18 September 6.30 in the Park Hut

Annual General Meeting followed by regular planning meeting and raffle draw.

Please come along, open to all. Newcomers are always welcome and volunteers needed to help on planting, steering group, communications and activities.

Park maintenance is managed by Glendale.


Join second birthday celebrations this weekend at the Brookmill Pub, 65 Cranbrook Road, SE8 4EJ.

On August 31st, Sept 1st and 2nd there will be Beer tasting, Arts and Crafts, Salsa, Quiz, Raffle and Live Music.

The Brookmill Team has kindly committed proceeds from the Raffle to the Friends of Brookmill Park for the second year.  Funds will go towards our efforts to improve planting and biodiversity in our favourite local green space.

Anyone interested in joining the planting or steering groups, please get in touch by contacting

Look forward to seeing you down the pub!


Picnic located between the pond and the playground

Bring family, friends and neighbours to a picnic in your local park.

Bring your own food, drink, and something to sit on.

There will be children’s activities, face-painting and an art workshop.

There will be cakes, tea and plants for sale and

A raffle with amazing local prizes.

Acoustic instruments are welcome.

Please do not brings dogs to the park.

Event organised by Friends of Brookmill Park.


Please contact with your contact details and an indication of how you might like to be involved.


Learn about the local area at four Sunday evening talks in March and April
6.15 for 6.45 start, finishing 8.00

Time: February 25th
Tide: March 11th
Open Space: 25th March
Boat: April 22nd

Tickets £5.00 per talk. Pay on the door at The Brookmill Pub, 65 Cranbrook Rd, St John’s, Deptford SE8 4EJ  Tel: 020 8333 0899

Talks will be recorded for anyone unable to access the upstairs room.

Talk 1: Time
25 February

Before the pips, the speaking clock and computer time, how did anyone set their clocks and watches?

Local resident David Rooney, Keeper of Technologies and Engineering at the Science Museum, will relate the remarkable story of Ruth Belville who, against the odds, distributed time in Greenwich, Deptford and far beyond.

Talk 2: Tide
11th March

Clinging to the Edge. Wildlife in the tidal Ravensbourne from Lewisham, Brookmill Park to Deptford Creek. Nick Bertrand of Creekside Discovery Centre will give an illustrated talk about the ebb and flow of life in recent decades.

Talk 3: Green Space
25th March

John Evelyn had a vision of building Elysium in the middle of the city. His 17th Century garden at Sayes Court has played a pivotal role far beyond Deptford in the history of parks and open spaces. Project leaders, Bob Bagley and local resident Roo Angell, will talk about this early environmentalist, his Deptford garden and international influence.

Talk 4: Boat
22nd April

Local boat resident and restorer, Julian Kingston, is a founder of the Build the Lenox project, a venture to rebuild a timber fighting ship first launched 330 years ago from Henry VIII’s Royal Dockyards. He will talk about the amazing history of 17th and 18th century boatbuilding in Deptford.

These talks are organised by The Friends of Brookmill Park and kindly hosted by the Brookmill Pub. Proceeds go towards promotion and enhancement of the park, its wildlife, planting and amenities. Any enquiries to


Bumble Bee boy

Bumble Bee boy was seen today,Thursday 22nd November,collecting bees in a plastic bottle.He had about 6-8 bees.I asked him what he was doing and he said he just liked collecting them and he would let them go later.He said he would not kill them.I pointed out that it was important that the bees were able to fly freely and pollinate the flowers.He had a bit of foliage in the bottle with the bees.

Deptford in the Pink: grant awarded by Brockley Assembly

We are delighted to report our grant application to Brockley Assembly was successful.  This will support development of the park as a community resource for horticultural skills exchange, biodiversity improvement and creativity.

Support will enable us to:

  • Increase the Planting Group’s ability to work effectively and involve others;
  • Make improvements to two more rose-beds;
  • Host seed planting and propagation workshops;
  • Grow the Deptford Pink in Deptford (Dianthus Armeria, a Priority Species in UK Biodiversity Action Plan);
  • Foster botanical and horticultural knowledge through an art workshop;
  • Encourage horticultural skills locally through advice, sale of plants and exhibition at the summer picnic.

The grant will cover costs of:

  • gardening equipment;
  • insect-friendly plants to edge 2 flowerbeds;
  • 4 tables and seeds for propagation workshops and plant sales;
  • community arts workshop to improve knowledge of the Deptford Pink and wild flowers in the park.  Redstart Arts lead artist, Cash Aspeek, will devise the arts workshop and summer display.

Redstart Arts, resident artists, hold sessions for artists with learning disabilities, design and distribute Park information and organise exhibitions.

  Fred and David making a line for a row of flowers 




Images: Deptford Pink (Dianthus Armeria), Bernd Haynold Wikimedia Commons;Planting Group in Action; Heron, Redstart Arts.

For further information or to join the Planting Group, please contact Julia Rowntree, Coordinator, on