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!