part of its commitment to promoting increased use of the Fields by all
members of the community, FBHF regularly organises events and activities
on the Fields. See below to see all the events we've done. You can even
link to the Gallery to see pictures from the events too.
1 July 2018, 12 noon to 5pm - Blythe Hiill Fields Festival
Come and join us for our annual community festival - live music and
entertainment, hot and cold food stalls, local produce, arts and crafts,
kids activities, fun fair and the always popular Punch & Judy show!
7 April 2018,11am - Wild Seed Planting
Help us plant a wild fower meadow on Blythe Hill Fields! Following a successful
application to Grow
Wild, Flowers to the People, for a wildflower seed kit, we will be
preparing the soil and planting hundreds of wild flower seeds in the meadow
on the park. It will bees, butterflies and other wildlife and give the
park some beautiful colours. No experience necessary, but bring a garden
fork if you can and come and join in the fun.
16 July 2016
The offical opening of the Lewisham 3 Peaks challenge and inaurgural
walk in support of two local charities: For Jimmy & The Stephen Lawrence
Charitable Trust. Walkers will be coming through Blythe Hill Fields from
1.30pm. Come and support them!
2 July 2016
Another glorious Saturday for the 10th annual community Festival with
so many local people converging on the park to enjoy the music, food,
eclectic stalls and activities they have come to expect from this fantastic
event. Thanks to everyone who joined us on the park and to the hard-working
Friends who once again pulled out all the stops to make it a very special
Saturday 9 January 2016
New Year's emergency bulb planting. Well done and thanks for everyone
that joined in, helping to keep Blythe Hill Fields beautuful. 200+ daffodil,
50 tulip bulbs and 14 whips planted! .
1 January 2016
A fantastic turnout for the first ever New Year's day football match.
Thanks to Josh Smaller for organising and thanks to everyone who turned
12 December 2015
Despite the drizzlely
conditions, we had a wonderful turnout of around 50 people on the park
enjoying singing Christmas carols together and digging the hole and installing
the logs for the new stag beetle loggery. it was a great end to the year.
Thanks to everyone to came along.
12 September 2015
The second of our
wonderful bat walks on the park led by Dr Iain Boulton from the London
Bat Group was a great success. Around 50 people turned up and searched
the park in search of bats with the special bat detectors!
4 July 2015
This year's Festival
was another roaring success. Beautiful weather encouraged so many people
to come up and enjoy all the fun the Festival had to offer: :
* live music from local acts and performers, including Blues Patrol, Siobhan
Parr and DJ Polar Bears Can Dance, plus live comedy from Scummy Mummies
special children's tent where you can find Punch and Judy, storytelling
from Smallprint, hula hoop making, craft activities with Secret Adventurers'
Club, fun and games with Fitness for Mummies, face painting and a children's
circus skills lessons and you can have a go at hula hooping, swing and
street dancing in our taster sessions
*over 40 wonderful stalls offering an eclectic array of lovely things
to tempt and interest you
* stalls offering food and drink from all over the world, including bangers
from the Proud Sow, the award winning Babur restaurant and locally sourced
beer from the Beerseller
* a fun fair
you to everyone who came and took part in the Festival and a massive thank
you to the Committee and army of volunteers that helped make the day such
a great success.
Saturday 14 March 2015
Tree Watering -
well done to everyone that came up and got watering - a great turnout
for the first watering of 2015. We are giving these new trees the best
chance to be part of our Park landscape for many, many years to come.
18 November 2014
We will be undertaking our second phase of tree planting following
our very successful first phase back in March. Come and make your mark
on the park by planting and adopting a tree.
8 November 2014
Hedge planting -
we are going to be continuing our mission to plant hedges around most
of the park to support wildlife, give security to houses backing onto
the park and give the park a nicer feel.
18 October 2014
Sadly, not a great turn out for the litter picking event but Marcel
and Samuel Jenkins did clear a large amount of litter from the hedges
around the park. It does a look nicer now!
5 July 2014
Thanks to everyone
who joined us for the Festival this year. It was fantastic to see so many
of you enjoying the park and the Festival, despite the rain. We did have
a few hours of glorious sunshine and the place was full of people soaking
up the music, sampling the delights of all the food options we had available,
perusing all the various stalls, watching Punch & Judy or going crazy
at the fun fair! We really hope you enjoyed your experience and welcome
feedback and lots of pictures/videos to share your experience with others.
The volunteers we had this year were amazing - thank you to all those
who helped on the day and of course all the members of the organising
committee that worked so hard to put the Festival on this year. We did
12 April 2014, 11am
We're going to be watering the new trees. Come up and help us learn
how to water our new trees properly and effectively.
22 March 2014
the sad demise of many of the trees we planted in the last few years and
some serious negotiating, we were able to purchase some new trees for
Blythe Hill Fields. We had a fantastic turn out of volunteers and planted
15 new trees, some much bigger than we were expecting. They look fantastic
and we can be very proud of our achievement. With watering and tender
loving care to nurture them, we hope they will thrive for many, many years.
1 March 2014
A small but committed group of Friends pitched up to the park and
will expert advice and guidance from Terry, we spent the morning checking
all the bird boxes up on the Fields. We re-sited a number of boxes and
nailed down the tops on others to ensure they were safe for the birds.
We saw many of the nesting boxes have been used at some point, and we
hope they are continued to be used for years to come. Thanks to everyone
who joined us.
25 January 2014
of Blythe Hill Fields joined in the RSPB Great Garden
Bird Watch - a national survey of bird life in the UK. We participated
in it as the Great Blythe Hill Birdwatch, and saw a total of 186 birds,
of which 39 were starlings and 18 blue tits, as well as numerous other
weather was mercifully fine, and Terry Wilson, Ladywell fields' Bird Champion,
came to help, and led a group around the park, while other groups spread
towards other corners. Around 15 people came, including a few local children,
and two members checked out the long-abandoned bird boxes, ready for spring.
Coffee and pastries were provided, and, perhaps attracted by the smell,
two mounted police showed up to survey the scene, and accepted a cup of
21 September 2013 - Hedge Maintenance & Weeding
Continuing the important hedge maintenance work, another stretch of our
park was looked after to give our hedges healthy for the future. Thanks
as ever, to all those who took part.
6 July 2013 - Festival 2013
What a wonderful day - the 7th annual
community festival was a fantastic success with record numbers of people
enjoying our park and the array of stalls, food and fun we had to offer.
It was a blisteringly hot day which enouraged lots of people to come up
to the park with many making new friends whilst sheltering 'neath the
trees with their picnics. A massive thank you to everyone that came and
particularly everyone that helped organise and run the day. Another success
for the Friends!
20 April 2013 - Hedge Maintenance
A sprightly and energetic bunch of us turned our attentions to maintaining
the hedges we planted in previous years along the stretch behind Montecute
Road. Another useful activity keeping our park looking lovely. Thanks
to everyone that took part.
15 December 2012 - Spring Bulb Planting
Well done and thanks to the hardy team
that turned out on a chilly morning and managed to plant all 1,750 spring
bulbs over by the playground - a brilliant effort! Can't wait for Spring
now to see a massive splash of colour.
1 December 2012 - Whip planting
Following a succcessful application to The Woodland Trust, we planted
all the whips on the Hill. Well done to all those who braved the chilly
weather, thanks for all your help.
22 September 2012 - Hedge Maintenance
A small but eager group of Friends turned
out on this lovely morning to continue the work we started in May, clearning
the brambles and long grass from the hedges we've planted around the Fields.
Thanks to those who helped out.
23 July 2012 - Marcel Jenkins runs with the Olympic Torch
been nominated for his work with the Friends over many years but especially
for his leadership and commitment in 2011, Treasurer Marcel Jenkins ran
with the Torch along Lewisham High Street. It was, he said
most incredible experience..the atmosphere was electric. I had no idea
there would be such enthusiasm - seeing the torch with the Olympic flame
seemed to create such excitement for so many people. I was very proud
to be part of the relay. Thanks to everyone that came out to support me"
7 July 2012 - Festival 2012
The sixth annual Blythe Hill Fields Festival - a
veritable feast of music, food, arts and crafts stalls, kids games and
activities took place in fantastic weather, despite the downpours in the
weeks leading up to it. So many people and families came up to enjoy all
that the festival had to offer and everyone had a great time.
26 May 2012 - Hedge Maintenance and Litter Pick-up
A very good turnout for a morning of clearing the hedges of brambles and
long grass to help them to grow and look tidier. We also managed to collect
many black sacks of litter from across the park. Sadly, there are still
people that leave their waste wherever they are in the park and it looks
unsightly and is unhygienic. By the time we were finished the park looked
fantastic. Thanks to everyone who turned up.
10 March 2012 - Hedge Planting with the Brownies
A very speedy planting session with the Brownies, giving a
home to 60 or so mixed saplings donated from the Woodland Trust along
the boundry to the left as you enter Blythe Hill Fields from Brockley
View. We have tried to keep them watered so they have the best chance
of surviving. Well done and thanks to all those who came along.
2 July - Festival 2011
For a 5th successive year, we organised a brilliant summer festival for
the whole community. All the favourites were there plus a record turnout,
a main stage packed with fantastic music, great food, craft, jewellery,
produce stalls, games for kids of all ages including the infamous Welly
Wangling competition. We also had a great number of volunteers on the
day helping with the set up. Thank you to everyone that came - it was
a really great day. Check out the gallery for
26 February 2011 - Hedge Planting
As part of the Friends' ongoing planting plan, we got together
for our first planting event of 2011 on 26 February. Part of the Nature's
Gym programme, this was a chance for friends and neighbours to come together
and continue the planting of hedgerows around the perimter of the Fields.
We were also going to be installing a stag beetle loggery but sadly someone
had stolen the logs before we arrived..
3 July - Festival 2010
Once again the Fields were alive with music, stalls, games, foods and
full of local people enjoying our beautiful space for the fourth year
running. With well over 1,000 people partaking in some part of the celebration,
we had a fantastic day - thank you to everyone that came..
1 June 2010 - Playground Official Opening
Full details on the home page.
6 February 2010, 11am -2pm - Hedge
An excellent turnout of some new and more familiar faces spent a good
few hours adding another few hundred hedge whips along the edge of the
Fields between Blythe Hill Lane and the entrance on Montecute Road. The
hedge when it really gets established will be a haven and home for all
sorts of birds and other wildlife. Well done and thanks to everyone that
17 October 2009, 1030am - Wildflower Plug Planting
It was great to see some new faces join us in planting phase 1 of the
wildflower plugs that will hopefully transform the meadow area of Blythe
Hill and give it a flash of colour. This is part of the money awarded
for trees and wildflowers and Glendale have been contracted to complete
the planting in the coming weeks.
27 June 2009, 11am - 4pm - Blythe
Hill Fields Festival
For the third successive year, FBHF organised the Blythe Hill Fields Festival.
Over 3,000 people joined in the fun, with donkey rides, face-painting,
badge-making, races, cakes, food from local caterers and a line-up of
live music throughout the day. It was a beautiful day and the atmosphere
was relaxed, friendly and fun. Thanks to everyone who came along to support
this local event, it was great to see the park being used and enjoyed
by so many local people. Same time, same place next year!!
14 March 2009, 11am - Hedge Clearing
A small but dedicated group of Friends turned up to clear the hedges around
the whips we've all so carefully planted around the perimeter of the Fields.
They've now got room to breathe.
31 January 2009, 11am - Hedge Clearing/Planting
The first of our planting/clearing sessions for 2009.
30 November 2008, 11am - Tree Planting
Well done to the small and very hardy
group the braved the wind and rain to plant our 9 great news trees either
side of path leading down to Codrington Hill. It was appalling whether
and you did a fantastic job, the trees look great and will
Saturday 25 October 2008, 11am - Spring Bulb Planting
Another of our annual bulb planting events
to bring a splash of colour to Blythe Hill Fields. Come along and join
the fun and make your individualcontribution. Dress warmly and meet in
the middle of the Fields at 11am. Tools provided but bring your own supplies
of warm drinks and humour.
28 June 2008 - Blythe Hill Fields Festival
Following on from the first ever FUN
DAY last summer, we managed to stage an enourmously successful Festival,
bigger, better and even better weather than in 2007. Events on Blythe
Hill are becoming part of the local events calender. If you were there
and want to send us pictures or some memories of your day send
us an email, we'd love to hear from you.
If you want to get involved in the 2009 Festival, get in touch with us
and find out how. Or just come along to one of our meeting
10 November 2007 - Bulb Planting & Bird Boxes
huge thanks to all who came along. We had about 30 people there over the
course of the morning with a good mix of adults and children. We planted
1,000 Daffodils, 1,000 Bluebells and 1,000 Snowdrops.
Make sure you visit frequently in the Spring of 2008 to count the blooms.
also put up in the trees the 25 Bird Boxes that were sponsored by visitors
to the "Fun Day" in June. If you sponsored one yourself, go
and have a look and see how many you can spot in total by walking round
the whole park. If you didn't sponsor one, just go and count.
to Lara and Glendale for organising the tools and equipment and supplying
out for details our next planting event in early 2008.
Gallery for pictures...
16 June 2007 - FUN DAY!!
first ever Fun Day on the Fields saw more than 1,000 people enjoying a
range of family activities. Despite the intermitant rain, spirits remained
high and local people enjoyed donkey rides, face painting, bouncy castle,
fun races, welly wangling and much more...If you came along, thanks for
coming and we hope you had a great time. See Gallery
17 February 2007 - Hedge Planting Day II
second hedge planting day this year was very successful. The weather was
very good to us and allowed approximately 35 people to help plant another
100 metres of hedging similar to those that volunteers planted in February
2006. We're making fantastic progress on hedge planting so again, THANK
YOU! to all those volunteers who participated - it wouldn't have been
possible without you.
See Gallery for pictures...
20 January 2007 - Hedge Planting Day
hedge planting day was very successful. Despite the weather and the downpour,
over 30 people came to help out. We planted over 100 metres of hedging
similar to those that volunteers planted in February 2006. After it had
rained quite hard and we had finished the planting and the mulching, the
sun came out. Many thanks to all those volunteers who participated - it
wouldn't have been possible without you.
See Gallery for pictures...
Last October volunteers planted 4,000 spring flowering
bulbs and some of the snowdrops are now in flower.
Saturday 21 October 2006 - Bulb Planting Day
again BHFUG teamed up with Glendale to organise a bulb planting day on
the Fields. We had a great turnout of around 30 people who all helped
to plant 1,000 snowdrops, 1,000 bluebells and 1,000 daffodils!
was a very enjoyable morning, particularly pleasing to see so many children
joining in. There are some photos of the event in the Gallery.
15 July 2006 - Consultation Afternoon
on the Fields
afternoon event on 15 July was a great success and we were delighted to
see so many local residents and park users. We had a marquee on the Fields
with pictures of a range of fencing, play equipment, furniture and lighting
that could be part of improving facilities and feel of Blythe Hill Fields.
As well as the discussion on the Fields, there were also a number of fun
activities that were taking place on the Fields, including wellie throwing
and kids football with mini goals.
to the event 1,200 questionnaires had been delivered to houses all around
the Fields asking further detailed questions on what people wanted to
see as part of any planned improvements. Many more were completed on 15
responses have been collated and the report can be found in Downloads.
17 April 2006 - Easter Egg Hunt
fun was had by children and adults alike foraging for over 60 easter eggs
in and around the Blythe Hill Fields playground. It was great to see a
number of new faces.
February 2006 - Planting Day
User Group held a successful Planting Day where people from the User Group
volunteered to plant 100 meters-worth of tree whips along the north boundary
of the Fields. Not only was it a fun and social occasion it was also a
very practical measure to improve the security of houses backing on the
Fields and to give the Fields a defined boundary. The initiative was supported
by Glendale, Lewisham Council's parks contractor, which supplied the whips,
bark chippings, tools and provided a Green Gym. This involved the group
doing a physical warm up and warm down before and after the planting.
This helped prevent injuries but was also a fun way for the group to meet
User Group members have been monitoring the progress of the planting
and everything is going well. There are a few new photos in the Gallery.