OLD TIDEMILL WILDLIFE GARDEN & 2-30A Reginald Road under threat of Demolition

Old Tidemill School Garden (located in Reginald Road, SE8) is loved by All.  It is so rare to find a lovely nature space in the Deptford urban jungle that has so much bio-diversity:-spotted belly newts, foxes, stag beetles, butterflies, the parrots from Greenwich park who love to visit other bird life and masses of trees, plants etc – especially the beloved Indian Bean Tree, and a wonderful nature environment for children to play in and for the whole community to bask in its tranquility.
London Live, did another update on Tidemill Garden last week:
The local community needs all the help it can get to raise the £10.000 needed to take the Tidemill garden fight to judicial review at the end of this month.
The council want to demolish the Garden for a Development plan – and DNA want to create a new Development Plan which keeps the Garden at the centre of it and also keeps the 16 social homes known as Reginald House:
If you would like to support the Crowd Justice campaign please click on this link:

FREE Events coming up at Old Tidemill Garden, Reginald Road, SE8

Events coming up:

Sat 26 May Art and Gentrification walk- details here:  https://artandcritique.uk/art-crawl/ the walk will be stopping off at the garden for a picnic and discussion at 12.45 – discussion 1pm-1.30pm.

Sun 3 June12-3pm The big Lunch- Bring a dish/food to share

Sat 9 June1-8pm    Peruvian Fund raiser

Sunday 10 June, 2-5pm– Fix up – Mend day, clothes, bikes, electricals. Clothes swap

Sunday 17 June 12- 6pm fabric dying, magnet making, flower pot painting, plant -collage rubbings and more

Evelyn Garden as part of the Chelsea Fringe Saturday 19th May & Saturday 26th May 2018

The first session of – John Evelyn’s Kalendarium Hotense, a seventeenth century garden almanac – takes place on Saturday 19th May 2018.
Learn about plants grown in the seventeenth century, and the plants grown now in the twenty-first century.
Venue: John Evelyn Community Garden, Windlass Place off Grove Street, Deptford, SE8 3QH:            Time: 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm.
People working and looking around in Evelyn Community Gardens, Deptford, London, England, UK, September 2011 2020VISION Exhibition 2020VISION Book Plate - Paul Harris/ 2020V/ npl
A second session will also be held on Saturday 26th May 2018.
Held as part of the Chelsea Fringe 2018 – held over the 19th to 27th May 2018 – The Alternative Garden Festival:  www.chelseafringe.com
(Number 24, on the map of events)

AIR POLLUTION IN DEPTFORD/NEW CROSS AT DANGEROUS LEVELS

South East London pollution far exceeds WHO limit, Goldsmiths Citizen Sense Research reveals that Six times WHO limit exceeded on multiple occasions

Working with residents in South East London concerned about air pollution, Citizen Sense found that citizens’ digital monitoring shows evidence of air pollution in relation to major traffic intersections, construction-related activity, and traffic on the River Thames.

– Monitoring device used by citizens across SE London
– Road traffic, construction sites, and River Thames traffic potential causes.

Goldsmiths’ ‘Citizen Sense’ research group equipped local residents with their new ‘Dustbox’ device designed to measure the volume of particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5) in the atmosphere in seven areas of South East London.

PM2.5 refers to tiny particles in the air that are able to travel deep into the respiratory tract and can affect lung function and worsen medical conditions such as asthma and heart disease.

The WHO daily mean concentration guideline of 25 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic metre of air (µg/m3) was regularly exceeded across Deptford, New Cross and Lewisham, with daily mean concentrations above 150 µg/m3 being registered on multiple occasions between January and April this year.

The research has highlighted a number of likely causes of increasing pollution, with particularly high instances of PM2.5 detected at major traffic intersections, around construction sites for new housing developments, and at locations where drivers often leave engines idling.

Data from the Pepys area of Deptford also indicated the possibility that the primarily diesel-fueled traffic on the River Thames could be causing elevated levels of PM2.5.

Two Dustboxes around 200 metres from the Thames regularly registered a daily mean concentration of PM2.5 over 100 µg/m3 in February 2017.

Professor Jennifer Gabrys said: “There were a number of striking findings from this research, not least the spikes in pollution on certain days and around certain areas. The results suggest that rapid urban regeneration, ever growing volumes of vehicles, and traffic idling are becoming increasingly harmful to London’s atmosphere and its population. We were also drawn to findings that suggested pollution could be coming from River Thames traffic, which raises questions about how we manage that as a city.

“All citizens who took part in this research did so because they are concerned about the rising levels of pollution in their city, and want to use evidence to support projects to improve the urban realm. One of our other surprising findings is that green spaces, if well planted, can make a significant contribution to improving local air quality. We hope that the main takeaway from this research will be that urban design can play a big role in preventing and mitigating air pollution. Our hope is that the monitoring toolkit and data stories will provide a method and guide for others to contribute to the wider development of citizen-led environmental monitoring to support and build more liveable cities.”

They also found that pedestrian streets can make a positive contribution to preventing and mitigating air pollution.

You can read the data stories and findings at:

Data Stories: Deptford

The research was reported in the Evening Standard (14/11/17) at:
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/its-time-to-act-now-say-researchers-who-found-pollution-at-six-times-world-safety-limit-in-deptford-a3690451.html

The Dustbox was developed at Goldsmiths by the Citizen Sense research group. It includes a sensor for detecting PM2.5, a microcomputer, and WiFi connectivity so data can be uploaded and analysed in real time.

Citizen Sense carried out similar research in the US from 2014 to 2016. This application of monitoring technology in the UK has been carried out by Citizen Sense team members Professor Jennifer Gabrys, Helen Pritchard and Dr Lara Houston.

PLANNING CONSULTATION FOR HOUSING OPPOSITE FOLKESTONE GARDENS TOMORROW: 17th October

THANKS TO DEPTFORD FOLK FOR SENDING US THIS:

DeptfordFolk Aitch Consultation

Aitch construction have acquired the land/buildings on the north-west side of Folkestone Gardens. They plan to develop: “commercial workshop and creative industry floorspace and a range of quality new homes”. This development will directly overlook Folkestone Gardens.
Public consultation event:
Tuesday 17th October
3pm to 8pm
Vive Living, Childers Street.
 
See invitation HERE!