WILDTHINGS WEEKENDS Get into the garden and let your kids grow this summer with arts and crafts and nature activities at GROW MAYOW COMMUNITY GARDEN.

Explore the garden and the animals that live all around us. bring a picnic. buy a plant. make a mud pie. get out and get dirty!

Events take place from 10am to 4pm during the second full weekend in JUNE, JULY and AUGUST. click WILDTHINGS for the poster or the months above for the weekend listings.



A new sewer connection has been installed for the pavilion with the result that the front of the community garden had to be bulldozed over which is quite devastating,however we are seeing it as an opportunity to redevelop the space to ensure continued and increased community engagement.We are rich with ideas for the redevelopment, including workshops and ongoing projects and as an educational project show garden and training center.


Grow Mayow Community Garden Project was established in the south east corner of Mayow Park in 2008 by Green Peas UK, a constituted community organization.
Formerly a disused park keepers depot, the Grow Mayow Project has grown to be the home of weekly art classes, a toddler singing group and a forest school, as well as providing support and training to a core of volunteers, many of whom have gone on to further education and employment in horticulture.

In addition to our weekly programme,

·       Grow Mayow Forest school with Hugh Dames
    Mondays 10 am – 12 pm Meet in the park at the adventure playground more info at :

·       Garden sing along with Cat 
    Tuesdays 10.15 - 11.15

           Volunteer gardening
Sowing growing and help with the up keep of the garden.
Wednesdays 12 -2pm

Wednesdays Messy play with Shiree
Starting again 
Wednesday 23rd April 10.15am

We also run special annual events during the year, such as art and harvest festivals, pop up cinemas
(in conjunction with THELITTLEGREENSCREEN ), as well as permaculture and gardening courses and we work closely with
local housing authorities and a local schools for children who
have social, communication and interaction difficulties to
ensure that everyone in our community has access to
information, green growing spaces and natural play.

As a result of redevelopment works, this
vibrant community asset has been disrupted on a number of occasions, and in January of 2014 it was cleared to enable a sewage pipe connection to be re-established to the Mayow Park pavilion.

We are raising funds for redevelopment to re instate this
front community garden  with the COMMUNITY GARDEN / POCKET PARKS PROPOSAL
Our proposal for the restored front garden, for which we are
applying for a Pocket Park Programme grant, includes an

·       Free nature play area,
·       Healthy eating raised beds,
·       Wildflower seating area,
·       The pie garden with fruit trees with a workshop table
·       Exhibition beds
·       The cutting garden
·       A woodland meadow path, as well as the reinstatement of the herb spiral, native animal and mini beast habitats and native hedgerow.

We plan to hold numerous workshops as part of the redevelopment, with a focus on getting children and adults alike outdoors to explore, learn, grow food and play in their local environment.

Following the initial management by Green Peas UK, the garden
will be built and planted over a number of WILDTHINGS WEEKENDS
this summer 2014.
These weekend events will include food growing and natural habitat workshops , nature performances and will be promoted locally through various forms of media.

Grow Mayow Community Garden will help to make
Lewisham greener and more resilient and will provide space for
people to come together to relax and explore.
Should you have any questions or require any further
Information , please do not hesitate to contact us.




Have some fun in our garden
learning bush craft skills such as building dens
& play nature themed games with Hugh Dames
for more info or contact email or more info on


Welcome to Grow Mayow, it’s time to say hello!

Join us with your babies and toddlers for a Grow Mayow
inspired sing song with Cat Bateman
and her guitar in the big green barn, featuring all your favourites, old and new.

Messy Art PLAY

Every Wednesday with Shiree Allen
10.15 to 11.45am
For 5 years and under

Art play session for pre school children to have fun, explore, free play and create, with paint, glue, play dough and much more. Come and get messy without the clean up.

£3.00 per family - Suitable for all ages

Explore, create and make Messy Art Fun
an interactive session for parents/ carers and pre school children aged
15 months and above.
We will be  having lots of fun making things with found objects,
free playing with goo, painting , printing and much more .


The Community Garden Welcome to our site

The mission of Grow Mayow Community Garden

To create a community hub that is a source of education and enthusiasm for growing and nature.
Our aim is to encourage inner city gardening with a view to reducing the carbon output involved in food production enjoying the garden nature and to enjoy this urban green space.
We host workshops for both adults and children to introduce vegetable growing, organic gardening and permaculture techniques.
Three principles of permaculture that we apply are
Earth Care, People care, and Fair share

We run a forset school on Mondays have gardening nursery rhyne time on Tuesdays and volunteer gardening work days on wednesdays. We run many events and have small cinema onside from the LittleGreenscreen with a tantalising programme of award winning films about stuff that is happening and the good stuff people are doing, we hold popup documentary cinema events in and around forest hill, SE23.

We host several events each year to expose the wider community to what different ways of gardening looks like, to build a community of volunteers, and to have fun.
Our ethos is sustainability – reduce, reuse recycle – and inclusiveness – we want garden users to reflect the diversity of the neighbourhood.

We are a voluntary non profit organisation in South London, we grow food, herbs, flowers, we sell, and help others to grow and enjoy nature.

At Grow Mayow you will see many examples of permaculture food growing in practice. This includes companion planting – putting beneficial plants side-by-side, rainwater harvesting system, and recycling of materials.

As well as considering permaculture in our food growing, we aim to apply the idea of permaculture and interconnecting elements to our work away from the site.
This includes encouraging others to get involved in our projects.
Our initiatives
• Support people to develop in horticulture skills.
• Training, workshops and other learning, we give practical support to local community groups and organisations that want to start or develop their own food growing projects.
• We sell seasonal vegetables and growing resources (like compost) with planting advice on site.
Mayow Park community garden relies entirely on voluntary contributions.

We hope you will have the chance to visit us in person, to wander around, to sit, relax and enjoy the garden.