Breakspears Mews Community Garden


About us

Breakspears Mews Community Garden is a shared green space that has been planned, designed, built and maintained by a core group of volunteers for the use and enjoyment of all Brockley’s community. We started in 2013 with a handful of raised beds (see below for more about our history), and since then more beds have been added. With additional funding from the Brockley Assembly Mayor’s Fund we also now have a greenhouse! We grow vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers.

We are keen to attract both beginners and experienced growers – we still have a lot to learn! There are always lots of jobs to be done some involving heavy work for those that enjoy a workout along with gentle sowing, weeding and picking. There’s also a lot of talking and meeting new people! All produce picked during sessions is shared amongst those who have come along.

The garden is open to members at all times, and to the garden’s friends and the public at advertised times.

The Garden is located on Breakspears Mews, just off Ashby Road, SE4. You can also access it from the rear of St Peter’s Court, 29-31 Wickham Road, SE4.

 

Activities

Broccoli… in Brockley!

We are keen to attract both beginners and experienced growers – we have still a lot to learn! There are always lots of jobs to be done some involving heavy work for those that enjoy a workout along with gentle sowing, weeding and picking. There’s also a lot of talking and meeting new people!

Regular activities during the growing season include Open Sessions and a Gardening Club for Seniors. We welcome visits from school groups, and we have also recently teamed up with the Brockley Cross Action Group (BXAG) to re-establish and replant the old communal edible garden and the mini meadow areas at Brockley Common (beside Brockley station).

All produce picked during sessions is shared amongst those who have come along! 

 

Open Sessions

During the growing season, we try to run Open Sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Sundays alternating between the morning and afternoon. Occasionally we will open on Saturdays. Please sign up for our regular email notifications to be kept up to date on sessions (see address at the bottom of this page). NB: In the event of heavy rain, sessions may be cancelled.

Senior Gardening Club

The garden is an oasis of peace, quiet and togetherness. During spring and early summer we run a regular drop in Senior Gardening Club for older people. For spring /summer 2018 there will be 8 sessions: every Thursday from 10am to 12.30pm, starting on Thursday April 12th and running until Thursday May 31st. We will provide gardening tools, seeds, tea, coffee and biscuits.

All Seniors are welcome: no gardening experience required, and no need to book. You can come along to all sessions, some, or just one. We will provide gardening tools, seeds, tea, coffee and biscuits. Try to bring some gardening gloves if you can (cheap gloves can be bought in the Lewisham pound shops!), and remember to wear appropriate footwear as it can get muddy and slippery. Please mention the sessions to your elderly friends and neighbours, and we hope to see you there! NB: In the event of heavy rain, sessions may be cancelled.

Brockley Station edible garden and mini-meadow

We have also recently teamed up with the Brockley Cross Action Group (BXAG) to re-establish and replant the old communal edible garden and the mini meadow areas at Brockley Common (beside Brockley station). The first session will be on Sunday 8th April 2018, from 1pm until 5pm, with (hopefully) a second session a week later on Sunday 15th April.

The BXAG will provide all tools and gloves, along with refreshments in the Broca. Just bring some warm clothing and proper footwear! It’s a great opportunity to meet other local people, have some gardening fun, and keep up the momentum of the much-needed greening of Brockley Common! So spread the word, and bring a friend!

School visits

We love talking about the Garden to anyone who is interested, and have already been visited by several classes from local schools. Children love to find out about plants and food, and especially enjoy having a go at digging and picking. To find out more about a visit, please contact us at our address (see below).

 

Community Garden Guiding Principles

  • Garden organically (pesticides should not be used on the site)
  • Encourage more people to get involved
  • Don’t leave rubbish on the site and please leave as you would like to find a garden
  • Have fun!

 

History of the Community Garden

In 2010 local residents approached the Brockley Society for help on action to curb rubbish dumping and the anti-social behavior that had plagued Breakspears Mews for 15 years. Showing dogged determination a core team with the help of local residents arranged meetings with the relevant Council agencies, and after much discussion Planning Permission for Change of Use to a Community Garden was granted in May 2012.

The core team went on to negotiate a Lease with Lewisham Council, funding was awarded from the local Brockley Assembly Mayor’s Fund, without which the garden would not exist in its present form.

The Lease was signed and the rubbish cleared on 8th March 2013. A team moved in to erect prebuilt beds which volunteers helped to line and fill with drainage material and soil. Since then, hundreds of volunteer hours have gone into developing and maintaining the space as a unique resource for green-fingered locals!

Location of Breakspears Mews Community Garden

Location of Breakspears Mews Community Garden

Details

Contact Us by email at:

Location: We are in the heart of the Brockley Conservation Area, next to one of the railway cuttings.

Access to Breakspears Mews is via Ashby Road, SE4 1UW.

Or from the rear of St Peter’s Court, 29-31 Wickham Road, SE4 1NE.