Have your say about play

Lewisham Council want to gather people’s views about play. There is an opportunity to contribute to the consultation up to 25th March, so getting going and voice your opinions.

https://consultation.lewisham.gov.uk/targeted-services-and-joint-cyp-commissioning/calling-all-parents-carers-pleased-tell-us-your-vi

Work Sessions for 2022

Come and join us on the last weekend of every month.

Whether you want to improve your fitness, meet new people, give something back to help improve our wonderful park or just get some fresh air, come and do a little work with us. There is always plenty to do. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult and we have tools to lend you.

First session of the year is Saturday 29th January 11-1. meet at the park. Look under “Future Events” for other dates

Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Chinbrook Meadows

Many will have heard the sad news that the amazing anti-apartheid and human rights campaigner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, died recently, aged 90. It is with great pride that we remember his visit to open the Peace Garden in Chinbrook Meadows in the summer of 2009

Archbishop Tutu lived with his family in Chinbrook Road for a few years in the 1970s and so it seemed fitting that we should commemorate this and celebrate his life and work with a garden dedicated to peace. The project was initiated by Cllr Suzannah Clarke who lived in his former home and with help from; a grant, local community groups, Glendale, Lewisham Council and garden designer, Chris Beardshaw the garden materialised and continues to be much visited.

A number of personal tributes have been left in the Peace Garden over recent days to acknowledge and remember Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s tremendous contribution to the world.

On Friday 31st December a small group of peace campaigners will meet at the Tutu Peace Garden to pay tribute, to make statements, share music and read poems. All welcome.

Apple Day

Our Apple Day is back on 23rd! Please come and join us to celebrate our lovely orchard. Apple cakes, apple pressing, apple tasting, apple games…get the picture! See you there

Also a chance to see our wonderful new mural on the foot tunnel, created by Artmongers for us. If you have not been before, our orchard is tucked away on the Bromley side of the railway, near Portland Road entrance (BR1 5BB). If you come from Amblecote Road entrance follow the signs.

Back in Action!

Join us this weekend for our first weekend work session – August 28th, 11.00-13.00. Meet at the cafe.

It has been a long time and I know how much everyone has appreciated our wonderful park through these difficult months so come and show it some love at the weekend. We will do litter picking in those hard to reach corners. We may also weed round the orchard trees and, if anyone wants a proper workout, we can move some logs!

Water me, please!

Our established apple orchard now has two young cherry trees in their midst and they will need plenty of water during the year to help them get settled in. Please help if you can. Bring some water from home or pop down to the Quaggy and fill a bucket or two – great way to keep fit! Make it a team effort or, if you are feeling more competitive, who will be the first to get a full bucket of water to the tree from the stream? Let us know any schemes and strategies you develop. Thank you

Benches – Some you win, some you lose

The Lewisham Greening Fund has provided us with some great new benches for the park. The playground had the two picnic benches replaced with some sturdy new ones.

For those that venture up the slope, along the Green Chain Walk towards Elmstead Woods, they will be able to enjoy a new resting place at the edge of the park, at the top of the hill. The view is more obscured than it used to be as trees have grown up on the slope considerably but it I think it will be a popular spot to take a break along the way.

Bench installed February 2021

Expanse of sky, view north from bench

Unfortunately it is not all good news on the bench front – The warmer weather has brought picnicers and barbequers to the park and some do not realise (or don’t care) that a disposable barbeque will burn the surface underneath.