Sunday, 19 March 2017

Consultation on the Vision for Catford Town Centre

Lewisham Council is currently consulting on the future of Catford Town Centre.  Ladywell Fields falls into the catchment area, and relevant comments will be considered in this consultation.


The council will be collecting comments until the end of the year and these will be used to develop a master plan for the town centre.

The plan will show development concepts including urban design, landscaping, infrastructure, service provision and present and future land use.

It will be prepared in early 2018 and if you live, work, shop, socialise, commute or run a business in the area, you can have your say on it. Some projects and improvements, like meanwhile use, place-making events and signage can start now, but the overall project is a long-term one.

Once priorities for Catford have been agreed, these will be introduced over time to deliver lasting benefits for the whole town centre. It's interesting yeras ahead for Catford.

Visit https://catfordtowncentre.commonplace.is/ to leave comments.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Orchard update

On Saturday we had our long anticipated Orchard volunteering day--this once there was no rain forcing the cancellation, and the pleasant weather was matched by pleasant company.  Eleven years since its inception, the orchard now has some beautiful, well established fruit trees there--even though the odds are often stacked against them with attack by animals and incidence of vandalism. Those who volunteered were rewarded with detailed insights into the art of tree care, and had the opportunity to get boots muddy and hands dirty if so inclined.  Many thanks to all volunteers who took part, and to Caroline for organising and leading the event.

See you, if you can, on Thursday at 7pm at the Ladywell Fields User Group meeting.  Our new venue is the Environmental Studies room in the North Field, behind Ladywell station. Everyone welcome.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Another community orchard volunteering session, Saturday 4th March, 11am-12.30pm

The community orchard planted in Ladywell Fields in 2011 is thriving but, like any orchard, it needs care and attention if the trees are to grow strongly and avoid disease.  

It snowed throughout the volunteering session on 11th February, which made for a memorable occasion! We went ahead and mulched the trees with wood chip, but were not able to prune as planned. 

There will be another orchard volunteering session on Saturday 4th March, 11am-12.30pm specifically for pruning the trees, and inspecting and repairing the guards as we go.
All volunteers welcome--you don't need to know anything about pruning trees as full instruction will be given. If you have thick gloves and/or sharp secateurs please bring them with you.  Also, at the risk of stating the obvious, come in work clothes with robust shoes!


Here's hoping for better weather this time, if it is raining we shall need to reschedule again.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

THIS SATURDAY: Orchard volunteering session - Saturday 11 February, 10.30am-12.30pm

The community orchard planted in Ladywell Fields in 2011 is thriving but, like any orchard, it needs care and attention if the trees are to grow strongly and avoid disease.  

This is one of our twice-yearly volunteer sessions at which you can learn and help prune the trees, inspect and repair the guards, and mulch the trees with woodchip to keep weeds down.  

If you do come and you have any of the following please bring them nave any of the following please bring them - thick gloves, sharp secateurs and garden buckets.  

Also, at the risk of stating the obvious, come in work clothes with robust shoes!


Pruning requires dry weather so if it is raining we shall need to reschedule.

Ladywell Fields User Group meeting on Thursday 9th March at 7pm


The next meeting of the Ladywell Fields User Group will be on Thursday 9th March at 7pm in the Environmental Studies room in the North Field, behind Ladywell station. The issues that we currently have on the agenda are:

  • Update on the tennis proposals (Andy Thomas from LBl will be there) 
  • Cycling the park 
  • Proposal to hold a community event in the park
  • Proposed flood alleviation measures 
  • General update (someone from Glendale will be attending)
  • Future volunteer events

If you have any other issues that you would like discussed, let us know by emailing ladywellfields@yahoo.co.uk.