Eighty of us gathered outside Crossways Church as Hollywood gathered inside the forest. Access was restricted as zombies and explosions rocked the urban idyl but we found a dark secluded glade off Heygate Street for Nigel of Bermondsey to perform his suit of songs called Ghosts of London and for ghost stories from the metropolis told by Vanessa Woolf, a modern version of the shiver-making classic ‘The Old Nurses Tale’ set on the Heygate in 2010 during the time everyone was being moved out.
Creative Forest with London Environmental Education Forum: Ideas and activities to celebrate the year of Forests in London. A day for learning creative and sensory activities to deliver to schools and community groups.
Harvest feast in the Crossways Forest Garden. More BBQ paella, allotment grub, puddings from the congregation of Crossways Church, bread baked from an earth oven and two stoves making chutney from green tomatoes. What an afternoon! Read the blog post and see pics here
An evening of talk and discussion from three fantastic grassroots campaigners.
Amisha Ghadiali: Founder of Think Act Vote
Richard Reynolds: Founder of GuerrillaGardenning.org
Nadia Idle: Activism and Outreach for War On Want and author of Tweets from Tahir
On a beautiful September evening two giant paellas were cooked on BBQs and enjoyed by eighty or so of us.
The second Forest Screen was the documentary of Juliette de Bairacli Levy, herbalist, author, traveller and pioneer of holistic veterinary medicine, (in other words veggy dog food). A policevan of tourch bearing officers turned up but didn’t stay around for more than a few minutes (not their kind of film I think).
Xavier Hamon of the Bat Conservation Trust came to help us detect bats in the forest and we found several Pipistrelles and at least one Noctule, the largest of the native bats. Read the full blog entry of this fascinating evening of discovery here
As dusk fell on the full moon lit forest guests emerged from the trees carrying their offering. Tupperware popped open with prepared salads, the flames of the BBQ lapped chorizo and forest allotmenteers carried off plates to harvest fresh salad leaves and nasturtium flowers. About sixty of us at peak feast time kicked back on the grassy banks in the centre of ‘Allotment Phase 3’ until the early hours with a musical backdrop of LPs that took us to the swinging 1930s via Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions and concluded with the inappropriately timed soundtrack to Sunburn.
What was planned as a party to celebrate the completion of the London Guerrilla Gardening lavender harvest bloomed into something far bigger. The harvest was actually cancelled due to drizzle but the party went ahead and we had two bands, three DJs, a massive sound system and a great crowd dancing into the early hours in peace while London starting rioting outside.
David Blair of the London Orchard Project came to share his work with Londonders spotting, mapping and harvesting fruit trees. If you’d like to help spot, map and harvest fruit trees in the Elephant and Castle Urban Forest (check the maps section to see the expanse of the forest frontier) then get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org