Sunday, 23 March 2014

Brockley Garden Share: available in Brockley SE4

Some of you may be aware of the Landshare initiative started in 2009. Here in south east London we activiely promote this sort of thing because it seems that everyone is a winner! Our Brockley Gardenshare project continues and we've received an email from a local resident who has a garden available for someone to grow vegetables in.

The garden is located on Tyrwhitt Road SE4 1QE. If you are interested in finding out more we can put you in touch with the owner and you can take it from there.

Local events coming up...

A public talk about swifts has been arranged  for TUESDAY 1st APRIL in the St Peter's Church Hall on Wickham Road, 7.30-8.30pm.
Swifts are a fascinating and mysterious bird, one of the sights & sounds of a quintessential British summer. They are annual visitors to Brockley, arriving each May, and breed in many of Brockley's old Victorian houses. However they are in decline and need our help if they to continue gracing the skies above Brockley each year. Come and discover more about these wonderful birds from one of our foremost swift experts Edward Mayer - and find out how you can help them! The talk is aimed at anyone with an interest in birds and looking after our wildlife. The talk is free, but we are asking for a voluntary donation of £3 to cover our costs. Any profits will go to swift conservation in Brockley! We have plans to create new nesting sites for swifts in Brockley. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend! Please arrive between 7.15 - 7.30 on the night.

Brockley Tree Conference
Such is the importance of trees not just in Brockley but the wider urban context, the Brockley Street Trees team have organised a free conference on the subject with aims to promote awareness of the many threats to urban trees, and to encourage the maintenance of old ones and the planting of appropriate new ones, whether in streets, parks or gardens.

More details including an agenda can be found here

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Hilly Fields Wassail 2014

Every year since the orchard at Hilly Fields was planted we have held a wassail event which has always proved to be much fun and this year was no exception with a great turn out on a mild Sunday afternoon. With new additions to the orchard this year it was decided that one of the new trees should be dedicated to the memory of Fran Rogers who was instrumental in the creation of the orchard. We're very pleased that Fran's family could attend the wassail event and it was fitting that Fran's wassail song that was specifically penned for this event was sung again. The musical nature of this event has improved considerably over the last couple of years with the additions of an accordion, guitar and drum! Each tree in the orchard was toasted and we're happy to report that the orchard is doing very well and we look forward to the 5th birthday event in January 2015. If you would like to be more involved with the orchard please email us!

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Brockley Common Gardening

Sunday 23rd February sees the first session at the garden on Brockley Common. Brockley Cross Action Group will be on site from 1-5pm to attend to the main flower beds and alongside this we could do with at least a couple of hours on our own plot. Details below of the BXAG event. All welcome!

Waes Hael 2014!

The annual wassail at Hilly Fields Orchard is taking place on Sunday 23rd February at 4:30pm. This will be the fourth event and has proved very popular! Please see details on the flyer below.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Fran Rogers

This week Transition Brockley sadly lost one of its founding members, Fran Rogers. Anyone who met Fran will know that she was not only a very kind and caring person but one that never gave up and always had a great level of enthusiasm for whatever activity she was doing, providing an inspiration to many volunteers who have made a connection with the group. There were a number of projects and events that, without Fran may never have got off the ground or been as successful including the Edible Garden at Brockley Station, the Orchard at Hilly Fields and annual wassail at Hilly Fields, Brockley Gardenshare and Brockley Harvest to name but a few.

Whilst trawling through the Transition Brockley image archive there were many pictures of Fran which just goes to show how important she was to the group and to the community as a whole. Below are a selection of photos which we hope you enjoy and help us to remember Fran for the wonderful memories and energy she gave us. Please feel free to leave comments and we will be happy to pass on to her children.

Fran looking very pleased at the first planting of the edible garden at Brockley Station.

Fran tending to plants at the new garden.

First pickings!
Apple juicing at One Tree Hill allotments, Honor Oak

Planting of trial meadow at the orchard in Hilly Fields

Picking apples in Brockley

Annual wassail at Hilly Fields Orchard during testing conditions!
Talking to local residents about Transition Brockley

First wassail at Hilly Fields with Fran holding up her own
apple-themed version of 'We wish you a Merry Christmas' 

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Brockley Christmas Market - Saturday 14th December

Some of you will have seen that the garden down at Brockley Common now has a bit more structure to it with the addition of some small paths and edging through the plot. This was done over a couple of sessions recently and was partly enabled thanks to funds gained through helping out with last year's Christmas Market.

The Brockley Cross Action Group are again running the Brockley Christmas Market on Saturday 14th December from 12-6pm at Coulgate Street, outside Brockley Station. Always one of the most enjoyable events in Brockley's social calender so please spread the word! 

Once again we will be helping out with one of the mulled wine stalls and could really do with a few extra hands to man the stall. If you can offer just an hour of your time it would be greatly appreciated and should still leave plenty of time to enjoy the market as well. If you are able to help could you respond directly to and we will co-ordinate from there.

Thanks in advance and if we don't bump into you at the market have a great Christmas!

Transition Brockley