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04 December 2015

Environment Committee Report

How do you make a chore less of a challenge? Have additional volunteers!

It certainly made a difference when eight people, including some recently joined members of the Forest Hill Society, turned up on Sunday November 1st to help with our winter tidy-up of all the town centre and station planters. Brightly coloured winter flowers had been requested and paid for by London Overground’s station manager, David Rowe, so with such amazing help it took less than two hours to plant all the wallflowers, cyclamens and pansies which you will be able to enjoy throughout the winter months.

The Forest Hill Society was delighted to receive its third "Outstanding" award at the RHS's "It's Your neighbourhood" ceremony in July, receiving eighty-eight points from a total of one hundred. The judge remarked that the group was employing good gardening practices appropriate to the somewhat difficult sites we manage. He appreciated the environmental activities we are engaged in, such as composting, recycling, creating and maintaining green space, as well as addressing such issues as fly-tipping, fly-posting, litter, and graffiti.

The judge commented that he could see that what we did made a difference to local people, and he also  recognised the way we worked in partnership with other organisations receiving support from local businesses, organisations and the local council in the form of grants.

And since then our other major plant donor, the Horniman Gardens, have donated over one hundred (surplus to their requirements) forget-me-not plants to add even more colour to our town centre, which our volunteer group planted on Sunday 22nd November. While we try to steer clear of seasonal bedding plants, those we have planted tend to self seed and will, we hope, emerge again next year.

Christmas is not far away and the Forest Hill Society is dusting off last year’s baubles and lights – and acquiring some new ones – ready to decorate the town centre’s Christmas tree when it arrives, probably in the last week of November. Our festive Christmas tree “switch-on” of the lights is planned for 3.30pm on Saturday December 5th.

Article by Quetta Kaye

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