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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Tips for Supporting Nature in your Local Community When you don’t Own your Home or Have your own Garden

When talking to the owners and management company, it helps if you can say you are part of a residents’ group (even if your group is very small at first… 🙂 ).  Talk to as many of your neighbours as you can, and spend more time listening to their concerns than talking yourself. Focus on …

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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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Planning a Wildlife planting – volunteer Considerations

Before you just grab a shovel and start digging, there are a few things you should do first. A well-planned project is more likely to be safe and successful. Permissions – Find out who the landowner is.  Keep writing and someone will eventually point you in the right direction! Make sure you get written permission …

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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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