May news from Loughborough Junction Action Group

Can you help water our new fruit trees?

In January we planted five new trees in Wyck Gardens – two apple trees, one pear, a quince and a greengage with the London Orchard Project. Thankfully it has been a wet spring, but we will soon need help with the watering. Can you join a rota of people prepared to keep these trees going through the summer? Please email Emily Myers at the Loughborough Farm


New flower gardens for Loughborough Junction

Two young garden designers Natalie Plaisence and Marion Palmer have secured funding for a beautiful new planting scheme at the junction of Coldharbour Lane and Loughborough Road by the billboards. They have been growing lovely white and scented annuals in the greenhouses at Myatts Fields Park and planting events will happen in May and June. Find out more or get in touch with us at  


Local business association launch event, 7pm, Thursday 5 June

The Loughborough Junction business association is to be launched at 7pm on Thursday 5 June. We are hoping that the launch will take place at the new bike café that is to open at 200 Coldharbour Lane. Check our website for further details nearer the time or email Amanda to register your interest.

Roots in place for a great summer down at Loughborough Farm

Down at Loughborough Farm crops are growing well as we head towards summer. We've recently started harvesting broad beans, peas and spring onions. We also have summer salad crops, beetroot, potatoes, carrots, kohl rabi growing steady in the ground.  Emily and Sonia recently started after-school gardening clubs with Jessop and Loughborough Primary schools and the children are having fun!  We have a good turn out of volunteers for our Saturday session, but are keen to find more volunteers for our Tuesday afternoon sessions.    

We also really need extra help in terms of organising and planning as we have a lot to do this year. Could you help us organise a community food event? Could you help with recording people's experiences of working on the farm? If you have ideas of exciting ways this could be done we would love to hear from you. Would you like to get involved with our crop planning group, help look after the orchard, or help out with DIY?  Please email if you can help - or of course you are welcome to join us for our volunteer sessions Saturday 1-3pm and Tuesday 1-3pm.

Events at the Carnegie Library library

Did you know that there are many regular events taking place in our local libraries? This month we’re looking at the Carnegie Library, which has the following regular sessions:
  • Book at Breakfast – the first Saturday of every month
  • Book Group - the first Monday of the month, 7-8pm
  • Chess Club – every Saturday, 2.45-5pm
  • Councillor’s surgery with Cllr Carol Boucher, every Saturday, 2.30-3.30pm
  • Craft circle – every Saturday, 12-2pm
  • Ruskin Readers, adult literacy sessions – Mondays 7-9pm & Wednesdays 2.30-4.30pm
  • Silver Surfers – first and third Wednesday of the month, 10am-12pm
  • Story telling for under fives, every Friday, 10.30am-12pm
  • Tea, cake and gardening, every Saturday, 11am-2pm 
The Carnegie Library is at 188 Herne Hill Road, SE24 0AG. The P4 bus stops nearby.
Find out more about the Friends of Carnegie Library.

Forest school in Elam Street Open Space

Forest school is back in Elam Street Open Space. A semi-permanent tree house is almost completed and there will be plenty of opportunities for fire making, planting and enjoying being in the great outdoors in one of our lovely local parks over the next month or so. Read more.

Volunteers needed for planting in Elam St, Sun 18 May

Plants such as yarrow, anise hyssop, wild basil, lawn chamomile and wild strawberry will be planted at Elam St Open Space, on Sunday 18 May from 12.30-3.30pm. Free refreshments shall be provided. Contact John for more information.

Plant identification course

A free short plant identification course is on offer this spring in Elam Street Open Space. Read more

Welcome to your May newsletter from LJAG

As you will see below there are many varied and exciting things happening in Loughborough Junction this month. Please visit our website regularly to keep up-to-date with events in the local area. If you have an event you would like us to include please email

Even if you can't make it along to these events, we always need more help, so if you'd like to get involved, or have an idea you'd like to share with us please email

Volunteer meet up for World War One project, this Saturday, 17 May

Thanks to everyone who has already responded for our call for volunteers for our World War One project. We still need a few more volunteers and we'll be meeting this Saturday, 17 May, at Sunshine International Arts C.A.F.E., 209a Coldharbour Lane.

Volunteers are asked to come along at 12pm so that we can give you some background to the project. The creative team will then join us at 1pm for lunch, which will be provided. If you are interested please contact Walter or 07967 651994 so that we can plan for numbers.  After lunch we will get the the ball rolling on research.

With best wishes

The LJAG Team

Green routes for cycling and walking

Lambeth Council is planning a series of green routes and quietways through our neighbourhood. The routes are designed to encourage walking and cycling by providing routes that are calmer and quieter and link up Lambeth’s parks. A route in our neighbourhood will link up Ruskin Park with Elam Street Open Space and Myatt's Fields Park. 

LJAG together with the SE5 Forum held a successful workshop at the Harry Caddick Centre on Tuesday 29 April. We heard from Southwark Living Streets, Pop Up Parks and Lambeth cycling officers. As well as being good for walkers and cyclists these routes will also encourage people to get to know their local parks, especially the underused ones like Wyck Gardens, Loughborough Park and Elam Street Open Space. As a result of the workshop we are hoping that a pop up park will arrive in Loughborough Junction soon. Check out the website. and please get in touch if you would like to get involved. 

Camberwell Arts Festival site in Loughborough Junction

Camberwell Arts Festival takes place from 14-22 June this year and we are delighted to announce that we have donated our noticeboard (just outside Loughborough Junction station) to be part of the Lucky Dip part of the festival.

Artists' names were drawn from a hat to exhibit in different locations in the Camberwell area. The artist who will be exhibiting in Loughborough Junction is Francesca Strand.  We're looking forward to seeing what she comes up with.

Find out more about the festival.

History corner: Myatt's Fields Park

Did you know that Myatt’s Fields Park was designed by Britain’s first professional landscape gardener? Fanny Rollo Wilkinson, born in 1855, designed the park, directing team of 220 men.
Unusually for a woman of her era she completed an 18 month course in landscape gardening and horticulture and demanded the same rate of pay as a man. She designed several important parks in London and later became the first female principal of Swanley Horticultulal College. 

Little Cat Café open for summer

The café in Myatt's Fields Park (near the bandstand) is now open from 10.30am-6pm from Thursday to Sunday. Also, the park's greenhouse needs more volunteers. You'll learn how to grow food and receive accredited horticultural training in return for regular sessions helping to grow and care for the plants.

Philip Seymour Hoffman films screened at Whirled

A series of Philip Seymour Hoffman films are being screened at Whirled Cinema on Monday evenings this month. Read more.

Wild food walk and community feast in Loughborough Junction

The community feasts, led by Ceri Buckmaster, in collaboration with Elam Street Open Space and Embrace Corporation continue this Saturday, 17 May from 11am – 2pm. Meet in Loughborough Park (by the Mulberry tree) and moving onto Elam Street. The focus of this walk is eastern European food. Find out more or contact John to reserve a place.

Locals quiz would-be councillors at Coldharbour hustings

LJAG and the Loughborough Estate Tenants’ and Residents’ Association (LETRA) hosted the hustings for the Coldharbour ward on 7 May at the Karibu Centre. All the parties, except for the Liberal Democrats, were represented. 

The line-up left to right was Johan Ward (UKIP); Yvonne Stewart-Williams (Conservative); Linda Mukuka (chair); Julian Nicholls, although most people locally know him as Rashid, (Green Party); Rachel Heywood (Labour); Donatus Anyanwu (Labour); and Matt Parr (Labour); also present were David Warner (Independent) and Boniface Chakpiu Awogta (Independent).  

It was a lively evening with questions covering housing with people concerned about the performance of Lambeth Living and the redevelopment of the Guinness Estate in Loughborough Park, community policing and the plight of the young and elderly.

The council and European elections take place on Thursday 22 May; turnout in the Coldharbour ward is one of the lowest in the country; let’s prove everyone wrong this time by going out to vote. 


Tree vandalism

We are sorry to say that a number of newly planted trees, or trees planted a year ago have been vandalised. Please keep an eye out for any damage and if you see any please email

Have your say on the future of Ruskin Park stable block, Sunday 18 May

The future of Ruskin Park’s stable block is up for discussion. If you’re interested in its future use head down to Ruskin Park on Sunday 18 May from 10am-4pm for a public consultation. Read more.

African drumming concert, Friday 16 May

An African drumming concert will take place at C.A.F.E., 209a Coldharbour Lane, SW9 on Friday 16 May from 6pm. Read more.

Herne Hill free film festival

The annual Herne Hill free film festival has begun and continues for the rest of the month. Read more.

Evening yoga

Yoga classes are now available every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7pm at C.A.F.E., 209a Coldharbour Lane. Read more.

Carers Time

An event for carers will take place at the Carnegie Library on Wednesday 21 May, 12-2.30pm. Read more.

Open afternoon for over 50s in Loughborough Estate

Loughborough over 50s club are to hold an open afternoon on Tuesday 27 May, from 1-4pm at the Loughborough Centre, on the corner of Angell and Barrington Roads, SW9 7PD. Read more.

Arts and crafts workshop in Loughborough Park, Saturday 17 May, 10.30am

An arts and craft workshop for all ages is on offer this Saturday 17 May at Loughborough Park Community Garden from 10.30am, led by local community artist Gloria Ojulari Sule. Gloria has lots of experience running collaborative art projects in and around Lambeth.
In the session you will have the chance to help paint a mural style sign for the community garden that everyone can get involved with. Please make sure that children wear old clothes. 
If you haven't come to the garden before the workshop will be a great chance to see what has been happening and have some fun as well as sign up to have an allotment plot if you wish.
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