Your Nature Reserve needs YOU!

Unfortunately our beautiful nature reserve has been suffering anti-social behaviour.

Together with the constant waste thrown from Azile Everitt House, this spate of ASB has meant members having to give the site extra TLC over the last few months. The regular monthly clean-ups on the last Saturday of the month have not really been able to keep pace. We have sent the CWP workers over there a couple of times since we did our "deep clean" last year and I have repaired the fencing rails that suffered vandalism.

We have requested help from the SNT and they have promised to patrol the area but they are not on duty late at night.

What you can do:

If you get a chance to take a walk through the reserve in your spare time, do take a bag and a litter-picker.

It would be good to increase the numbers at the regulat clean-ups. It is a beautiful site and now Spring is coming it will be looking especially lovely. Do come along at 11am on the last Saturday of the month, if you can.

If you hear or see bad behaviour in the site please call the police on 101.

If you see evidence of a fire in the log circles, please let me know.

Three Green Flag applications for 2016!

I have put in three applications for the Green Flag Community Award this year. The progress in Workhouse Wood has been so good (see below) that I was sure it deserves recognition in this year's round.

Great progress at
Workhouse Wood

The CWP workers have put a lot of work into creating the paths. Now we need money to progress the project, but unfortunately we did not get the Tesco grant I applied for. The application system was a bit cock-eyed. For the first stage they asked only for budget details, then failed to ask for any more information in spite of a raft of phone calls and emails asking when they would do so. Then they declined a grant on account of the fact we hadn't demonstrated sufficient need! So frustrating. I'm now completing two more applications. Fingers crossed.

I am very keen to get more cover for when I really need to do paid work! Only three people responded to my last plea. Do take a look here:
and let me know if you can help out.

Meanwhile, look at the pictures of our progress below:

Plumstead Live! will go ahead this year on June 19th.
Plumstead Make Merry will be the week before on June 11th
We will be doing the litter management again
and we will have a stall.

So save the dates!

Spiral Garden

Since the picture on the left was taken, the garden created by PCEG for the community has suffered regrettable neglect. Greenwich Housing would not allow any access to the site until certain H&S issues were addressed. I am pleased to say that Kevin Godby of Art Plumstead (whom I recommended to Housing should be allowed to adopt the site way back at the beginning of last year) was independently offered the site to garden under the auspices of GCDA!
If you would like to grow food in Spiral Garden, contact Kevin through GCDA or Art Plumstead.

If anybody should spot a denim zipped money pouch around Plumstead Common please contact


We bought a copy of Charles Booth's notebooks on The Streets of London, published in the late19C.

This is what he said about Plumstead:

"Plumstead is dull and ordinary outwardly but it is remarkable in many ways . . . The streets are straight and the roads are empty and clean, except when the children tumble out of school and leave a litter of small paper bags which once held pennyworths of sweets or fruit."

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