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…

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Growing Lives News!

Good Growing Lives news! The Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund will be funding our Growing Lives project for the next 3 years! This was the final piece of the financial puzzle, after commitments from a number of other funders towards the project. This welcome news means the project will continue for at least another 3…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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.

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Planting Lettuce in the snow…

The weather on Tuesday didn’t deter our Growing Lives group as we continued planting out salad crops for the Sydenham Garden salad bag scheme. The weather on Tuesday didn’t deter our Growing Lives group as we continued to plant out salad crops for the Sydenham Garden salad bag scheme. We’ve also been installing “Leaky Hose”…

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The Chicken coop has arrived!

Last week we had a great time assembling our new chicken coop at our De Frene Site We hope to get our first chickens by the end of May. We will mainly be getting rescued battery farm hens but are also planning to get a couple of Buff Orpingtons, a heritage breed local to this…

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Weekly Salad Bags (our veg box scheme) from Growing Lives

This Wednesday (25th Nov) we will launch our weekly Salad Bags, our version of a veg box scheme, produced at Growing Lives Currently this scheme is fully subscribed. We aim to increase capacity and take new customers in March After 10 months of hard work everyone here at Growing Lives are very excited to announce we will…

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