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March, 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)



March Events

…and the events this month are:FARMERS MARKET this Saturday 9th March…there were extra stalls last month, so worth the trip.
Friends’ Meeting on 12th March. In the cafe at 7.30. We usually finish by 9pm.

Saturday 16th March, we’ll be planting a FRUITING HEDGE, donated by the tree council. HELPERS to meet at the cafe 10.30. Post planting..a light lunch will be served, also courtesy of the Tree Council and the cafe.

Also Saturday 16th March, Brockley Society have arranged a
Walkabout with Tree Council, 1pm: Join Jon Stokes for an informative walk among the trees of Brockley. See http://brockleystreettrees.blogspot.co.uk/

and we are lucky to have been included in the last set of events run by the rivers and people project (their grant is about to finish). So for those who bemoan the early start of our dawn chorus walk, we have a mid morning walk on

Thursday 28th March 10.30am-12.30pm The Hill is Alive! (at Hilly Fields, meet at the junction of Adelaide Avenue and Eastern Road)

“Come and explore the birds, beasts and wildlife in an urban park. We will be joined by members of the local bird group”.

Brockley Street Trees

Sad News

The first day of spring, came with the sad news that Keith our former park keeper, passed away last night. A lovely man, always helpful and kind, with a droll sense of humour.


Keith Seabrook