Seven members of the Garden Group are opening for the National Garden Scheme (NGS) this year, which is probably too many gardens to visit in one afternoon – even for dedicated gardening enthusiasts! The group therefore decided to open on two separate occasions in 2013. The first opening is this weekend – 18th May (5-8pm) and 19th May (2-6pm). All money raised will be donated to cancer, caring, and gardening charities.
The four very different gardens opening 18/19 May are 6 Tewkesbury Avenue, 25 Westwood Park, 30 Westwood Park and Coach House, The Hermitage, Westwood Park.
Discover a sculptor’s creative courtyard garden crammed with unusual plants and the artist’s sculptures and ceramics (for sale); imaginative plant combinations in a garden designer’s country-style garden with meandering paths through deep curving borders which containplants and shrubs to cope with dense shade, full sun, and dry banks; a terraced front garden full of plants set in gravelled beds and a peaceful organic garden to the rear with flower, fruit and vegetable beds. Opening for the first time is a recently landscaped garden, terraced to take advantage of the views of London and provide an outdoor living space. As well as mature fruit trees and raised beds for vegetables, the enthusiastic gardener is exploring planting styles in this evolving new garden.
Combined admission: £6 (payable at any garden). No charge for accompanied children.
Plants available on both days. Refreshments available on Saturday evening. Tea and homemade cakes at Tewkesbury Avenue on Sunday.
Our next opening will be on the weekend of 16th June. Please come back to the website soon for more details.
National Gardens Scheme: Registered Charity No. 1112664.
As you will no doubt be aware, the A&E and maternity units at Lewisham Hospital are under threat of closure. A community campaign to fight the proposed closure needs the help of residents to keep up pressure on the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, who will make the decision on the future of the hospital at the beginning of February.
More details are available in the latest edition of our newsletter, and there is a march in Lewisham on Saturday 26th January to protest against the closure. If you would like to join the march, meet at Lewisham roundabout (by the station) for 12 midday.
And help the campaign organisers to reach their goal of 30,000 signatures by signing the on-line petition today? http://www.savelewishamhospital.com/
Well, its a little later than recent winters, but snow finally arrived in force on the hill this weekend.
The roads on the estate have remained relatively clear, and many residents took full advantage of the weekend snowfall to enjoy the ‘Horniman Alps’!
Do you have any photos of the snow you would like to share? If so please send them to us and we’ll add them to this gallery.
As you may already be aware, a third planning application to demolish the single dwelling at 51-53 Canonbie Road in order to build a block of six flats has been submitted to Lewisham Planning. Local residents, and the Association, have objected to this application. View the full objection letter here. A shortened version of the Association’s objection letter is available below for you to make use of should you wish to do so.
As mentioned in previous newsletter articles (when previous applications were submitted), the Association is concerned that should this application be successful then others may do the same.
Full details of the application can be found here:
Lewisham planning application
We would like to encourage as many people as possible to respond to the Lewisham planning department at the below address:
|As you may already know, there is a proposal to close the A&E and Maternity services at Lewisham Hospital. This proposal, if agreed, would severely affect the standard and availability of healthcare services available to local residents. Public Consultation on these proposed closures of A&E and Maternity Services at Lewisham Hospital ends at midnight on Thursday 13 December. For information see http://www.savelewishamhospital.com/|
SEE3, the team responsible for leading the Forest Hill, Sydenham and Kirkdale Portas bid, have put together a calendar covering events taking place in SE23 and SE26 during December.
There’s lots going now, so look out for a copy which should be coming through your mailbox soon. Alternatively, download a copy at http://www.see3.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/SEE3-Christmas-Events-List.pdf
Here are some great photos of the fireworks from Saturday’s party, thanks to David Steer for these. More are to follow, and if you have others that you would like to add, please let us know!