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Recent events on the Site
Small groups of children from St William of York have made regular visits to the site enjoying learning about growing fruit and veg, the importance of bees and getting more of a feel of the local area and placement with the magnificent views from the top of the hill in a lovely safe environment.
Photo Essay over the next 6 months, at allotment site.
Photojournalism BA Honours Student at The London College of Communication, Undertaking a Photo Essay as part of a degree and have decided to focus on sustainability and community in South East London. The Student is really impressed with the diversity of the Allotments and the sense of community is portrayed alongside promoting sustainability, so they are visiting on a regular basis, to document the site.
Slow Worms Monitoring
As part of surveying the area of One Tree Hill, Daniel Greenwood (London Wildlife Trust) and Bill Whitaker (Amphibian & Reptile Conservation) have visited the site and will be able to come back to help us set up slow worm refuges as part of this long term monitoring.
Sunday November 6th 2011
a warm evening for this time of year it is normally quite cold, the usual escapade of trying to light the bonfire involving a number of plot holders trying a variety of ignition methods on a damp pile. It was not long in getting going this year to warm up the 40 plus attendees. we had 2 firework shows and a number of plot holders undertaking a BBQ in dark !
A class from Fairlawn school, came on an overcast day in autumn to have a look around the site. Focus was on what was still growing and what you could still harvest despite the harvest time has ended. Found Kale, leeks , brocolli, artichokes all growing. Even some nasursuims where sampled. As it was October and apple harvest time, we mashed and pressed apples into fresh juice.
Apple Pressing day
Saturday October 1st 2011
A beautiful sunny day to press about 6 wheel barrows of apples sourced for local back gardens -otherwise they will go to waste.
Had about 50 plus helpers including some from Brockley Transaction town and from various ethnic groups. Plenty of juice was drunk by the willing helpers and the remainder is fermenting way for Cider for communal events.
Sunday September 11th 2011
Graced by fine weather we had a steady number of visitors, the local bee keeper was on site, a plot holder donated a barrow load of apples, in which one plot holder brought their press so plenty of fresh juice for everyone to enjoy.
We had local film maker, along with Actors and crew on site over a weekend. Making afil about an elderly mans reflections on life, while he attends his plot.
Forest Hill Society Photo Competition
the overall winning picture came from Yomsa, which showed Honor Oak in warmer times, with a well composed, black and white picture of One Tree Hill Allotments in the summer.
Sunday 19 September 2010
Walking bus visit
Wednesday 15 June 11
The whole of St William of York Primary school took part in the charity Brake’s road safety national event. This is part of our Kids Say Slow Down campaign and raises awareness of the dangers of traffic and how beneficial it is to walk. The children all walked with local police from the school in a circuitous route to Honor Oak Recreation ground – right next to the allotment site. There they played and the ones who need a ‘comfort stop’ were able to use the OTHAS compost toilet as the Receation Ground does not have its own facilities. This proved an interesting learning experience and challenge for some of the pupils who had never used one before. Many were intrigued, some quietly horrified and some wary of the deep pit underneath. However, the environmental benefits of a no water system were experienced first hand! A definite talking point!
Southwark Councils Southwark in Bloom awards
OTHAS were awarded a Silver prize!
The judges were most impressed with our increasing biodiversity encouraged by a full range of planting.
Apple Pressing Afternoon
24 October 2009
We had a lovely afternoon getting through 4 barrow fulls of apples (thanks to Iris). Matt Biggs of BBC Gardeners’ Question Time came along to find out more about the processing of apples into juice. An allotmenteer from Sydenham videoed the event and has posted it on the internet
Here is the link to 5 min video http://www.facebook.com/v/1183569082503
Lots of juice was processed and drunk.
We had a student (resident of Crofton Park) come and perform a study for her studies as an undergraduate degree of BSc Environmental Management. She visited our site a number of times along with other sites in the locality on bumble bees. She noted the greatest diversity of bumble bees was on the One Tree Hill site, Forest Hill.
Last updated 17 Jan 2012