Common Growth Souper Sunday Nov 11

Here at Common Growth we won’t let the cold and dark winter months stand in our way! We are very excited that Louise from Grow Wild will be setting up a field kitchen in the garden this Sunday for a soup making workshop! What better way to warm yourself up after a winter walk or even a spot of gardening! So do drop in and taste some deliciously healthy soup, from locally sourced ingredients such as leeks and herbs straight from the Common Growth garden. Louise will be there from 2-3pm this Sunday the 11th of November.

The intention is that ‘Soup on Sunday’ will become a regular event in the Common Growth calendar. The next Soup session will be on Sunday November the 25th from 2pm.

Hope you come and join us on these Souper Sundays 🙂

(If you feel like doing some gardening while you’re there, some beds need to be cleared and tidied up for winter; the compost heaps need to be turned – and compost from the bins (it’s very good quality!) can be added to the raised beds.)

On behalf of Common Growth and Grow WIld

Halloween at Common Growth

The Halloween Event at Common Growth was a success.  Many thanks to Suriya, Ruth, Louise, Ella and Jim who organised it. There was games, singing, planting, art, and a soup making demonstration by Louise from Grow Wild. The photos attached tell the story of a fun afternoon!  It is great to see that the space is put to good use this time a year. Hope to see more of this at CG in the future.
We’ll be doing more building stuff over the winter period. Not too much growing anymore – apart from Broad beans and garlic, and some salads. We’re also waiting to pick the brussels sprouts and dig up the Jerusalem Artichokes. Does anybody know how you’re supposed to know the artichokes  are ready for digging up?

Some of us have discussed having a ‘Christmas Party’ at the garden with mulled wine and mince pies! You’ll definitely be invited if it happens…!

See you soon.

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Food Mixer now available!

Bold Vision is proud to announce the arrival of Mixer number 3 – this time it’s the Food Mixer.

Inspired by the launch of the Grow Wild project based in and around News Cross and Telegraph Hill this edition collects together contributions from artists, writers, chefs and cultivators all connected by the area’s market garden history. Every copy includes free litmus paper for finding out what kind of soil you have (post results here), and a voucher to exchange for a free clove of garlic to grow. You can pick up your copy from

  • Green Shoots, Besson Street, SE14 5SE;
  • Hill Station, Kitto Rd, SE14 5SG;
  • Telegraph Hill Centre office, Kitto Rd, SE14 5TY;
  • Common Growth garden, Sandbourne Rd SE4 2NS and
  • New Cross Learning, New Cross Rd, SE14 6AS
  • Generations Playclub (1 o’clock club), Telegraph Hill Park
  • New Cross Health Centre, Goodwood Rd
  • Charity Shop NX Rd
  • Hair & Beauty Studio, NX Rd
  • Cafe Crema, NX Rd
  • Allotment Shop NX Rd
  • Madison Express NX Rd
  • Goldsmiths Student Union
  • Goldsmiths main building
  • Goldsmiths new building
  • The Waldron Centre, Stanley St
  • The London Particular cafe, NX Rd

Or look out for the Food Mixer in local coffee shops and other outlets. If you would like a copy but aren’t able to visit to pick one up, let us know at or phone 07812 638301 and we will try to get one to you. Happy reading, planting, growing and eating!

Common Growth News Update and Minutes

If you are interested to read the Common Growth  ‘end of season’ steering group meeting minutes, please click here! Common Growth minutes oct 2012

We try to keep the garden open on Sunday afternoons (2-5pm) throughout the winter months, but please accept our apologies if the garden is closed due to bad / cold weather…bear with us!

We are planning plenty of ‘building activities’ in the garden over the winter period, and are looking for people who can help out building decking and a path, putting together a greenhouse and digging a second wildlife pond. So get in touch if you want to help out!


See you soon,


Common Growth minutes oct 2012



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Soil survey

If you have seen our latest Mixer you will know what this is about…

If you don’t manage to add your soil pH, just send your value + postcode with any other comments to and we will add them for you

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Common Growth wins Prize!

Dear All,

We are very proud to announce that Common Growth has won 3rd prize in the Community Garden category of the Lewisham in Bloom awards! A very big THANK YOU to all the people that have lent a hand throughout the year! Hereby a picture of our amazing crops!

Hope you all feel inspired to get more involved? The garden will continue to be open on Sunday afternoons – from 2-5 through the Autumn, so come and say hello. We already have lots of exiting plans for next season, and would love to hear your ideas too!



The Common Growth Garden is located on Sandbourne Road, just off Jerningham Rd.