Brockley Cross Action Group

Brockley Cross Action Group look after Brockley Station Community Gardens in Coulgate Street, Lewisham SE4. Our volunteers have developed the Gardens over many years as a haven for wildlife and a space for the local community to connect with nature.

Image of a bee at Brockley Station Community Gardens

There are birds in the woodland and a great variety of insects in the flower beds and meadow. Insects such as bees, wasps, butterflies, hoverflies, moths, and beetles play an important part as pollinators in our ecosystem. Our mission is to show how a community garden, people and nature can co-exist and thrive in the city. We love seeing the garden develop and the pleasure it brings to people.

We work across three areas:

  • Community –  to increase positive engagement by providing activities, opportunities to get involved and community space
  • Biodiversity – to increase biodiversity on the site, working with the natural environment to create space for nature
  • Wellbeing – to support enhancing people’s mental health and wellbeing through connection to nature
Image of lettuce being growing at Brockley Station Community Gardens
Image of vegetables growing at Brockley Station Community Gardens

This year our team of volunteers created a new area called the Kitchen Garden, with a small grant of support from London National Park City via Right Thing Media. The idea was to create an area where edible herbs and vegetables grow that people can pick and use. It’s a fun, interactive & healthy initiative putting people at the heart of the Garden. It further shows our commitment to creating a haven for wildlife and people in the heart of Brockley. 

A priority in the design of the space was ensuring it allowed access for wheelchair users. The volunteer team created raised beds for the new plants, vegetables, and herbs, using natural materials to enhance the space.

Preparing the beds with compost and mulch, followed by the planting itself which includes lettuce, thyme, chives, lemon balm, rosemary, sage, squash and sorel.

We have added additional seating to the area made of natural materials. The final part to the project was our new Kitchen Garden signage. It’s wonderful to see so many people use the space to sit, enjoy nature and engage with other members of the local community. It really is a brilliant new addition to the gardens.

View of Brockley Cross Kitchen Garden

How to get involved? 

The mental and physical benefits of gardening cannot be underestimated from meeting people, being outside, making friends to seeing the results of creating an all-year round haven for everyone to enjoy.

We’re a local group bringing the community together to enjoy the benefits of gardening and the place we live in.

We meet every fortnight on a Sunday throughout the year and the group is open to all.

Our activities are all year round and you get to be involved in the seasonal changes of the gardens.

There is no experience in gardening needed and equipment is provided! We post a sign outside the gardens of the dates that we meet.

Do have a look at the Brockley Cross Action Group website – more information can be found about the gardens including next meeting dates.

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