If you don’t read The Times, you may have missed this fascinating report on the Lost Effra Project and the plan to create gardens on the roofs of  the shops alongside the railway line.

Glowing tribute to Brockwell Park, too.

From The Times of Saturday 28th June.


Lost Effra Project






Consider joining the Fawnbrake Avenue lending and borrowing circle on Ecomodo, which many residents may already have heard about.

Ecomodo explain it like this:

Already a few neighbours have joined and added some items they are willing to share including a chocolate fountain, ladder, travel cot and bike. As well as household objects you can add your skills (such as gardening advice, guitar lessons, computer repair or help with IT) and spaces too (such a bedroom, a space for storage or even a beach hut – though obviously this may not be local).

Ecomodo is a social enterprise and their aim is to bring neighbours together, to help each other out and make visible the things that people are willing to share in one place.

Their website lets you to list your items to lend and see what others have on offer. Items can be lent for free or as a lender you are able to charge for an item, and choose if you want to keep the fee or make a donation to charity. And if you need to borrow something that isn’t yet listed you can post a wanted ad.

By borrowing the things you only occasionally need, as opposed to buying new, is not only a simple way to save money but it’s better for the environment. It’s an amazing fact – that the average drill is used for only 12 minutes in its lifetime. The total lifecycle impact from the collection of raw materials, manufacturing and distribution, to disposal is unacceptable when the purchaser was probably within a few metres of an idle drill in a neighbour’s shed.

If you’re not sure what to lend or borrow – sign up – to keep an eye on new items or wanted ads added in our neighbourhood. And for a bit of inspiration browse all items to borrow to see what others are lending around the UK.

More information:

About ecomodo
Lending with confidence
How ecomodo works

You might want to share experiences here about how it works out for you.


Here’s an announcement from the North Herne Hill Climate Action Network:

“We are a group of environmentally minded residents of the slice of Herne Hill between Milkwood Road and Herne Hill. We can be found at:



We had our first meeting on October 9th focusing on how to reduce our energy consumption. We agreed that we would become an Eco Team (http://www.ecoteams.org.uk) and follow a plan over the next four months to reduce our carbon footprints.

Join our Eco Team! On November 11th we’ll have our first Eco Team meeting where we’ll talk through what the programme means, decide what areas we want to focus on, and set some goals. Please do come even if you’re undecided about joining the team.

What does it involve?

  • 4-6 meetings for 1-2 hours each
  • Recording your electricity and gas meter readings once a month
  • Weighing your rubbish and recycling each week
  • Measuring your transport use
  • Working together to figure out how to reduce our environmental impact
  • Using these measurements to track and celebrate our progress

Our next meeting will be November 11 at 7:30pm at 15 Fawnbrake Avenue.

Please rsvp to nhhcan [at] googlemail.com or 020 7733 5177. “