Hello WILDTHINGS parents and carers and
                                                               HAPPY NEW YEAR
Activities have started again this week  Nature kids commencing Thursday 8th January 10.30 to noon.

We have loads of fun stuff planned,spring planting slug and snail hunting , pond dipping, and well we'll have to see where we get to and what we get up to!

Sessions will be by donation, with a suggested donation of £4.00 per child.

Hope to see you in the Garden!


Grow Mayow Community Garden has been awarded the highest level of achievement from the Royal Horticultural Society and London in Bloom in this year’s RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood initiative.
Iris Borgers and Erika Sager were presented with the Level 5: Outstanding award at the RHS London In Bloom ceremony at the Surrey County Cricket Club on Monday, 8 September.
“This is a wonderful achievement for the Garden that would not have been possible without the help of local volunteers who have spent countless hours planting, weeding, watering and moving mulch” says Iris Borgers, Garden Director.  “We are also very thankful for the support we have received from Martin Hyde at Green Scene, Shannon’s Garden Centre, Mayow Park Systems, Havelock 11, Caribbean Mix Cricket Club, Friends of Mayow Park and Streetscape whose contributions and donations have made the reinstatement of the front garden possible.”
 Erika Sager, Garden Art & Programme Director at Grow Mayow Community Garden Project states, “It is very exciting to receive our first Outstanding award from the RHS, especially having been judged only 3 months after the front garden was dug up as part of the Pavilion redevelopment.  We were so pleased to have won match funding from the GLA’s Pocket Parks Programme this spring to help support the rebuilding of the Garden, but to achieve a standard recognised throughout the UK is really satisfying.

That said, nothing can beat the smiles we see grow on people’s faces as they enter the Garden for the first time.  It really is an oasis.”
Grow Mayow Community Garden Project is open to public on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 2pm and has weekly volunteer sessions on Tuesday mornings from 10am to noon and Wednesday afternoons from noon to 2pm. The Garden hosts a variety of events for children and from September will be running their own Nature Kids Club on Thursday mornings from 10:30 to Noon 
Further details about Grow Mayow Community Garden Project and all upcoming events can be found at






A new sewer connection has been installed for the pavilion with the result that the front of the community garden had to be bulldozed over which is quite devastating,however we are seeing it as an opportunity to redevelop the space to ensure continued and increased community engagement.We are rich with ideas for the redevelopment, including workshops and ongoing projects and as an educational project show garden and training center.


Grow Mayow Community Garden Project was established in the south east corner of Mayow Park in 2008 by Green Peas UK, a constituted community organization.
Formerly a disused park keepers depot, the Grow Mayow Project has grown to be the home of weekly art classes, a toddler singing group and a forest school, as well as providing support and training to a core of volunteers, many of whom have gone on to further education and employment in horticulture.

In addition to our weekly programme,

·       Grow Mayow Forest school with Hugh Dames
    Mondays 10 am – 12 pm Meet in the park at the adventure playground more info at :

·       Garden sing along with Cat 
    Tuesdays 10.15 - 11.15

           Volunteer gardening
Sowing growing and help with the up keep of the garden.
Wednesdays 12 -2pm

Wednesdays Messy play with Shiree
Starting again 
Wednesday 23rd April 10.15am

We also run special annual events during the year, such as art and harvest festivals, pop up cinemas
(in conjunction with THELITTLEGREENSCREEN ), as well as permaculture and gardening courses and we work closely with
local housing authorities and a local schools for children who
have social, communication and interaction difficulties to
ensure that everyone in our community has access to
information, green growing spaces and natural play.

As a result of redevelopment works, this
vibrant community asset has been disrupted on a number of occasions, and in January of 2014 it was cleared to enable a sewage pipe connection to be re-established to the Mayow Park pavilion.

We are raising funds for redevelopment to re instate this
front community garden  with the COMMUNITY GARDEN / POCKET PARKS PROPOSAL
Our proposal for the restored front garden, for which we are
applying for a Pocket Park Programme grant, includes an

·       Free nature play area,
·       Healthy eating raised beds,
·       Wildflower seating area,
·       The pie garden with fruit trees with a workshop table
·       Exhibition beds
·       The cutting garden
·       A woodland meadow path, as well as the reinstatement of the herb spiral, native animal and mini beast habitats and native hedgerow.

We plan to hold numerous workshops as part of the redevelopment, with a focus on getting children and adults alike outdoors to explore, learn, grow food and play in their local environment.

Following the initial management by Green Peas UK, the garden
will be built and planted over a number of WILDTHINGS WEEKENDS
this summer 2014.
These weekend events will include food growing and natural habitat workshops , nature performances and will be promoted locally through various forms of media.

Grow Mayow Community Garden will help to make
Lewisham greener and more resilient and will provide space for
people to come together to relax and explore.
Should you have any questions or require any further
Information , please do not hesitate to contact us.