The mission of Grow Mayow Community Garden Project

To create a community hub that is a source of education and enthusiasm for growing and nature.
Our aim is to encourage inner city gardening with a view to reducing the carbon output involved in food production enjoying the garden nature and to enjoy this urban green space.
We host weekly sessions from Monday to Friday at the garden,  for both adults and children

Three principlesthat we apply are
Earth Care, People care, and Fair share

We have a nursery rhyme time on Tuesdays 10.15am Messy Art Play on Wednesday 10.30 and Nature Kids on Thursdays10.30

We host several events each year to expose the wider community to what different ways of gardening looks like, to build a community of volunteers, and to have fun.
Our ethos is sustainability – reduce, reuse recycle – and inclusiveness – we want garden users to reflect the diversity of the neighbourhood.

At Grow Mayow you will see many examples of permaculture food growing in practice. This includes companion planting – putting beneficial plants side-by-side, rainwater harvesting system, and recycling of materials.

As well as considering permaculture in our food growing, we aim to apply the idea of permaculture and interconnecting elements to our work away from the site.
This includes encouraging others to get involved in our projects.

Our initiatives
• Support people to develop in horticulture skills.
• Training, workshops and other learning, we give practical support to local community groups and organisations that want to start or develop their own food growing projects.

Grow Mayow Community Garden relies entirely on voluntary contributions.

We hope you will have the chance to visit us in person, to wander around, to sit, relax and enjoy the garden.
and you can contact us if you like more information


Community Garden How it all started

In June 2009  we started clearing the site and with funding form Capital Growth
wecould start with sowing seeds building raised beds installing water tanks.
We also had many many donations and the site is build with many recycled items and recycled wood form skips finds.


Mayow park, a bit of history

Mayow Park, originally named Sydenham Recreation Ground, is the borough's oldest municipal park

The opening of Mayow Park on 1 June 1878 was a big occasion; ten thousand people filled the park, and several hundred children marched through the area, accompanied by bands and a horse-drawn carriage. The original marble drinking fountain is inscribed with the following words: 'Erected by subscription in recognition of the services of the Rev W Taylor Jones MA in acquiring this ground for the public, 1 June 1878'.

A public meeting at the Foresters' Hall, Clyde Vale (the building survives) on 24th February 1876 was a turning point. It was attended by "many well known ladies and gentlemen". The Earl of Dartmouth was in the chair. Sharing the platform with him was his younger brother, the Hon and Rev Augustus Legge. Their father, as Lewisham's major landowner, was a principal proponent and major beneficiary of the enclosure of Sydenham Common in 1819. At this meeting, Taylor Jones announced that Mayow Wynell Adams had offered 17½ acres of land for £8,500 (about half its market value). The meeting unanimously accepted the site offered by Mayow Adams and accepted a motion, proposed by George Grove, to open a subscription list of those willing to donate.

In a book published in 1878, Mayow Wynell Adams wrote, "It had often occurred to me how pleasant a thing it would be if I could devote a portion of land for the amusement and recreation of the public, but … it was not in my power to give it." In 1874, Mayow Wynell Adams inherited the Old House, on the site of the present Earlsthorpe Road. After a legal dispute with his trustees, he was able to offer the site of the present park.

Mayow Adams of Old House, Sydenham. Benefactor and co-founder of Mayow Park
The Mayow Adams family owned a considerable amount of property in Sydenham from the late eighteenth century to the late nineteenth century. The Old House on Sydenham Road, was on the site of Brookhouse Farm, and was owned by the Hodsdon family until purchased by Mayow in 1787. From then on, the Mayows acquired most of the land between Sydenham Road and Perry Vale. They also held land in Devon and Surrey, the latter being the Nunscombe estate.