Redeem the Swede! Recipe contest 10 Feb at Herne Hill Market

Master Gardeners recruiting – Induction training 20 &21 April 2013

Since the programme launched in June 2010, over 100 wonderful volunteers have helped thousands of local residents grow food. We operate in three core boroughs – Wandsworth, Lambeth, and Southwark – and neighbouring fringes of Lewisham, Croydon, Bromley, Merton and Kingston upon Thames.

We are looking for another 20 volunteers with growing experience to help local people and communities grow their own food organically.

If you’re interested, email

Note to organisations: Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, or would like to look at expanding the programme in your field (eg health and wellbeing, community engagement/citizenship, resident economic resistance, youth, prisons, schools).

A little bit of background: The Master Gardener Programme operates in an expanding number of areas of England. After the inital pilot project in Sept 2012 the programme gained further funding from Local Food as one of 10 Beacon projects in the UK. This has enabled us to continue our support of the current cohort and support their development with two excellent extra training days. From February 2012 we are also recieving another year’s funding from the Big Lottery Fund Local Food Scheme, during which time we are looking for funding partners to continue rolling out the model. See this piece on a research report on the success of the programme. We’d love to continue skilling up London with growing ability!

Bird box building workshop – 2nd Feb

Saturday 2 February 2-4pm Build a bird box at Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses
Join Lambeth’s very own Iain Boulton and build a cosy new nest box for the birds in your garden. We will also be having a look at how to construct bat boxes. This workshop is suitable for ages 12+.
Booking essential. Contact Beth on or call 07427 685714

Donation requested to cover cost of materials.

The perfect storm of world starvation – 22 Jan

St Faith’s Community Centre, Red Post Hill,
London SE249JQ
Tuesday 22nd January at 8 for 8.15pm

Whilst grand international conferences are being held at various exotic places, the price of food is rising everywhere. For the richer, food represents a relatively small part of their budget – but the poorer you are and the higher that percentage is. For the poorest of the world, it means death by starvation. It is estimated that around 10 million people a year are currently dying of starvation (about 30,000 per day); 1.4 billion are below the official poverty line; and another billion are permanently malnourished. It will only get worse. The rich world cannot pretend it will not be affected.

Benny Dembitzer will make a presentation of his book – SLEEPWALKING INTO GLOBAL FAMINE.  He is an international development economist; he was a member of the team awarded the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.

You will be able to purchase a glass of wine or a fruit juice and there will be time for questions and answers.


We will also discuss whether there is enough interest in creating a forum where local residents will regularly meet with others to hear presentations on a range of issues of general interest.

For further information, please use e-mail;

January Zero-Waste Challenge

The aim of this challenge is to reduce your waste for a good cause of your choice. You take the challenge for a week and nominate a charity to donate a £100 to. There is some information about it here

The money can go to any good cause, a local community group, a school, a national or international charity. In this way we hope that the £100 can go to a cause that really needs it, while the person involved is also doing a fantastic thing to help their community by becoming Zero Waste!

GREEN UP YOUR COMMUNITY: Green roof workshops Sat 12 January

The Urban Wild Project are currently looking for local people who are interested in attending a workshop on how to create a green roof.

Normally the workshop costs approx £90 per person but we are offering 30 places for a nominal fee of £10 per person. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis but preference will be given to people who have a community project in mind.

The course will take place on Saturday 12th January 2013 at Roots and Shoots on Walnut Tree Walk, Kennington, SE11 6DN. It will be run by green roof experts Dusty Gedge and John Little ( and will offer practical advice and instruction about installing a living roof.

Please get back to us on with your details and intended project. Closing date for applicants 30/Nov/2012.

Many thanks,
Caroline and Katy

Clapham Compost Giveaway – 17TH NOVEMBER 2012

The third Great

Clapham Compost Giveaway

17TH NOVEMBER 2012    11 – 2.30 at the

Clapham Common Bandstand Beds

free mulch for your beds over winter

watering cans c/o Veolia

Master Gardeners giving growing advice

Join in with the growing project for 2013!

Free RE:NEW home energy check

PDF of flyer

The Mayor of London and Lambeth Council
are working with Climate Energy to make
sure Londoners live in energy efficient
homes and don’t miss out on free loft
and cavity wall insulation.
Everyone can get help.
This offer is for a limited time only as the
current funding runs out soon. All free and
discounted insulation measures are subject
to funding and a technical survey, and must
be installed by December 2012.
Don’t miss out, book your home energy
check now by calling
0800 652 7206 or visit

Family learning activities at the Garden Museum – Seasonal Saturday

Saturday 10th November the Garden Museum has a Seasonal Saturday with volunteer led family learning activities.

This weekend children and parents/carers can sow a broad bean seed and make a mini scarecrow to take home.

It’s free and runs on a drop-in basis between 11am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3pm.

More information can be found on the website at

To be on an emailing list for future family friendly events and activities please email me

Screening of the film Best Before – 30 September

There will be a screening of the film Best Before, examining food waste, at the Whirled Cinema in Loughborough Junction on 30th September. Please book your tickets here:

The screening will be followed by a discussion and networking.

Watch the trailer here: