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our batty day

Join us for bat themed craft and junior yoga.

This Monday, 21st October, by the stone circle.

South Meadow Botanical Survey, 2019

Hilly Fields South Meadow – Species found 13 July 2019

Flowers (39)

Achillea millefolium Yarrow

Anthriscus sylvestris Cow Parsley

Centaurea nigra Common Knapweed

Cirsium arvense Creeping Thistle

Cirsium vulgare Spear Thistle

Convolvulus arvensis Field Bindweed

Crepis capillaris Smooth Hawk’s-beard

Echinops sphaerocephalus Glandular Globe-thistle

Galium aparine Cleavers (Goosegrass)

Galium mollugo Hedge Bedstraw

Galium x pomeranicum Hybrid of Hedge and Lady’s Bedstraw

Galium verum Lady’s Bedstraw

Geranium dissectum Cut-leaved Crane’s-bill

Geranium pratense Meadow Crane’s-bill

Helminthotheca echioides Bristly Oxtongue

Heracleum sphondylium Hogweed

Lathyrus pratensis Meadow Vetchling

Lotus corniculatus Common Bird’s-foot-trefoil

Malva moschata Musk-mallow

Oenanthe pimpinelloides Corky-fruited Water-dropwort

Plantago lanceolata Ribwort Plantain

Plantago major Greater Plantain

Potentilla reptans Creeping Cinquefoil

Ranunculus acris Meadow Buttercup

Ranunculus repens Creeping Buttercup

Rumex obtusifolius Broad-leaved Dock

Senecio jacobaea Common Ragwort

Sisymbrium officinale Hedge Mustard

Smyrnium olusatrum Alexanders

Stellaria graminea Lesser Stitchwort

Symphytum tuberosum White Comfrey

Tanacetum vulgare Tansy

Taraxacum agg Dandelion

Tragapogon pratensis Goat’s-beard

Trifolium pratensis Red Clover

Trifolium repens White Clover

Urtica dioica Common Nettle

Vicia cracca Tufted Vetch

Vicia sativa Common Vetch

Grasses (14)

Agrostis capillaris Common Bent

Agrostis stolonifera Creeping Bent

Alopecurus pratensis Meadow Foxtail

Anisantha sterilis Barren Brome

Arrhenatherum elatius False Oat-grass

Dactylis glomerata Cock’s-foot

Elytrigia repens Common Couch 

Festuca arundinacea Tall Fescue

Festuca rubra Red Fescue

Holcus lanatus Yorkshire-fog

Hordeum murinum Wall Barley

Hordeum secalinum Meadow Barley

Lolium perenne Perennial Rye-grass

Phleum pratense Timothy

Wild Flower Scavenger Hunt

Our latest scavenger hunt is available from the café. The flowers maybe a little scarcer this week as it isn’t long since the green flag inspection lots of them were mown in favour of ‘amenity’ grass.

You can also print here and cut so you have four separate sheets.

(right click opens in new window for printing on my computer!)

45th Midsummer Fayre

The 45th Hilly Fields Midsummer Fayre, Saturday 22 June 2019 

12 noon to 5pm


The Brockley Society still need volunteers!  As always, the fayre is run entirely by volunteers. They need  nearly 120 volunteers on rotas on the day. Many different roles for varied skills and time commitments at: 


or express your interest by emailing: volunteer@brockleysociety.org.uk

Art in the Park Saturday 8th June, midday – 6pm

A fantastic day for all the family! Bands times for the Felix School of Rock Stage are now confirmed! Children’s Magical Art Marquee Face Painting Storytelling Tent Felix School of Rock Stage Brockley’s Rock Fishing Pond Music and dance performances Brockley Max Art Market Pop-up food stalls Brockley Brewery & parlez bar Brockley Max raffle draw 5pm…https://brockleymax.co.uk/events/venues/hilly-fields/

Much Ado About Nothing: 5th, 6th and 7th June, 2019 at 7pm

Join the company of Hilly Shakes for their Premier production of Much Ado about nothing! An evening of high jinx and romance in Hilly Fields stone circle. Tonight, 5th June at 7pm by the stone circle in Hilly Fields.


Brockley Max at Hilly Fields

Brockley Max – our local community festival – runs this year from Friday 31 May to Saturday 8 June with a huge range of events at local venues including Hilly Fields. To see the full programme, click here or pick up a paper copy from the HF cafe or other local outlets. Meanwhile, scroll down.

The Hilly Fields cafe (‘Pistachios in the Park’) is hosting three events. On Monday 3 June from 7-9 pm, an evening of poetry and stories presented by Write Brockley, a group of local indie authors. At this point, I should ‘declare an interest’ as I’m one of the authors reading along with Jason Shelley, Diana Pooley and Richard DeMox. Our styles range from traditional narrative to hip-hop poetry and electronica prose with humour, down-under demotic and existential musing in between. The event is free, the ‘Dionysian refreshment’ (a reference to wine, I believe) is free and our books will be on sale at reduced prices. Please bring cash.

Tuesday 4 June sees Professor Nohair and the Wiglifters (presumably the ‘heirs’ of Professor Longhair and the Shuffling Hungarians) playing ‘fast-fingered jazz and boogie woogie’ at the cafe from 7.00 – 9.30 pm. This is a free event, but donations are welcome. And on Thursday 6 June from 7.30 – 9.30 pm, there’s a priced event at the cafe – ‘Learn the Harmonica in Two Hours’. For £20, you get a harmonica, a glass of wine, free tuition and the opportunity to play on the Art In The Park stage on Saturday 8 June.

There are two big events elsewhere in the Park. In the Stone Circle, Hilly Shakes will be giving a performance of Much Ado About Nothing. This will take place on 5, 6 and 7 June from 7 – 8.30 pm. ‘High-jinx, clever wordplay and romance.’ Free, but donations welcome. And on the final day, Saturday 8 June, Hilly Fields will host the big Art In The Park event ‘for all the family’. See here for details.

One last plug, Quaggy Printmakers are exhibiting in the chapel at Brockley and Ladywell cemeteries on 1-2 June and 8-9 June between 10.30 am – 4 pm as part of Brockley Max. This free exhibition is called ‘Flights of Fancy’ and includes demonstrations of print-making techniques.

Hope you can get along to some of these events, especially the Write Brockley one!

Lottery Funding Progress

monoprinting workshop

Thanks to the grant from the Community Fund, we have now:-
run a mono printing workshop in the park…exhibition in the café to follow.
rustic bench

installed a new bench for the mud kitchen, obviously everyone is welcome to rest their weary legs and enjoy the views.
completed 3 scavenger hunts, which can be collected from the café (no purchases necessary).

AGM Tuesday 11th June, 2019

This year’s AGM will be at 7.30pm in the café, we intend to begin with a talk ‘Deptford to Hilly Fields’

New Planting at Vicars Hill Entrance funded by MPGA Grant

We’ve just about completed our new planting at the Vicars Hill Entrance. We have a honeysuckle and a Japanese quince still in their pots, which we intend to grow over our future dead hedge. The Friends contributed the additional funds to enable the upgrade from chainlink to estate railing and the plants were purchased with a grant from MPGA https://www.mpga.org.uk/

Planting in progress and completed…we still need to do some extra weeding and mulching!