Thursday, 14 November 2013


Don't forget we have a WINTER WORKSHOP on tomorrow at Grow Mayow Community Garden.
On the Menu...

We will be making Rosehip & Crab Apple Jelly as well as fresh bread if we can get the cob oven hot enough.
We may also have a go at making Grape Jam and/or Pear & Red Onion Relish if there are enough participants.
Please do let me know if you can make it, so I can keep track of numbers.
Nominal fee to cover costs.
Please bring your own apron if you have one.
Love Vera
@ Grow Mayow Community Garden
Dates for your diary
Each workshop will incur a small charge to cover costs & places are limited so please do let me know of your interest in your preferred dates.
All workshops will be held at Grow Mayow Community Garden. 10.30am - 4.30pm (approx)
Friday 15th
Thursday 28th
Tues 10th
Friday 27th
JANUARY (2014)
Thursday 9th
Monday 20th

On the menu....
Rosehip & Crab Apple Jelly
Membrillo (quince cheese)
Pear & Red Onion Relish
Fruit Jams & Butters
Apple Chutney
Rosehip Syrup
Grape Jam
Chilli Jam
Butter & Bread
Hope to see you there.
Love Vera

Monday, 21 October 2013

Planned harvesting & foraging events for 22nd -- 31st OCTOBER

OCTOBER EVENTS 22nd - 31st

TUESDAY 22nd AM: Pear picking in SE23 Brockley rise area. This will be an early harvest to start at 9am. Meet at 8.45am on Brockley Rise

TUESDAY 22nd AM/PM: Grow wild are having a special day event. This will start earlier than normal at 11am, meet at Peckham Library for a forage in the meadows then on to cook with the produce at the kitchen in New Cross SE14. They will possibly be cooking additional recipes with previously harvested fruits. This event workshop may be accompanied by a film crew.

THURSDAY 24th AM: Harvest of apple tree/s in Honor Oak area. Possibly more than one garden (tbc)

FRIDAY 25th AM: Apple garden harvest in SE23 10.30

SATURDAY 26th AM: Garden harvest in Honor Oak/Hornimans area with several apple trees. Call or email me for exact meeting place at 10.15am

SUNDAY 27th AM: Another chance to gather chestnuts in Greenwich Park Advice provided on how to differentiate between Horse & Sweet chestnut trees and nuts. Recipes may also be provided, but these will also be posted on the website prior to the event.
As last week, we will aim to meet just before 11am, ready for a short introduction and be ready to kick off our collecting at 11am. The event is expected to last several hours depending on weather conditions and how much fruit people want to collect.
As usual, we plan to bring a close to the event by toasting each others good health & sharing foraging tales in a local public house (yet to be decided).
Sturdy footwear is a must. Gloves are optional, but recommended.--- we will be going as the storm is not predicted to start until the evening!!
Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing for all events and as always... Bring your OWN BAGS!!

FRIDAY 1st NOVEMBER: 10.30-4.30 Quince Day workshop at Grow Mayow - Please contact me for booking info. Nominal fee will apply to cover costs, but you do get to take some produce home. Limited places!! Please book early.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013


SUNDAY 20TH & (due to popular demand)
I will be providing free recipes for those who have no idea on what to do with the CHESTNUTS once collected.
The activity is great fun and suitable for most ages.
Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy shoes. Walking/hiking boots are highly recommended. Thick/gardening gloves may be useful.
We will be going no matter the weather - unless its torrential rain
Meeting points will be at...

with an estimated meeting time of 11am at Blackheath.
The chestnut hunt will be expected to last approximately 2-3 hours
with a possible pub visit somewhere local afterwards
Please contact me for specific meeting points & times
As always... Bring your own bags!

a link for some wonderful chestnut recipes

Sunday, 13 October 2013

fruit harvesting events for October 2013

PLANNED EVENTS for OCTOBER -- 13th - 20th
As with all events, please do call/text/email me for more details & do bring your own bags!!

SUN 20th 11.30AM: Chestnut foraging at Greenwich Park. Meeting points at Forest Hill, Lewisham Station and Blackheath (Shooters Hill)
SAT 19th AM: Albion Millenium Green Orchard Walk  Meet at Forest Hill Station @ 11am
SAT 19th PM:We will be meeting at the Honor Oak Aerial site and visiting a nearby garden which had 6 different varieties of Apple trees. Bring picking picks if you have, or can borrow.

FRI 18th AM: Pear tree harvest in Honor Oak Park area. Meet at 9.30am
FRI 18th NOON: Harvest of 2 apple trees, also in Honor Oak Park. Time TBC
FRI 18th PM: Possibility of attending 2 garden in the same rd, local to the earlier harvests. (TBC)
THURS 17th Morning: We will be visiting 2 adjacent gardens behind Hornimans Museum that has several apples trees. Meet at 9.30am
THURS 17th Afternoon: We will be vising a garden in New Cross. Meet at 2pm
SUN 13th Some of us are heading over to One Tree Hill / Brenchley Gardens early afternoon, to look for sloes and some late blackberries. Contact me for meeting place.

SE23 ORCHARD WALK Saturday 18th Oct 11am


Saturday 19th October is Orchard Day in Forest Hill and Sydenham. Join a guided walk by local historian Steve Grindlay around four community gardens and nature reserves entirely looked after by volunteers.
The tour starts from Forest Hill station at 11am, arriving in Albion Millennium Green at 11.30 for a spot of tree planting, thence to Mayow Park in Sydenham, tollowed by a stop at De Frene Road, a food growing space run by the amazing Sydenham Garden. Perfect for an autumn morning!


How to harvest a fruit tree, courtesy of the BBC & Abundance London

A short film by the BBC when they visited Abundance London to see how its done