Walworth Community Gardening Network

Walworth Community Gardening Network Conference - Report
Please find the report from the recent sun-drenched Walworth CGN conference below.

If you or fellow residents would like any support in setting up or running a Community Garden, please contact Vince at vincebrown@walworthcgn.co.uk


Walworth Community Gardening Network Conference - 21st April 2018

Interested in community gardening in Walworth? Come along to the FREE inaugural WCGN conference. Just come along on the day to Walworth Garden or let us know in advance by emailing Vince Brown at vincebrown@walworthcgn.co.uk OR phoning him on 07401-552139.



Launch September 2017

We are delighted to announce that the Walworth Society has received funding from United St Saviour's Charity to support community gardening across the Walworth and Elephant & Castle area over the next two years. The new Walworth Community Gardening Network (Walworth CGN) aims to bring together the wealth of growing and gardening talent that exists across our area so that everyone can learn from each other and help each other grow. 
The Walworth CGN will encourage and support neighbouring gardening groups to come together locally for joint on-site training, share resources, and expand the network of local volunteers.  To start the gardening year, each Spring the CGN will bring together Walworth/Elephant & Castle community gardeners to learn and gain help from experts and plan their planting for the summer.
Towards the end of the summer, the CGN will run a Walworth/Elephant-wide Garden Show with fun events, expert advice, and where each garden group can show its produce and attract new volunteers. Throughout the summer, a regular newsletter and local events will help gardening groups keep in touch with what is going on and provide a forum for learning and mutual help.
The Walworth CGN has come about as a result of the work of the Elephant & Walworth Neighbourhood Forum which identified community gardening as an area for focus in the Walworth and Elephant & Castle area. This project is an initiative of the Walworth Society and is only possible due to the generous support of the United St Saviours Charity, but it is the property of the community gardeners of Southwark. Spring 2018 will see the first and founding conference of Walworth Community Gardening Network. Open to all local community gardeners, and to all those that would like to build a gardening group on their estate or street, or connected to their community group or GP surgery.
The founding conference will not just decide how the network is organised and run, but will start the growing year with expert speakers and discussion on how to plan, grow and run a community garden; how to attract volunteers in a diverse and multicultural locality; how to attract and support gardeners with additional needs; and how to fund and sustain a gardening group into the future.
If you or your gardening group would like to get involved or find out more, do get in touch with Vince Brown the Walworth CGN Project Manager by phone on 07401-552139 or by email at vincebrown@walworthcgn.co.uk

Community Gardening Crampton St with Oli Haden from Walworth Garden (photo Diana Cochrane)

Walworth CGN supported by United St Saviour's Charity

Walworth Society - May News

The latest news from the Walworth Society has been completely overshadowed by the death of Toby Eckersley who passed away last weekend. Toby was a pillar of Southwark life having stood as a Councillor in Dulwich between 1977 and 1986 and then again from 1990 to 2014. He was also closely involved in the Walworth Society from its inception in 2012 and attended many of our meetings helping keep us on the straight and narrow. There is a very nice and informative article about his life in Southwark News at:




and from James Hatts at the London SE1 community website at:




1. Walworth Society Monthly Meeting – Thursday 10th May 7pm. The notes from our meeting are below. Our June meeting will be held on Thursday 7th June - 7pm 155 Walworth Road.


2. Flowerful Elephant. The Chelsea Show comes to South London! Events from the Chelsea Fringe in Elephant Park on Saturday 26th May.


3. Tatum Street East Walworth Events. News from Fausto at Pembroke House. For more info contact: fausto.llopis@pembrokehouse.org.uk

"Tatum St Events Team is working hard these days to be able to deliver two events this summer. If you are keen to join as a participant or as a collaborator, please save the date and be in touch.

  • SAT 30th of June, from 12 to 3pm, a small gathering where we will have cookery lessons, poetry, and production of crafts to be showcased at the bigger street party in July. Address: Pembroke House, 80 Tatum St.


  • SAT 28th of July, Tatum St Party from 12 to 5pm, where we will take over the street in front of Pembroke House and invite the talents and smiles of people in the area to shine and celebrate together.

In addition, bear in mind that we are offering training on community organising skills to enable people to be active in their communities, so let me know if that is something that might interest you. 

Read local stories here:  https://issuu.com/faustollopis/docs/voices_of_east_walworth
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4. News from the Friends of Nursery Row Park about activities over the summer and SAVE THE DATE Sat 19th May.

We hope you have been enjoying the sun and seeing spring come to Nursery Row Park and the meadow start to flower!

The farm is coming to Nursery Row Park on 19th May 13:00 to 16:30. with our friends from Surrey Docks Farm, birds of prey from First Class Falconry, a Dog Show with the Dogs Trust (registration from 1pm, all dogs welcome!) and Gardeners Question Time with the Walworth Community Gardening Network (bring your gardening posers to the team!), as well as a bee hive from Bee Urban, with creative activities, face painter and Micky the Magician and refreshments - everything is free. We're really grateful for the contribution from Southwark Council's Summer Festival Fund towards this event. Flyer attached - please save the date and help pass the word around.
We hope you like the new hedge planted by volunteers along the border of Winch and Jardin Houses, mulched and roaring into leaf. We'll be watering it regularly this and next year to make sure it establishes well. Our thanks also to Amelia Rabin and Anne Alagbe at University of the Arts London, at the Elephant, who have been kindly working very hard to help us transform our website - watch this space!



5. Newington Gallery Show. News of a forthcoming show at the Newington Gallery (155 W Rd)




9. News Snippets!
1. An exhibition opens on May 25th (until 28th October) at the Museum of London Docklands that features the Roman sarcophagus that was found near to Harper Road in Southwark in 2017.

Full details: https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands/whats-on/exhibitions/roman-dead

2. London History Day.

May 31st is London History Day 2018 when more than 70 of London's museums, galleries and cultural spaces will open their doors to reveal special behind the scenes tours, rarely seen exhibits and one off events, celebrating the capital's unique identity.

Details: https://historicengland.org.uk/get-involved/visit/london-history-day/

3. Time Out Awards. Thanks to everyone who voted for The Cinema Museum in the Time Out Awards. It has been voted the most loved cultural spot by Londoners. Congratulations to Katharine, Martin and the team


4. Stories about the Reverend Horsley, Victorian rector of St. Peter's Church

Many thanks to Tom Hughes for letting us know about this blog post about the Reverend Horsley.


5. St George the Martyr - Archive View. St George the Martyr are offering an evening view of their current archive projects on May 10th at 6-7.30pm

6. Current Planning Applications.

The Southwark Council Planning portal is now:


a) The planning application is now live for the Crampton Street Sorting Office. The number is 18/AP/0737 and we will discuss it at Thursday's meeting.

b) The Gym Group at 332-344 Walworth Road have put in an application for illuminated signs (18/AP/1244) which appears to be part of an arms race on the Walworth Road whereby after dark everything will soon be lit up with a million LED lights. We will discuss this on Thursday too. This appears to be in contravention of the Adopted W Rd Conservation Area Appraisal which says two things that appear relevant here (5.3.12 Advertisements)

The preferred form of projecting sign is a traditional hanging sign, possibly externally illuminated. Fascia or projecting signs that consist of large internally illuminated boxes are not acceptable, especially where they obscure architectural features or are too visually dominant for the overall elevation.

The use of upper floors for businesses should not be allowed to result in a proliferation of signs on the elevation: however, simple lettering perhaps on a screen behind the window or affixed direct to the window pane, need not spoil the elevation.

This application appears in contravention of both of these points.


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