Friday, 30 September 2011

Next FOMP quarterly meeting

The next Friends of Mayow Park quarterly meeting will be held on Tuesday 11th October 2011 at Forest Hill School starting at 7pm prompt. It will finish by 8.30pm. Topics for the meeting will include cricket and the Green Flag recently awarded to Mayow Park.
Go into the school via the gates on Dacres Road and explain to the security staff that you are coming to the Mayow Park meeting. We will find out on the evening which room we will be in.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Gardening at the Pavilion Triangle

Two volunteers are giving up some of their time to weed the beds at the Pavilion Triangle. Thanks to both of you the beds and plants within them are being looked after. The woodchip paths have not had a complete resurfacing of woodchip but the hope is they will be finished before winter. It may be moving towards autumn but there are still flowering plants in the Triangle and they look lovely. More fruit bushes will be purchased for the larger bed and planted before winter. More herbs will be added to the herb bed.

Forest Hill Soc Bring & Take event was a success

Saturday 24th September was a warm day so tables were set out in the yard at Dacres Wood Field Centre. Balloons and posters were put up on nearby lamp posts to advertise the Bring and Take event. The Waste Electrical and  Electronic Equipment (WEEE) van and driver were there too, courtesy of Lewisham Council's waste & recycling department. Refreshments were provided by Forest Hill Society members.
It was not long before people came in the donate items they no longer need, take something they wanted or to put a WEEE item on the van. Some people had seen flyers at Sainsbury's Bell Green or had heard of the event through the Transition Lewisham network. Local people who had seen the posters on lamp posts were very keen and several asked if we can have more such events at the Field Centre location.

When the event finished, all remaining items in good condition were taken by Lewisham Council to be put back into circulation via Chris Carey Collections and the WEEE waste will go off to be dismantled and recycled.

There was some interest in setting up a Friends of Dacres Wood Nature Reserve, to help with the upkeep and make this hidden gem more accessible. If you, or someone you know, might be interested, please send an email with 'Friends of Dacres Reserve' in the subject line to:

Monday, 19 September 2011

Forest Hill Soc Bring and Take Day Sat 24th September 2011

Dacres Wood Nature Reserve is a few minutes walk from Mayow Park so I think I think I can promote an upcoming event there on the blog.
 Forest Hill Society is organising a  'Bring and Take' day Saturday 24 September 2011, 11.00am to 3.00pm, at Dacres Wood Reserve Field Centre, off Dacres Road SE23.

BRING usable items you no longer need eg bicycles, push-chairs, books, toys, CDs, DVDs, tools, small items of furniture, musical instruments, good‑quality clothing, electrical goods, kitchenware etc. TAKE items you will find useful.

This isn’t a swap so you don’t need to match a Bring item with a Take item. Please note: Items to be swapped should be in good working order.

In addition, Lewisham Council will provide a van for WEEE waste (electrical and electronic equipment), so if you have any electrical items that no longer work you can bring them along to be disposed of properly.

How to find the Dacres Wood Field Studies Centre:
Entry to the Field Centre is off Dacres Road, between Catling Close and Homefield House, near the junction of Dacres Road and Silverdale. An unmarked driveway leads directly to the Field Centre from Dacres Road. Parking is available on Dacres Road and other nearby roads.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

tomato blight!

All the lovely plum tomato plants growing in the Triangle have had to be uprooted and disposed of. When no-one was looking they developed blight and they looked a sorry sight today. The plants were heavily laden with plum tomatoes but many of those showed the tell-tale brown markings of blight. This photo shows how the stems of the plants have been affected.
Suggestions please for suitable seeds or plants (i.e. edible or herbal) to go in the ground  to replace the ground cover which those tomatoes were so good at providing.