Work begins in the White Garden

We held our first work day in the White Garden last Friday. Thirteen volunteers worked alongside Lambeth Parks to remove plants and start digging over the soil in preparation for the new design. We removed some of the large shrubs (such as the Asmanthus and Lilac) that are casting too much shade over the garden […]

Help us to transform the White Garden

Help restore this historic garden, learn about gardening and meet like-minded people!    

New Floral Bed

The raised floral bed in the Rookery was replanted yesterday, based on Sunnyhill Primary School Eco-warriors’ winning entry in the Rookery Centenary Flowerbed Design.  

Orchid found

A surprise discovery on the Nature Trail Walk on Tuesday the 8th was a flowering orchid, the first that anyone can recall on Streatham Common. It was identified as a Broad-leaved Helleborine.  

Display of competition entries at Streatham Library

Earlier in the year, we held a competition for local primary schools to redesign the Rookery Centenary flowerbed, the circular raised bed near the main entrance to the Rookery. We received over 40 entries from children at Crown Lane, Woodmansterne, Sunnyhill, and Hitherfield Primary Schools. We are delighted to say that a display featuring the winning […]

New Heritage Trail on display this Sunday

Have you ever wondered what The Rookery was like before it was a public garden, where the old Rookery house used to stand, or which plants in the Rookery come from South America? Now is your chance to find out! This Sunday, as part of Open Garden Squares, we will be running a Heritage Trail […]

Sundial returns

A brand new sundial is in place in the Rookery Gardens, although you won’t be able to examine it up close until the Heritage Lottery funded work on relaying the surrounding crazy paving has been completed. The new sundial is 100% brass. This makes it much less liable to suffer from vandalism than the previous […]

Delightful delphiniums win the day!

The Friends hosted a stall at the community fete at the newly re-opened Streatham Library on Saturday. It was a great event – the hall was packed all day with local people collecting information from community organisations, indulging in the fantastic offering of cake from the W.I., and generally enjoying the buzz. We got the […]

New Trees on the Common

During February and March, over 700 new trees and shrubs were planted on the Common, mostly adjacent to Streatham Common North. You may not have noticed them because they are just whips – very young trees that are less than a metre tall – but in years to come they should grow into fine copses […]

Flowerbed design competition: Winner announced!

We’re delighted to announce that the winners of the Rookery Centenary Flowerbed Design Competition are the Eco-warriors from Sunnyhill Primary School. The Eco-warrriors are a group of 10 children from across different year groups who have shown a particular enthusiasm for environmental issues.