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Monthly Archives: June 2009

Sunday 7 June 1- 6pm Open Day: Choumert Sq.

The Open Day that thinks it’s a Village Fete!
The annual summer event in Bellenden. All welcome.
A fabulous summer experience, not to be missed.

From The Residents of Choumert Square, SE15 4RE

The National Gardens Scheme 82nd ANNIVERSARY
Garden Open for Charity
– entrance off Choumert Grove, a few minutes from Peckham Rye station,
– one minute from Choumert/Chadwick car park.
Sunday 7 June 1pm – 6pm
Admission £2.50, Child 50p
Tea No Dogs Stalls will include….
* A Gourmet Tombola * Garden Plants * Afternoon Teas
* Wine and Beer * Books DVDs and CDs * Pimms Emporium
* Gift-Cards * Home-Made Cakes to buy * Bric-a-brac
* Face Painting * Art Exhibitions * Live Music
* The Peckham Society

From 1pm to 6pm
Choumert Square, built in the latter half of the 19th Century, presents to the visitor not a Square but a laneway of 46 tiny cottages leading to a communal `walled’ garden. The gardens of this secret Southwark street are amongst the tiniest it’s possible to tend! They’ve evolved over some twenty years, triggered initially by a few neighbours’ gardening passions that infected the enthusiasm of others. Today the Square gardens uniquely demonstrate how gardening unites a community.

The street is `divided’ into a sunny and shady side, and the gardens’ eco-climate (and planting) reflect this. Key features are the variety of roses growing in the Square, the mix of trees (including birch, willow, eucalyptus, acer and a dramatic robinia), and a colourful array of perennial border plants and annuals, many home-grown. The garden has been featured on BBC TV (Gardeners’ World three times) and on Channel 4, in numerous magazines and national press articles (including BBC Good Homes, Period Living, London Evening Standard, The Sunday Times and The Guardian).
In November 2007 our Square won one of the special 25 `Blooming Fantastic’ Awards which the Conservation Foundation bestows on those areas that have brought a Green awareness to corners of London. In August 2008 the Square received the Silver Gilt Award for Best Community Garden, Southwark in Bloom.

The Open Day is primarily about gardens and sharing with others our residents’ love of this little corner of the inner city; but it is also renowned for its demonstrable community spirit. Visitors will find themselves invited to sit and partake of a wide variety of refreshments in between purchasing delicious home-baked cakes, artwork, crafts, plants, books and photo mementoes of their visit.

Via wrought iron gates off Choumert Grove. Peckham Rye mainline station is visible from the gates [trains from London Bridge and London Victoria], & buses galore (12, 36, 37, 63, 78, 171, 312, 345) less than 10 mins walk. Car park 2 mins
About 46 mini gardens with maxi-planting in a Shangri-la situation that the media has described as a ‘Floral Canyon’, which leads to small communal ‘secret garden’. Open day has village fête atmosphere with many art stalls and delicious refreshments.
Adm £2.50, child 50p, (share to St Christopher’s Hospice) Lunches & Teas
Sun 7 June (1-6).
The National Gardens Scheme:

3 June OpenStreetMap in Peckham

Come and help complete the free Open Street Map of central Peckham on the evening of Weds 3rd June!
OpenStreetMap is a completely free map and database for the whole world, created by volunteers in a similar fashion to Wikipedia. The main web site has a nice friendly map that’s aimed at:
* pedestrians
* a great cycling version
The level of detail for much of Peckham is already far more useful than Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft maps. Because you can get at the underlying data and it’s all 100% free, local residents and community groups can create their own maps in any style, or use the data for any purpose.
Join a crowd of OpenStreetMap volunteers who will be descending on the area to gather the names of roads, the locations of green spaces, pubs, post boxes and more!
More info can be found here
Email Tom Chance: if you’re curious but confused!

BIG Music and creative arts Festival – planning mtg 3 June 7pm

After the HUGE success of the DOG DAY AFTERNOON in April, The Friends of Warwick Gardens have further funding to plan, organise and run a BIG Music and creative arts Festival in the park this autumn!
If you are interested in performing, or helping with planning this event please come along to our first planning meeting which will be held on
Wednesday 3rd June 7pm  
at The South London Tabernacle Church Hall Bushey Hill Road.
We want input from as many local residents as possible so please come along to find out more and how you can be involved.