Herne Hill greens up the Square

Local residents and volunteers rolled their sleeves up today to plant pallets, dig tree pits and paint portraits as they gave Herne Hill a green makeover.

The event was organised by the Herne Hill Forum, following funding from the Mayor of London’s Capital Clean-Up programme, which has seen public spaces across the city spruced up. This was the second of two clean-up days for Herne Hill, the earlier one in July ‘scrub up the Square’ getting rid of grime and grot in preparation for the beautiful new planters.

During the morning, volunteers dug tree pits and planted flowers, painted pallets to create a hanging garden display in an unloved alley-way, and planted a ‘train planter’  - a unique flower bed in the shape of a train carriage, with a seating area, to provide hours of entertainment for young railway fans. The children also designed self-portraits to hang in the train windows and drew colourful summer pictures in chalks.

Children, passers-by, and older friends of the area turned up to help out on the fun community morning which injected colour and fun into the Square.

Giles Gibson, from the Herne Hill Forum said ‘It’s great to see everyone come together to give the Square and Brockwell Passage a cleaner, greener look. The energy and enthusiasm from everyone involved was outstanding’.

The morning wasn’t short of young potters and painters.

Mary, 7, said ‘ I liked doing the painting – I got some on my nose! And I loved doing the chalks on the floor too. ‘

Misty, also 7 agreed ‘It was so much fun drawing a self-portrait. I love the train carriage and planting the flowers, it’s so fun.’

The train carriage was built by Jamie Hoyle at Koda Studios, a local furniture maker with a thirst for fun contemporary designs, with the plants coming from Herne Hill’s The Flower Lady.

See photos from the day here: http://www.hernehill.org.uk/photo-albums/green-square-herne-hill-28th-august-2015


  • For more information on activities from the Herne Hill Forum please go to www.hernehill.org

  • Koda Studios is a bespoke furniture design company specialising in hand crafted, natural edge timber tables, hairpin legs and unique copper & brass lighting. www.kodastudios.com