Yesterday’s Daily Telegraph reported that a row had erupted on a street near Brixton Hill after a resident accused neighbours of stealing flowers planted on the street by a community group. It began with a note pinned to a tree in the street, reading: “Please do not pick my flowers. Thanks”.
An aggrieved neighbour replied: “In an area massively affected by gentrification, it’s sad to see people claiming ownership of even the flowers.”
But other neighbours chipped in, and one wrote: “ARE YOU SERIOUS? This is not about ownership or gentrification, this is about someone trying to make the street a nicer place for EVERYONE by planting flowers and people stealing them and stamping on them!”
The original note poster responded, explaining that the lupins and geraniums had been planted as part of a local scheme called Our Streets, in which members of the local community “adopt” a tree to water and plant flowers under. They added that the flowers had now been dug up and “moved elsewhere”.
A local gardener who been planting brightly coloured blooms on roads near her house reported that they have been stolen, and commented sadly “Come on, people of Brixton Hill – you’re better than this. 12 plants taken overnight.”
We couldn’t imagine such things happening here on Fawnbrake Avenue, could we?
Over on Twitter, one or two people commented on our recent story about Southwark’s proposed parking charges in Dulwich Park. They said rather smugly that no-one should take their cars there anyway, and that walking is more environmentally correct. Conventional fair comment, but not everyone is fit enough to walk two or three miles to visit a park or a gallery. Oh, I suppose they can always summon a Uber …
A nicer and more balanced opinion has appeared from one of our neighbours here in Fawnbrake. To save scrolling down, I’ll reproduce it here too:
“Another reason to visit the park regularly is to attend the many Dulwich & District U3A groups that meet in Rosebery Lodge. Many Herne Hill residents are signed up for these. Personally, though by nature lazy, I get out the bike and cycle to my group, so am feeling rather smug about the planned charges. But this is not an option for everyone and the absence of a good bus service makes it more difficult. But I do commend cycling. And from where I am in Fawnbrake you can always avoid the climb up Kestrel (and Ruskin Walk on the return) by taking the slightly longer way round along Milkwood Road. And from Half Moon lane turn into quiet Winterbrook Road, where soon the Japanese cherries will be flowering – a real delight.”
It’s easy to miss comments posted on this blog (one of the defects of the site architecture), but readers may wish to know that our Burbage Road neighbours have commented on our earlier story as follows:
“Thanks so much for featuring the Exit:Burbage celebrations in your fantastic newsletter . Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible during them. Details on our website
Very best wishes from your neighbours in Burbage Road Louise Wood , Chair of the Burbage Road Residents Association“
This March sees the 400th anniversary of the death of Richard Burbage – artist, entrepreneur, friend of Shakespeare, and celebrated during his lifetime as the most eminent actor of his age.
Our neighbours in Burbage Road, built across the fields in late Victorian times to join Half Moon Lane to Dulwich Village (or vice versa), have launched a timely festival to commemorate Mr Burbage, entitled Exit:Burbage, with the first event (waiting list) – a guided Burbage walk between Shoreditch and the Globe Theatre – on 13 March, the exact anniversary of Burbage’s death.
They have created an excellent website and we can follow them on Twitter: @ExitBurbage
It’s true that hedgehogs are now rarely seen in Herne Hill. But if there any around, seeking winter shelter, it would be distressing to endanger them if they are hiding in a pile of wood ready for a bonfire.