Saturday, 27 August 2011

successful gardening sessions

Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August saw 2 more gardening sessions in the Pavilion Triangle. Despite the heavy rain on Friday, three volunteers came to put in plants into the smaller bed (the herb zone). A nasturtium, a pea and some strawberry runners were put in and a bit of weeding took place.  Two volunteers came on Saturday and managed to avoid the rain! Weeding continued, with particular efforts round the edges of the bed, so now it is clear where the grass verge ends and the plant bed begins.

People who use Mayow Park are a friendly bunch. People strolling in the park will often stop and speak to the volunteers, to ask about the Triangle or comment on other parts of the park. Children ask interesting questions about plants they can see in the Triangle and often express their appreciation of the new older children’s ‘playscape’ on the northern side of the park.

 Adults say very complimentary things about different parts of the park. Grow Mayow’s garden in particular gets a lot of well-deserved praise. The Triangle generates interest and several new volunteers have been recruited by explaining this user-led initiative.   There are frequent  inquiries about plans for the Pavilion and a community cafe, which is something we hope will come to fruition as  follow-up to urgent renovation work of the building and creation of sports changing facilities.

Some visitors to the park during the school holidays are families hoping to move into the area who are checking out what is available locally.


These two photos show parts of the herb bed as they looked today, on an overcast and damp day.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

extra gardening sessions 26th & 27th August

There will be two more gardening sessions this week at Pavilion Triangle:Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August 2011 from 2pm to 4pm

Meet at the Triangle, near the Pavilion entrance opposite Burghill Road.
It would be great if we could finish laying more woodchip on the paths. 
We also have some strawberry runners ready to plant in the smaller bed where they will provide ground cover.
And there is also work for those who enjoy weeding.
Just turn up on the day.
If you have gardening tools, please bring any of the following: trowel, spade, fork or hoe, gardening gloves or a mat to kneel on.
There are other ways you can help if gardening is not your scene. For example, are there any keen photographers? It would be great to have photos to put on the blog.
Hope to see you on Friday or Saturday.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Macmillan fundraising event 20th August

The 'wacky Olympics' family fun day took place today in Mayow Park to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. It was organised by Bengu, a cancer sufferer who, despite her health difficulties, had put in many hours to prepare a well-organised and enjoyable day for all and had engaged the help of sponsors too.
The event was opened by the outgoing Lewisham Young Mayor  and was closed by Sir Steve Bullock, the Mayor of Lewisham. It was most unfortunate that the event was marred by heavy rain half way through which persisted to the end of the event. This meant that most people rushed away to seek shelter and did not stay till the end.
Despite the unpleasant weather, Bengu remained cheerful. I hope she has been able to reach her target of raising £5,000 to pay towards a Macmillan Cancer Support nurse at Lewisham Hospital, where Bengu herself has received her treatment.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Friday gardening & Saturday fundraising

1. A quick reminder that tomorrow, Friday 19th August, we will have another gardening session at the Pavilion Triangle. We hope to finish putting more woodchip along the path. For those who prefer another activity, there is plenty of weeding to keep you busy.

2. On Saturday 20th August there will be a fundraising event in the park to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
It is being organised by a young woman suffering from leukaemia who is receiving support from Macmillan.  
Opening ceremony is at midday; closing ceremony 3pm.
This event, titled' Wacky Olympics', is for all the family and anyone wanting to take part in the games is asked to arrive early, to sign up.
There will be various stalls plus activities including a bouncy castle and face painting, as well as refreshments.
A worthwhile cause with fun for all the family.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011


Three gardening sessions in August to continue weeding and to work on the wood chip paths. If you don’t know much about gardening, someone can show you what to do. Please bring gardening tools if you have them, including gardening gloves, a kneeling mat, a hoe, trowel or spade.
Come for the whole session or drop in for a short while.
Times: All sessions from 2 – 4pm.
Dates: Friday 12th August; Saturday 13th August; Friday 19th August.
Place: The Triangle beds near the Burghill Road entrance.
See you there!
For more information please phone 020 8244 4259 or email: