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Watch the Birdies

Our Big Birdwatch event (in conjunction with the RSPB) took place on Sunday 27 January as advertised. Unfortunately, a strong cold northern wind put many of the birds off and the count was low. However, a surprising number of humans turned up and we thank you for your support. A fuller report can be found on the Hilly Fields Birdwatch blog here.

This years Dawn Chorus Walk will be held on Thursday 4 April. If you’d like to come along, we meet outside the cafe at 6 am. As in previous years, we will listen to the birds on Hilly Fields and around the Brockley and Ladywell cemeteries. You can leave at any time to get to work but we’ll be finished by 8 am at the latest. Hope to see some of you there.

Orchard Maintenance and Wassail

Sunday 3rd February, maintenance session: we’ll be weeding and mulching the trees, pruning the trees and fixing stakes. We also have a couple of new fruit trees to plant. We’ll start at 2pm and finish at 4pm. So that we can plan the tasks and tools; if you plan to come along, it is helpful to contact us. email hillyfields4@googlemail.com

Painting by John Kerry, local resident..thanks.

The Wassail will start at 4pm, with musicians and wassail. Please try to remember your own cup!

Wassail 2019, 3rd February at 4pm

This coming Sunday at 4pm, we will be holding our annual Wassail. Please try to bring your own cup for the wassail drink…and your best singing voice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfncJavzoB8

Big Bird Watch

Tree Consultation from Defra

Consultation on Protecting and Enhancing England’s Trees and Woodlands


Vicars Hill Entrance – Progress

Nearly finished. The bad weather put back repairing the stone wall, but it is in hand for the new year. We’ve started planting the neglected triangle of land, so hopefully we’ll have the beginnings of our bank of snowdrops..with some winter aconites for spring. The dead elm which is left as a good source of insects for birds and maybe bats, will be used to support a native clematis, old man’s beard and a hop. Thanks to the MPGA for funding our new planting.


No more Farmers’ Market

The support of the farmers’ market, particularly Whitegates Farm in Kent, has meant that we’ve had some regular funding for our smaller projects. We’ve been able to purchase wild flower seeds for the WWI memorial for the last five years, we’ve sown seed and planted yellow rattle plugs in the Southern Meadow. We’ve bought bird seed and supplies for making bird feeders and I’m sure there are a few other extras in the park, which we couldn’t have done without them.

They told us last month that they couldn’t manage to keep us on their rounds. So thanks to everyone who came and bought their produce over the years. We’ll have to look for a new source of local vegetables and fruit with no plastic packaging and great prices.

HAVE your say…


Open Meeting

We have four open meetings every year. Our Autumn one will be on Tuesday 18th September at 7.30pm, in the café.
Everyone is welcome. If you want to bring a new subject to the meeting, then it is useful to email us in advance so we can put it on the agenda.

You may also like to take part in the council’s questionnaire for future park and open space strategy.


Friends of Hilly Fields Quiz 2018

We always have a Hilly Fields quiz sheet on the Friends stall at the BrocSoc Midsummer Fayre and this year was no exception. Fifty people took the test and just for once – nobody got all ten questions right! Who’d have thought it was that difficult? Well, if you didn’t do the quiz on the day, now’s your chance to find out. The questions are below and the answers are at the end. Give it a go just for your own entertainment and enlightenment.  Four people got nine out of ten questions right and won vouchers to use at the HF cafe.


1. What kind of market is held on Hilly Fields every month?

(a) Arts and crafts; (b) Bric-a-brac; (c) Cattle; (d) Farmers.

2. Bats flit around Hilly Fields from dusk onwards. Which is the most common bat to be seen?

(a) Common pipistrelle; (b) Great pipistrelle; (c) Little pipistrelle; (d) Pied pipistrelle.

3. Which new walking route passes through Hilly Fields, Ladywell Fields and One Tree Hill?

(a) The Green Park Path; (b) The Nordic Hike; (c) The Parakeet Way; (d) The Three Peaks Trail.

4. Where in Hilly Fields can you find a pirate ship, a train and a yellow spider?

(a) In the cafe; (b) in the children’s playground; (c) at the Forest School; (d) in the wood.

5. Which annual local festival is partly based at Hilly Fields?

(a) BrockFest; (b) Brockley Mash-up; (c) Brockley Max; (d) Brockstock.

6. Which sports club using Hilly Fields records the achievements of the ‘Unknown Athlete’?

(a) Francis Drake Bowls Club; (b) Futsal football club; (c) Hilly Fields Park Run; (d) Millfields Cricket Club.

7. Where is the location of St Norbert’s Gate on Hilly Fields?

(a) Children’s playground; (b) Eastern Road; (c) Prendergast School; (d) Stone Circle.

8. Somerset Redstreaks can be found on Hilly Fields in summer. What are they?

(a) Butterflies; (b) Cider apples; (c) Moths; (d) Orchids.

9. The Green Woodpecker can sometimes be heard calling on Hilly Fields. What is its call known as?

(a) the blether; (b) the hufflepuff; (c) the phooey; (d) the yaffle.

10. What was the original name of the Prendergast school building on Hilly Fields?

(a) Brockley Tech; (b) Hilly Fields Academy; (c) Lewisham Ladies College; (d) West Kent Grammar School.


  1. (d) Farmers.
  2. (a) Common Pipistrelle
  3. (d) The Three Peaks Trail.
  4. (b) In the children’s playground
  5.  (c) Brockley Max.
  6.  (c) Hilly Fields Park Run. (http://www.parkrun.org.uk/hillyfields/results/eventhistory/)
  7. (d) Stone Circle.
  8. (b) Cider apples.
  9. (d) The yaffle. (Anyone remember Professor Yaffle in Bagpuss?)
  10. (d) West Kent Grammar School.