Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Autumn At The Rec

A bulb planting event will be held on Saturday the 24th of November at the Higham Hill Rec to plant 40,000 daffodils. There will be fun activities for young children and free health checks too. It will run from 10.00am to 3.00pm.

The event is organised by Tony Banach, Area Manager Valley / Higham Hill of the Better Neighbourhoods Initiative, LBWF, working in partnership with Groundworks East London who are supporting Friends of Parks groups in the borough. All people interested in setting up a Friends Group for the Higham Hill Rec can contact Tony Banach at Tony.Banach@walthamforest.gov.uk

CLICK HERE for more details about The Better Neighbourhoods Initiative, LBWF (link opens in a new window).

CLICK HERE to visit the Groundwork East London website (link opens in a new window).

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Group Photos of the Inaugural Flowerbed Adoption Meet

Cllr Bob Belam,PCSO Jannet Thompson, PCSO Mohammed Karim, residents
©LBWF Cllr Bob Belam, Cabinet Member for environment, PCSO Jannet Thompson, PCSO Mohammed Karim of the Higham Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team and residents at the inaugural flowerbed adoption meet.

Corinne Hibberd, Initiatives Manager, Environment & Regeneration, Waltham Forest Council, has kindly sent us some group photographs taken on Wednesday the 17th October when residents adopted the flowerbed.

CLICK HERE for more details about LBWF's 'Adopt A Flower Bed'scheme (link opens in a new window).

CLICK HERE for more details about the Higham Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team (link opens in a new window).

You can click on each of the images to view a larger image.

Cllr Bob Belam, youths, children

Cllr Bob Belam, youths, children



Thursday, 8 November 2007

Spring Bulb Planting Meet

group photo

On the morning of Sunday the 4th of November a group of the more "mature(d)" residents of the close gathered at the flowerbed. After some effort (and secret relief to know that the youths, still asleep after their Fireworks Night activities, were not around to witness this) they managed to scramble up onto to the flowerbed to plant the 300 narcissi and 50 blue crocii donated by the LBWF 'Cleaner, Safer, Greener' Programme and distributed by Groundwork East London.

More plants, yellow, blue and white irises, blue hycinths and more crocii were planted to augment the bulbs donated by the council. A resident of Fairfield Rd risked life and limb to balance precariously on a ladder to remove the bicycle tyre that had been caught for months on the top of the lampost behind the flowerbed.

Many thanks to those residents who donated plants and bulbs, to those who helped plant them, to those who provided refreshments and to those who gave cash donations (we thought we'd give the few earthworms resident in the flowerbed a treat, we'll be purchasing a couple of bags of well rotted manure to mulch the flowerbed in the not too distant future).

CLICK HERE for more details about LBWF's 'Cleaner, Safer, Greener' Programme (link opens in a new window).

CLICK HERE to visit the Groundwork East London website (link opens in a new window).

Pauline planting bulbs
Kevin and Doris planting bulbs
John planting bulbs
Michaela planting bulbs
Linda picking up litter

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Re: Planning Application Submitted For 74 Oakfield Rd

Notification Of Decision For Neighbourhood Consultation
Date: 21 October 2007

Application Date: 15 August 2007

Application no: 2007/1386

Description of work: Change of use and conversion of existing warehouse (use class B8) into 11 flats (use class C3). Comprising of seven two-bed and four one-bed self-contained flats. Provision of underground carpark for 6 vehicles and cycle stand.

Location of work: 74 Oakfield Rd, Walthamstow, London, E17 5RW

"Further to our letter advising you of the above planning application and further to the representations which have been received.

I would advise that since that time the applicant has decided to withdraw the application."

Elizabeth Appiah
Section Manager Development Control
Development-Management, Sycamore House, Town Hall Complex, Forest Road, London, E17 4JF

Notice of Planning Application Submitted For 96 Bramley Close

Date: 19 October 2007

Application no: 2007/1885

Description of work: Conversion of office building into four self-contained flats (4x1 bed).

Location of work: 96 Bramley Close, Walthamstow, London, E17 6EG

You may view the application at the Development-Management offices, Sycamore House, Town Hall Complex, Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4JF between 9am - 5pm. A Duty Planning Officer is available between 10am - 4pm in reception or by phone (020 8496 3000) to assist you.

Any comments about the application should be submitted in writing within 21 days of the above date.

Friday, 2 November 2007

Welcome To The Flowerbed Blog

We decided to create this blog to act as a community hub as well as a means to enable us to easily organise events or communicate issues around our recently adopted flowerbed and our community at large.

We hope that you will also use this space to communicate with fellow residents. We are happy, for instance, to list any event (such as church book sales, photographic exhibitions, allotment seed-swaps, gigs or concerts) that you might be involved in and wish to involve the community.

We would be glad to hear your suggestions and hope that we can tailor this blog accordingly. You can email The Flowerbed team members at the following addresses:
  • pauline.flowerbed@gmail.com

  • frances.flowerbed@gmail.com

If you'd like to be a team member and can commit to making regular contributions to this blog, please contact us. Team members are able to create new posts and start new topic threads. Residents can submit new post content and topics to the team members who will then post on their behalf. Residents can add comments to all posts.

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The Inaugural Bramley Close Flowerbed Adoption Meet.


On Wednesday the 17th October residents met Corinne Hibberd, Initiatives Manager, Environment & Regeneration, Waltham Forest Council and received a donation of gardening implements, lavender and rosemary.

CLICK HERE for more details about LBWF's 'Adopt A Flower Bed'scheme (link opens in a new window).

A BIG THANK YOU to the HEROIC efforts of all those who helped to dig out the dead, ugly, badly lopped tree trunks & clear the flowerbed ready for planting! We will be eventually posting a page of before-and-after, work-in-progress photos for you to see just what a dramatic change you have made to the flowerbed.

THANK YOU to all residents who attended the inaugural Bramley Close flowerbed adoption meeting and for the many donated plants. We hope to hold all future flowerbed events at times more convenient to all who are interested.

Heaving out a dead tree trunk
Heaving out a dead tree trunk
Sweeping up afterwards

Planting The Flowerbed


On Saturday the 20th October a group of residents planted the newly dug over flowerbed. The girls proved to the boys that they were equally capable of digging, even though it did mean that they got dirt under their nails.

THANK YOU to all those who donated plants, helped dig them in, baked cakes and provided refreshments.

We hope to see you all again when we meet to plant the bulbs donated to us by the council.

Heaving out a dead tree trunk
Heaving out a dead tree trunk
Sweeping up afterwards

Bulb Planting 12am This Coming Sunday 4th November

We have received a donation of bulbs from LBWF as part of their Safer, Cleaner, Greener Programme, distributed by Groundwork East London.

We have been given 300 narcissi and 50 blue crocii. We will be planting them this coming Sunday the 4th of November. It would be good if residents could donate other bulbs too.

Meet at the flowerbed at 12am. Bring your trowels and dibbers.

For a small fee of 50p per child, children can pot up a bulb to take home with them. This is particularly suited for children under six. All proceeds will be put to use in purchasing plants or wild flower seed for the planting in spring.

See you on Sunday.

CLICK HERE to visit the Groundwork East London website (link opens in a new window).

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