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Elections

In order to get a constitution and to make sure CGS is able to apply for funding etc we need to elect officers.

We are electing:

A Chair
A Secretary
And a Treasurer

If you want to stand for any of these posts please contact us or come along to the meeting when the elections will take place on:

Thurs 29th Sept
The Pink Palace, Frankham Street
7pm

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Sue Godfrey Tidy Day!

Come and get involved in our Community Gardening Weeding and Tidying day:

Saturday 20th August between 10am and 4pm

Tools and light refreshments provided!

 

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Planning Meeting Sat 13th August,

SOCIAL + PLANNING MEETING: 
Faircharm Café, Creekside,
Sat 13th Aug,  1pm

We need to make some plans!

We need to sort out constitution and when we are going to have elections to posts and to set up bank accounts etc. So if you are interested in getting involved in any capacity?

We need to set dates for work days in Sue Godfrey Garden:
Weeding and tidying days are required SOON!
We also need to start planning what plants we want to buy. We have £500 available for replanting the garden.
As soon as the new area is finished and prepared we can have raised beds delivered and will need a bed building day.

We also need to introduce new and enthusiastic members to what we have to offer. Including suggested plans for small “mini allotments”

Need to discus plans for raised beds when they are built: Plans for winter plantings and for growing schemes starting next spring.

Crossfields festival: how are we going to be involved? And whats going on?

Visits and socials YAY!  We need to organize a couple of exciting trips! LWT Wildflower centre in Peckham anyone??

There will also be FANTASTIC treats and gourmet food so you all better come!!

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GET FREEBIES at our FUN DAY!

Collect your FREE Window Box Kit.

We are GIVING AWAY plants soil and tools for every window box on Crossfields!

PLUS:

  • Special Kids growing Kits and FUN prizes.
  • Find out about our EXCITING plans.
  • EAT cakes and BUY Jam!
  • Name the Friendly WORM
  • Take part in our PRIZE DRAW
  • Get FREE advice on window box growing.

If you can’t come along and still want your free plants, tools and soil just email us!

EVERYONE WELCOME!

Saturday 16th July, 1pm to 5pm
Creekside Centre, Creekside, SE8

location map here

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Worms and Lichen…

Well I had a fantastic Evening last night at the Natural History Museum. It was special late night and all the Departments had researchers scientists available to talk to the public, as well as fascinating demonstrations and chances to tour areas not usually available to the public.

I was lucky enough to see rare volumes from their Herbarium collections, including notebooks from Captain Cookes original voyages, an apothecaries notebook fromm 1600 and fascinating volumes from the collection of Hans Soanes which are kept at the Museum.

I also had a very interesting chat with some people who work at OPAL
See their site here

I have a couple of kits for doing their Earthworm surveys.

“It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organised creatures”

Charles Darwin.

A good way to get to know a bit more about these fascinating and vital animals!

Anyone fancy helping me out or doing a survey in other parts of the estate?We might also do their lichen survey if anyone’s interested …

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Crossfields Boxes Growing Kit

We are going to apply to for money from Lewisham Homes Community Improvement Competative Fund.

See here for details of this fund

After some thought and a few ideas being tried out  the idea we have come up with is:

Everyone on Crossfields Estate has a window box out side their flat. So what better way of encouraging people to start growing than by offering the first 100 residents who apply a ” Crossfields Boxes Growing Kit.”

These will consist of:

  • A Bag of Organic Compost big enough to re / fill a window box.
  • 2 Packets of seeds… One salad and one flower chosen to be suitable for window box growing.
  • A small watering can.
  • A packet of organic fertiliser.
  • A postcard with instructions on how to grow the seeds.
  • Help if needed to fill and plant the box.

This will be promoted through the Estate magazine “Crosstalk” and through an estate wide publicity campaign and leaflet drop.

We see this proposal as having the following advantages for the Community:

  • Visually improve the estate.. Lets as many boxes  growing as we can!
  • Encourage growing and gardening for people who might not otherwise try it.
    Particularly children who might not have any other opportunity to grow.
  • Interest people who might not think “Crossfields Green Spaces” is for them.
  • Promoting and getting the community interested in a Crossfields Green Spaces.
  • We might eventually be able to have a “Boxes in Bloom” Celebration of the “Hanging Gardens of Crossfields”!

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