Monthly meetings and activities 2023
We usually meet on the first Tuesday of every month at St Peter’s Crypt, De Beauvoir Road. Tea and biscuits are provided from 7:00pm, meetings start at 7.30pm.
Our monthly meetings are in green below, other activities and events are in blue. For more information or to sign up for our monthly newsletter email us at email@example.com
Meetings are free to members (details of how to join can be found here). Non-members are very welcome at our meetings at the Crypt – a charge of £4 is made to cover costs (sometimes £5 if there is wine). Our Crypt programme is also open to members of Islington Gardeners at a charge of £2 per meeting. Any additional charges for events are listed below.
3rd January 2023
GROW YOUR OWN MUSHROOMS
Start the New Year learning the basics of how to grow your own mushrooms at home. Helena Herholdt is a local forager, beekeeper and gardener. She will share her knowledge of which mushrooms are easier to grow at home, the main steps in the process, the equipment she uses and the types of substrates needed to grow different types of funghi.
7th February 2023
THE CORE ARTS FRONT GARDEN REVOLUTION
Nemone Mercer is the project director at Core Landscapes which is part of Hackney-based mental health charity Core Arts. Core Landscapes transforms underused land in deprived urban areas for people to self-manage their mental health, transform their local environments and connect to their wider community. Using horticulture, design, workshops, training and events to improve mental and physical health, overall wellbeing, and community cohesion.
In 2022, working with garden designer Andy Smith-Williams, Core Arts won a Gold Medal for its garden at Chelsea.
7th March 2023
AGM and presentation on the EAST LONDON WATERWORKS PARK
This year we combine our AGM with a report on the community crowdfunded project that hopes to turn a disused waterworks on Lea Bridge Road into a brownfield rainforest complete with wild swimming in Victorian filter beds.
Celia Coram and Cathy McLoughlin are volunteers from East London Waterworks Park, a community-led project to transform an industrial site on Lea Bridge Road into a new urban park with wild swimming ponds that will reconnect the marshes and nature reserves of the Lower Lea Valley into a coherent whole. They will explain how 3 and a half years ago, a small group of local residents identified a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve the environment, and the physical and mental health of the people of East London and how this big dream has become a dynamic, inclusive and collaborative project that has captured people’s imaginations, with a clear plan for creating the future we deserve.
Tuesday 4th April 2022
CONNECTING GREEN SPACES
Sam Parry, Parks Development Manager from Hackney Council, talks about projects from around the world where cities are connecting their parks and green spaces together. Sam is interested in how Parks and Green Spaces can be part of a network of green infrastructure, rather than isolated islands of green space. Learn about how Hackney Council are applying these principles to some of their own parks and green spaces.
Sunday May 14th 2023 – 11am
DBG Spring Plant Sale outside 21 Northchurch Terrace (opposite St. Peters)
Tuesday 3rd May 2022 (6.15pm meet at Victoria Park)
DRY GARDENS – The OLD ENGLISH GARDEN IN VICTORIA PARK
Ryan Randall, Head Gardener at Victoria Park will give us a tour and talk to us about the work they’ve been doing in the Old English Garden to create a dry garden.
We will meet at the Old English Garden at 6.15pm. There may be some cars going from de Beauvoir so please get in touch if you might need a lift. Buses 277 and 30 go to the closest entrance which is by The People’s Park Tavern. The nearest overground stations are Homerton and Hackney Wick.
Tuesday 7th June 2023
Monday 4th July 2023
De BEAUVOIR GARDEN WALKABOUT
Our annual walkabout where we spend an idyllic evening visiting a selection of local gardens on foot.
Saturday 5th August 2023
BETH CHATTO coach trip
We are visiting this iconic garden by coach, leaving St Peters Church, de Beauvoir, at 9am. We hope to visit a second garden too. The trip will cost approximately £40 to include entrance fees – the final price will depend on how many seats we fill so the more the merrier.
Full details to follow but please email to register your interest and reserve seats.
Saturday 9th September 2023
BLOOMS, BAKES AND BARKS
October 4th 2022
Kathleen talks about Holly Street Community garden, Hackney E8.
November 7th 2023
MIRANDA JANATKA ON HOUSEPLANTS
Miranda Janatka, honorary member and author of A FLOWER A DAY will be introducing her latest book.