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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, one of the Friends of Albion Millennium Green, Claire Gayle, brought ten of her colleagues from…

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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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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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We’ve had a 7-circuit classical labyrinth on the Green since May 2013. Local artist Maria Strutz designed it for an arts festival that was held on the Green (LEAF 2013). Maria created it using stones and twigs and it wasn’t expected to last beyond the festival. But moss and grass gradually gathered and helped stabilise the fragile structure. And Maria has given it a lot of ongoing care. In more recent years, though, with several spells of hot, dry weather,…

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Our July Butterfly Identification Walk

Our July Butterfly Identification Walk

Many thanks to Steve Bolton from Big City Butterflies for leading this fascinating event on the Green, which was open to all. The species spotted were Speckled Wood (the most common butterflies on the Green this summer) as well as Gatekeeper (pictured above), Small White and Large White. Other butterflies spotted this summer were the Holly Blue, Comma, Marbled White and the Jersey Tiger (moth).

Mud Club Fun on Albion Millennium Green!

Mud Club Fun on Albion Millennium Green!

On Saturday 9 July about 25 young Mud Club members had a day out on the Green. Mud Club is an outdoor arts and crafts session for children aged 3 and over. One of the club leaders, Ellie Weedman had this to say! “What a wonderful day we had! Our job today as a team was to put some magic into Albion Millennium Green!! We truely did! It was a magical 4 hrs of very busy fun and exploring! It…

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At Year’s End

At Year’s End

The end of year on the Green is somewhat waterlogged but there is much to celebrate. Thank you to everyone who enjoys the Green, and to our Friends, Trustees and other volunteers, for collectively making the Green a safe and refreshing haven over the last year. We are also grateful for the ongoing support we receive from Lewisham Council’s Nature Conservation team and those working for Greenscene, from Nature’s Gym, and many others. This October we again received a Green…

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Teatro Vivo’s ‘Tales from the Common’: An Artist’s Impressions

Teatro Vivo’s ‘Tales from the Common’: An Artist’s Impressions

Walter Hayn is an artist and part-time art teacher living in Penge. He has numerous social and community ties with friends in Forest Hill and has on many an occasion spent time drawing the trees and scenery at Albion Millennium Green. On 19 June, we invited him to record his impressions of Teatro Vivo’s “Tales from the Common” performances. Here is a selection – click on the blog title in order to see them in greater detail! All images are…

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‘Voicing’ Sydenham Common with Teatro Vivo

‘Voicing’ Sydenham Common with Teatro Vivo

Sydenham Common was a 500-acre plot of common land. It was enclosed between 1810 and 1819 and most of it was then built upon. Our Green (for a while, the site of a tennis club) is a mere 2.5 acre portion of it. But today, the Lewisham-based theatre company Teatro Vivo brought forgotten histories of the old Common back to life. In a series of short, interactive performances, the Common rose up to remind us of its great past, to…

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