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‘Tis the Season for Dawn Chorus Walks

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Dawn Chorus Walk: Wednesday 2 April

This year’s Dawn Chorus Walk organised by the Friends of Hilly Fields will take place on Wednesday 2 April. We will meet outside the cafe on Hilly Fields at 6 am. As clocks go forward an hour this weekend, the birds should be waking up just around that time.

As in previous years, we will be extending the walk to take in the Brockley & Ladywell cemeteries. If you want to join us for that part of the walk only, please be at the Brockley Grove gate at 7 am. This is not the gate at the junction with Ivy Rd, but is on Brockley Grove just west of the bus stop and between Amyruth Rd and Henryson Rd on the other side.

Juvenile Goldfinch

What might we hear and/or see? Certainly Blackbirds, Robins, Wrens, Goldfinches, Dunnocks, Great Tits and Blue Tits; probably Long-tailed Tits, Starlings, Greenfinches, Chaffinches and Chiffchaffs; hopefully a Mistle Thrush on Hilly Fields, a Song Thrush in the cemeteries and Woodpeckers in both locations.

Do come and join us. It’s free, educational, fun, life-enhancing and good for the soul. Honest!

Wild Play Day for under 5s

Make the most of your local park
Wild Play Day for families with under fives
Tuesday 11th March
10 -­ 5pm
All Welcome
Dress for the weather
Full schedule of events by the cafe

The next Friend of Hilly Fields Group meeting will be in the evening at 7.30pm.

poster with children playing

Poster for Wild Play Day

Wild play day poster

Bird watching, Sunday 26 January

Sunday 26 January 2014 bird watching for all the family. Starts 11am, finished 2pm.

Birdwatch leaflet

Hilly Fields ‘Green’ Fair – 20th October 2013

20th October, 2013 from 11am until 4pm

A first for Hilly Fields this month, in conjunction with the cafe in the park,
we are putting on a GREEN FAIR. A Sunday event in our beautiful park which brings together green businesses and green initiatives.

We’re planning lots of crafty and arty activities for children and adults if they wish…Brockley Brewery have confirmed, then we have vintage stalls, a clothes swap, home made jams,  vintage clothes and live music

Wild London Need your help

The “stag beetle season” has started again and

London wildlife have launched their 2013 stag beetle survey again.


Hilly Fields is home to the globally endangered stag beetle. They are quite elusive, taking something like 6 years to emerge from the ground. I think are mostly seen in the evening.

They want to hear about your sightings.

A Memorial Tree for Keith

For those who wanted to contribute towards the memorial tree for Keith Seabrook, our former park keeper, there are envelopes in the cafe. You can put in your donation and hand it to a member of staff.  We intend to plant the tree in November.

  The tree will be the first that we plant as part of a bigger tree planting strategy to ensure a lasting tree legacy in the park.

Keith’s sister told us how he loved his job in Hilly Fields and we think it would be a fitting tribute to his memory.

Friends Meeting…at earlier time 7pm

This Tuesday,11th JUNE, we have our regular summer friends’ meeting. It will be held a little earlier, starting at 7pm and hopefully finishing at 8.15.

This is to allow those wanting to support the Save Lewisham Hospital Fund, to take their seat in the Ladywell Tavern for the pub quiz at 8.30.

Otherwise everything as usual, we’ll be meeting in the comfort of the cafe.


Minutes from last meeting:

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Jubilee Tree Planting on Wednesday 22nd May…at 12.45

Jubilee Tree planting on Wednesday 22 May – gather from 12.45pm at the cafe on Hilly Fields.

We will be planting the Jubilee Tree donated by the Tree Council at Hilly Fields on Wednesday 22 May.

Students from Prendergast school will come out at 1.15pm for the ceremony. Several people from the Brockley 50+ Club, which meets at Brockley Social Club, will share some memories of the Coronation with us and then they and the students will plant the tree.

This is a prestigious occasion for Brockley as there will be only 60 trees throughout the country to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. A digital record of all 60 plantings will be presented to the Queen in June. The tree itself will have a smart plaque which will be readable from smartphones. Please do join us — Brockley Society tree officers, Friends of Hilly Fields, Seniors, and Prendergast School students — for this special occasion.

An extra special invite is extended to anyone who has memories of the Coronation.

2nd May 2013 – Local Business Network Lunch

We’ve had a request to post this meeting, so for all local small businesses and home workers….The Hilly Fields Network, a local business network, or the first time ever, are holding a meeting in Hilly Fields, in the Cafe, on Thursday 2 May from 12pm-2pm