A piece of wasteland in Lakeview Road is being turned into a community garden thanks to efforts of local residents, Lambeth Living and their contractors.
Getting ready for spring
Local councillor Jane Pickard explains that the family next door “ were fed up because the area was a mass of brambles and bushes which invaded their own garden and were pushing the fence over”. Jane got in touch with the Portobello Tenants and Residents Association who had been talking about using the land for a community garden.
Now not only has the land been cleared and prepared for gardening, but the family next door had their damaged fence replaced and will be growing fruit and vegetables on one of the beds.
To get growing in 2012 get in touch with the Portobello TRA or email Jane Pickard.
Mike Smith shopping at the LHS
Join the Lambeth Horticultural Society (LHS) to spend less on gardening supplies and get lots of friendly advice. The LHS is open every Saturday afternoon 2pm-4.30pm and Sunday morning 10am-12.30pm at their premises on Cedar Tree Grove (off Lakeview Rd) with easy parking. Map
Membership is only £5 a year and you will probably save this on your first shop!
The LHS also run flower shows including the famous Flower Show at Lambeth Country Show every July.
For more details see the LHS web site http://www.lambethhorticulturalsociety.org.uk.
Jane Pickard and Mike Smith on Lakeview Road at top of Knights Hill on Saturday 19/12/09
Its colder on the top of the hills around West Norwood! After Tuesday’s ( 15 Dec) snow fall most of the snow had melted in the centre of West Norwood by Saturday but once you get higher than 50 metres above sea level the snow and ice stayed much longer on the roads and pavements.
Martin Sachs , who heads Lambeth’s Highways team, told residents at the Norwood Forum last week that in wintry weather his priority is to grit the busiest roads and those on hills twice a day , using special gritter vehicles – apart from red routes which are looked after by t he London Mayor’s Transport for London. Traffic speeds up the melting process on roads but gritting pavements is a slower manual process done by staff who normally sweep the streets. Busy pavements outside shopping centres, schools and hospitals have priority. Salt bins are left unlocked for residents to use.
Labour action team members Jane Pickard and Mike Smith have asked for Norwood’s side streets to be gritted too. “Some streets are like an ice rink” said Mike Smith on Saturday “and many older people are trapped in their homes until the pavements are made safe to walk on.”
More snow fell on Monday afternoon (21 Dec) causing chaos throughout London as traffic struggled with the icy roads. The resulting gridlock prevented gritters getting on the road quickly. Gritting will continue throughout the night.
Call Lambeth on 020 7926 9000 to report problem streets and pavements. For red routes call Transport for London 0845 305 1234 (24 hours a day)
For more details of Lambeth’s plans for winter weather see