well-meaning, but they should have some knowledge of what it is they are doing.

Brockley Nick said...

Val - the BXAG contains among its membership at least one professional gardener. Some plants were lost as they were planted right at the start of the intense hot dry spell. This is despite volunteers organising regular watering sessions.

Please remember that the people you are talking idly about are probably reading what you are saying.

Brockley Nick said...

PS - the article doesn't say 180 plants were lost. It says that 180 will be planted, which includes a number of replacements.

Westsider said...

Val only pops up to moan about volunteer groups

drakefell debaser said...

Why don't you come on over on Sunday, Val, and help out?

You can team up with catman.

Brockley Nick said...

OK, let the pleasantries resume please...

Ed said...

For the record I am no huge Catman fan, I am still most likely to agree with HH's posts (and back in the day original Hugh's). I do however taken exception to anons generally and particularly those who suggest that legal comments from a local regular aren't welcome on the site.

Have a nice day y'all.

Headhunter said...

I was actually pretty impressed that they kept as many plants alive over the summer as they did. That patch gets pretty scorched and when I saw all the little plants go in I expected them to be shrivelled and dead within a month, or possibly trampled by people avoiding using the steps and clambering up the bank to the station, but most of them seem to have flourished...

Gnome said...

Lets not knock people trying to brighten up the Station,and support them.

Ed said...

I often see people stop to admire the beds and there seems to be a good turnout on volunteer weekends when I stumble past with a hangover...

Anonymous said...

"Some plants were lost as they were planted right at the start of the intense hot dry spell."

Yes, Nick, I know, I was there during the intense hot spell assistng them - were you?

I was concerned at that time that it was too hot for some of the plants. (It did not help having no access to a hose..?)

I shall of course be there again. Hoping this time for two things, that it is not too cold for the plants, and seeing many of you who have so much to say.

Brockley Nick said...

Anon, don't know where the attitude is coming from, everyone, with the exception of Val, has been praising the work of the volunteers.

Val said...

Sorry, I don't know why my last post came up anonymous.
I should also say that I am quite happy to offer my time, as I have done in the past with the planting, but guided by professional advice. Hardly idle by any means. On the other hand, Nick, on the subject of idle, as I asked in my anonymous guise, will you be there?

Brockley Nick said...

@Val - oh, it was you. Should have guessed. Since you were there last time and plan on being there again, perhaps you can tell people to their face that you don't think they're up to the job and ask them exactly how many plants died, rather than misinterpreting this article.

With regards to me, no, I almost certainly won't be there, since I have three young children who take up all the time I do not spend working or running this blog. I reckon the two hours a day I put in to running this thing probably fills my quota of civic obligation, but you're welcome to disagree.

Val said...

I believe I have already mentioned that I had concerns (and voiced them). A hose pipe would have assisted, plus a time when the weather wasn't so hot.

I too have children and other selfless interests, and I reckon my time is as precious as yours would appear to be. That's why i like to get it right the first time.

Anyway, take the kids along. It is is a good day with great people, and I'm sure you and others on this site would be most welcome. You can also write about the experience. Two birds, one stone. Rather than one bird in a dry bush.

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Brockley Nick said...

Val, according to the BXAG, there are a number of people who have been involved having heard about it via this site.

And since you say:

"Volunteers are welcome and well-meaning, but they should have some knowledge of what it is they are doing."

I'm not sure why you think the presence of me and my toddler would be of benefit.

My original message to you was a simple request to moderate your criticism of the volunteers and to correct your misunderstanding of the facts. I don't think an argument is required.

Val said...

Fair enough, Nick. I acknowledge that you do more than your tuppence worth for the community - and that shouldn't go without note. So my full apologies there.

Anonymous said...

"So we have bought approx. 180 additional plants (using the Mayor's funding award) to replace the dead ones and fill in the gaps."

If that's not replacing like for like what is? Stick to those guns Val!

Brockley Nick said...

@Val - thanks, and I in turn appreciate your efforts in making our station so lovely.

@Anon - yes, SOME are replacements for dead plants, some are for filling-in gaps that were left last time.

So we can can glean from the article that the number of plants that died and need replacing is somewhere between 180 and zero.

But thanks for trying to stir it up again after it had come to an amicable conclusion!

Monkeyboy said...

Or to misquote Baraq Obama "No we can't!"

Anonymous said...

I shall be planting a few mung bean trees :-)

Brockley Dogging Society said...

...and we'll be along helping to spread fertilizer! :)

Would CatMan like a hand with any of the uphill gardening?

trying not to laugh said...

The BDS - so crude and yet so relentlessly entertaining.

Headhunter said...

BDS often makes me laugh. Nothing like a good old bit of smutty sex humour a la Carry On... Certainly more fun than the hackneyed, meaningless mung comments...

Anonymous said...

Loved the pumpkins last night folks! It was such a magical surprise when I used Brockley station last night for the first time and saw all the glowing pumpkins along the bank! Many thanks, Jess.

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