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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:

Minutes 12_March_13


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




Book Reading and workshop Thursday 11th April at 10.30

Clare Stanhope reads Brenda’s Bottom in Hilly Fields

Thursday at 10:30am
Borders of Brockley and Ladywell

Dawn Chorus at 6am…11th April, 2013


The Hill is Alive!

The Lewisham Rivers and People Project is coming to Hilly Fields. “The Hill Is Alive! Birds, Beasts and Wildflowers in an Urban Park” is the title of a walk taking place on Thursday 28 March starting at 10.30. Meet on the corner of Adelaide Avenue and Eastern Road. The walk will be led by Nick Bertrand, the legendary Deptford botanist, which means that expert and entertaining commentary about flowers and trees in the park is guaranteed. There will also be input on bird life from the Bird Champions group.


and thanks Tom, for eloquent write up, saves me having to think!

Update for Keith’s funeral arrangements

Keith’s funeral will be on Monday 25th March at 09:30 in Hither Green Crematorium Chapel, Verdant Lane, SE6 1JX.

Fruiting Hedge Planting – Saturday 16th March from 10.30am

It is the BIG DIG: Everyone is welcome to join us for some healthy, sociable exercise, planting the fruiting hedge.  We’ll be in the park Saturday morning at 10.30. We will have some tools, but you are welcome to bring your own. Meet by the cafe and we’ll be heading to the orchard where ground has been prepared for planting (so more small dig required).  Numbers permitting, we are also hoping to plant some hedging on the conservation area boundary.

When we have finished, there is a light lunch being served for hungry volunteers.

The hedge and lunch have been provided by the Tree Council.

Thank you to them.


At 1pm, the tree expert, Jon Stokes, will lead a tour of tree in Hilly Fields and Brockley.  (organised by Brockley Society and the Brockley Street Wardens)