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Author: Jorella Andrews

I am the current chair of Albion Millennium Green Trust
Teatro Vivo’s “COMMON” ends with a party on the Green

Teatro Vivo’s “COMMON” ends with a party on the Green

Between 7-12 May, the wonderful TEATRO VIVO have been using Albion Millennium Green to culminate their multi-site production, COMMON. It is about the 400 year history of what was once Sydenham (or Westwood) Common. You can find out more about that history here. Starting in Wells Park, the performance stopped off at locations along Wells Park Road, in Baxter Field, and off Round Hill (by local landmark, St Antholin’s Spire, now in the middle of a 1960’s housing estate). These…

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A peaceful view from the Labyrinth

A peaceful view from the Labyrinth

Today (May 4th) is World Labyrinth Day. Today, many people around the world walk around an outdoor or indoor labyrinth in a meditative physical prayer for world peace. You can find out more here. Pictured here, is the Green – bathed in glorious sunshinI took the photograph from the centre of our labyrinth during a peaceful walk of my own.

What a difference a week (or two) makes!

What a difference a week (or two) makes!

Spring is definitely my favourite season! Change in the form of new growth can be so rapid. Currently we have lots of bluebells – we have a mix of English and Spanish on the Green – the lilac is out, and we also spotted a couple of isolated cowslips. I was particularly pleased to see that the site that had been damaged last year is now flourishing. It had been set on fire by person or persons unknown. But the…

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Daffodils … a lot of mud … and a plea to our visitors

Daffodils … a lot of mud … and a plea to our visitors

The snowdrops we planted last year made a showing a few weeks back. This was lovely to see. Daffodils are currently in bloom and there are many other early signs of spring. Sadly though much of the Green is muddy and in places water logged. Over the last year, areas that were grassy – notably our designated area of meadowland and our central seating area – have become progressively depleted of grass and are now in poor condition. The Friends…

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Thank you, Amber Tree Care!

Thank you, Amber Tree Care!

This Autumn the Friends and Trustees of Albion Millennium Green commissioned local tree surgeons Amber Tree Care to carry out a survey (a health check) of the trees on the Green. This is something that we will continue to do every couple of years. The survey indicated that one dead elm tree, three dead silver birch trees and one snapped silver birch tree would need to be felled to a short, safe height above ground level. Dead and dangerous branches…

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A Charity Workday on the Green – Thank you Pegasus Group!

A Charity Workday on the Green – Thank you Pegasus Group!

“As someone who lives in south London, I understand the importance of places like the Green and how somewhere which offers such a natural escape can be hard to come by. It is rewarding to know that the work we did will help ensure the Green continues to be enjoyed by both local residents and wildlife.” – Harry, Heritage Consultant On Friday 17th November, Claire Gayle, a Friend of Albion Millennium Green, brought ten colleagues from the Pegasus Group for…

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A Quiet May Day Celebration

A Quiet May Day Celebration

For May Day this year: a quiet celebration with Maria Strutz, who created our labyrinth in 2013 — 10 years ago! Last December it was renovated, with as little intervention as possible, by our trustee, Bruno Roubicek. After some experimentation, we decided on the simple use of gravel to better define the path. This means that if and as hot or dry weather causes the labyrinth’s grassy areas to disappear, its winding structure will still be visible and walkable. The…

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Frogs and frogspawn galore!

Frogs and frogspawn galore!

Lots of frog and frogspawn sightings in our pond – do come and take a look! These are common frogs. One way you can tell that these are frogs rather than toads is by their spawn which appears in cloudy clumps. You can find out more about telling frogs and toads apart by reading this Woodland Trust article.

Early Signs of Spring (January Workday)

Early Signs of Spring (January Workday)

On the second Saturday of each month we hold Workdays on the Green to which all are welcome. Join us at the Albion Villas Road entrance at 10.30 am, making sure you are wearing strong  shoes or boots and have a good pair of gardening gloves to protect your hands. Do also bring any small hand tools you may have. This month (as well as the usual litter-picking) we focused on clearing areas of bramble. While bramble flowers are a…

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