Defrenefest 2019 – A joyous day out in the sunshine

Sydenham Garden’s summer festival at our market garden site on De Frene Road gets bigger and better every year, and 2019 was no exception.  Thanks to months of planning by our dedicated team, and an overwhelming amount of goodwill and support on the day from our co-workers and volunteer groups, the day was a brilliant…

Read more

Summer Festival #DeFreneFest17

  The Summer Festival, SE26’s very own smash hit!   On Saturday 19th August our De Frene summer festival once again rocked SE26. Fresh from its debut year in 2016, this year’s event was even bigger and better. More than 500 people came through the door and just over £3,400 was raised taken. Music The…

Read more

The De Frene Summer Festival

Last year we had our first full festival at our new site, and while it was a cracker, we believe this year will be even better! With a range of exciting activities like: craft and traditional green wood working, “Have a go zone”, games, face painting, getting up close and personal with the chickens and pond life. There will also be lots to take from our plant sale and traditional preserves. We will have a wide range of food available on the day including pizza, BBQ, crepes, paella, and of course tea, coffee and homemade cakes!

Read more

Our New Bug Hotel at De Frene

A very big thank you to everyone who attended our Community Volunteer Day on Saturday! We created a fantastic bug hotel! Our task was to build a new bug hotel in our wildlife area. We also improved the area through planting and tidying. The finished article was fantastic. We are sure to start seeing some…

Read more

Beautiful Willow Lanterns

Our Growing Lives Project have been busy making beautiful Willow Lanterns. As dusk comes earlier and earlier this time of year the need for lighting became pressing. Last year we installed bright LED lights powered by solar. This year we’ve made them much more pleasing to the eye! Much more than just aesthetics! There is…

Read more

Community Volunteer Days – September Apple Day

A big thank you to everyone who attended our apple focused Community Volunteer Day on Saturday! We made a great start on the apple harvest. Everyone enjoyed our earth oven pizzas and delicious freshly pressed apple juice too. The last Community Volunteer Day of 2016 is on Saturday 15th October. Please join us, especially because…

Read more

Summer Festival fun, in the wind, rain and sun!

The dust has settled on shin-dig that will live long in our memory. Having historically run fete type events, this was our first step into the world of entertainment. Yes: this was Festival fun

Read more

De Frene Summer Festival – Let’s celebrate!

Come to our Community Market Garden Summer Festival. An afternoon of fun in the sun for all! This year we have decided to have our first full festival at our new site, and we believe it is going to be a cracker. With a range of exciting activities like: craft and traditional green wood working,…

Read more

Only 18 days to go until the De Frene Summer Festival …

There has been a lot happening at our De Frene Market Garden site over the last couple of months, and there are only 18 days to go until the festival Our bees are settling in well in preperation for the festival. We’ve been learning all the essentials of bee-keeping under the watchful eye of our…

Read more

De Frene summer close up photos

Summer close up photos from our De Frene site These stunning summer close up photos were taken by a co-worker on their mobile phone. De Frene really is in full bloom right now.

Read more