Mid-Elmington Estate Block is getting Greener

The over-paved block bounded by Hopewell, Picton, Elmington, and Brisbane streets is the focus of Southwark Council’s innovative new Great Estates program, with potential support from Thames Water and other sources. The Elmington Community Gardens group is spearheading the direction for improvements. SNAVer Anna has been contracted to help with design coordination and is working …

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Burgess Park Blackberry Meadow maintenance

At the beginning of September, SNAVers Susan, Anna, Jenny, Dave, and Simon met with Jon Best, Southwark’s Biodiversity Officer, and Alan from Complete Ecology to discuss maintenance of the Burgess Park’s blackberry meadow, which has attracted some fantastic birds in recent years, including blackcaps, whitethroats, and chiffchaffs. Some of the best-practice maintenance principles we identified …

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SNAVers speak up against estate infilling

Southwark Council has submitted a planning application to build 22 council homes on Lomond Grove in Camberwell, part of the Elmington estate, behind 61-91 Brisbane Street. Inside this walled-off area, currently padlocked and neglected, is a pocket of urban woodland with at least 20 mature trees – mainly sycamore but also ash, crab apple and cherry. All of the trees …

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Watering new street trees

Article from Trees for Bermondsey spring newsletter Southwark’s tree-planting contract includes checking that all new trees are adequately protected and cared for during the first three years after planting. This includes watering between March and October. If a tree fails during this 3 year period, the contractor must replace it. For reasons that we have …

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Hedge and Tree Planting in Burgess Park

A new woodland, and several new wildlife hedges, are being planted in Burgess Park.   Friends of Burgess Park is working with SNAV and idVerde, the Southwark Council park’s maintenance contractor, and Jon Best, Southwark’s Ecology Officer. Planting of the woodland will be at Neate Street, alongside the Sports Center, every day this week, 15-19 March …

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Brisbane Wildlife Triangle is Moving Right Along

Volunteers from the Elmington Estate and from SNAV helped to plant blackthorn, hawthorn, hazel, dogwood, and raspberry on Sunday. Two birdhouses and two batboxes were installed, flowers planted, and an informational sign posted. Hoping to receive an order of mulch any day now!