On the map: new signage

On the map: new signage

You may have noticed recent additions to our local Forest Hill signage! Three ‘fingerpost’ signs have gone up directing residents and visitors to the Green. One is in front of WH Smiths near Forest Hill Station, one is at the bottom of Clyde Vale and the third is at the top of Albion Villas Road. We’re thankful to Jordan Ogbeide-Ihama at Greenscene – Parks and Open Spaces for the London Borough of Lewisham for organising this and hope that the…

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2020-21 Green Flag

2020-21 Green Flag

We’re pleased to report that despite the ‘lockdown’ challenges of the previous year, we are once again Green Flag Community Award recipients. The Green Flag Community Award recognises high quality green spaces in England and Wales managed by voluntary and community groups.

Easter on the Green / Primroses

Easter on the Green / Primroses

Yesterday, glorious sunshine prompted a visit to the Green and a quiet walk on our labyrinth. Thanks to the careful restorative work being carried out by Maria Strutz, this delicate structure of moss and grass on crumbling concrete is slowly recovering from last year’s dry summer and the usual rigors of winter. As I followed the labyrinth’s winding path my eyes were constantly drawn to a colourful patch of primroses (Primula vulgaris) growing nearby in amongst a tangle of long,…

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Spring on the Green: Elder trees and bushes

Spring on the Green: Elder trees and bushes

A first sign of Spring is new leaves opening on the Elder trees and bushes. There are several Elder Sambucus nigra trees on the Green, two very near the kissing gate from the railway path. How many others can you find? Recognise them by their pale brown twigs, with corky looking warts along the stems. These are lenticels which allow the tree to breathe. Also notable is that the buds on an Elder don’t have bud scales holding the new…

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Take us on a journey

Take us on a journey

We all know Albion Millennium Green is that special place, almost our own (secret) ‘village green’. There are still a few clues about its former life as a tennis club. But what about before, what was it? Asking such questions often takes us on a journey as one set of answers lead us to a new set of questions. What happens when we ask such questions—knowing that we are leading into a ‘journey’ of discovery? This process can be used…

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Drawing on the Green

Drawing on the Green

“Last May (2020) I spent a couple of (socially distanced!) hours on the Green, drawing with some friends from a local arts forum, and found this magical corner, where I stayed. I was fascinated by the angles of the trees and branches and how they seemed to interact with each other. As I began drawing I realised that every little twig and blade of grass also seemed to have a ‘direction’; so I stopped trying to draw trees and leaves…

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Rubble, Frogs and Mince-Pies: The December Workday on Albion Millennium Green

Rubble, Frogs and Mince-Pies: The December Workday on Albion Millennium Green

Saturday 12 December dawned fresh, cool and dry after a night of rain – ideal conditions for the work of digging and clearing we are currently carrying out on the Green preparatory to planting a hedge next winter along the Green’s boundary with the recently extended housing development of Longfield Crescent. In fact, according to an 1870 map tracked down by the Secretary of the Friends of AMG – which shows open fields where the housing estate is now –…

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