Gipsy Hill Station adjoining land has deteriorated considerably, making the station less enjoyable to use and engendering a sense of elevated risk when in the immediate environs. Several parts of the land behind Platform 1 are fenced off and currently in a very poor state, making them subject to littering and fly tipping, and are generally unkempt along the side roads making them feel unpleasant. We need your help to improve this neglected area. The idea is to undertake significant environmental improvements to the area and to make it a more enjoyable, safer and positive place for all those who live and work around it. This would be achieved by upgrading the green space around the station, enhancing the diversity of vegetation and wildlife, and fostering strong community involvement. We plan to transform the environmentally impoverished land into a wildlife habitat, an educational and community space, and a beautiful green garden.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This provides environmental improvements to beautify the area, making it a pleasant station to use. It provides a usable green space as a focus for the community, transforming a currently inhospitable and menacing side road into an attractive and well-managed garden. By introducing planting into currently neglected scrubland, we will focus on indigenous and wildlife-promoting species. We will deter anti-social behaviours such as littering, fly tipping and crime enhancing the safety of the Sainsbury Road side of the station, where pedestrians are often forced to interact directly with traffic. We will address social divisions and low inclusivity by offering volunteering opportunities to residents, schools and other community groups. We will offer therapeutic benefits in terms of wellbeing generally, but specifically to fitness and mental health to all those involved in the planning and the realisation of the project.
Steps to get it done:
The Friends of Gipsy Hill are also looking to: Establish an orchard on another disused part of the station grounds Insect hotels are particularly needed to preserve the endangered stag beetle which is resident in the area. Increased habitat and food plants for bees and other pollinators, including the locally common jersey tiger moth (https://ukmoths.org.uk/species/euplagia-quadripunctaria/) Improvement of the area currently frequented by the Gipsy Hill Station Cat (https://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/news/croydon-news/story-behind-loveable-cat-who-550932), a local celebrity with a large social media following (https://twitter.com/thegipsyhillcat?lang=en), Year two : Design a children's play area for a second phase of the project Works on the lower tract of land including construction of a project space depends on funding. Establish a drought resistant avenue of mid-height hedgerow along Sainsbury Road.
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The Friends of Gipsy Hill have joined forces with the Gipsy Hill Brewing Company, on Hamilton Road, who have offered to sponsor a thank you event for you, our backers. They have offered us the use of the Tap Room and a Gipsy Hill pint (or suitable soft drink) as a thank you to all of you for backing our garden at the Gipsy Hill Station. We would like to invite you to come along to see how we are progressing with our plans and to share your ideas for future involvement. We hope you can make it, an invitation has been emailed to you for you to reply to. Check your SPAM filters if it hasn't popped up. It is from us, honestly!! For those of you further a field, who can't make it, drop us a stamped addressed envelope to FOGH C/O 28 Colby Road, London, SE19 1HA and we'll send you an "I love Gipsy Hill" badge. There is only one in existence outside London (that I am aware of) with the lovely lady who stopped me on the train in Manchester who said she used to live in Gipsy Hill and I donated my badge to her. **This event is by invitation only and you can bring along a guest**
Finally, we have signed the contract, with the GLA, to deliver the garden and your pledges are due to be taken tomorrow. Thank you all once again for your support. Please keep an eye out for your donations and if they don't go or you have accidentally cancelled your direct debit then drop us a line and we will send you details to send your pledge directly to us if you would still like to support us. So what happens next, as you can see we have started. We have another day of action on the 16th Feb where we will be painting up our planter stands and finishing off our stools. 3rd March - Backers thank you event at the Tap Room (Details and date confirmation due soon) 10th March we should be joining the Friends of Stambourne Wood to make some bird and or bat boxes 23rd March we will be planting our planters with plants!! Further dates will be published once we catch up with ourselves. Thank you to City Hall and the Space Hive team for processing your donation and we look forward to updating you soon From the Friends of Gipsy Hill
What a fantastic turn out and loads of work carried out. The banner was erected, the stools were sanded and painted, the planter stands arrived and were painted, the kids collected sticks and made signs for the bug hotels, we litter picked, we turned more of the garden over and discovered a roman wall !! (well probably an British Rail depot wall - but will make a great foundation for FoGH sign). A bit chilly but the rain and the snow kept off and today the sun is shining and the paint will dry. More planning carried out. The future is bright, the future is Gipsy Hill!! Thank you to all who attended and helped out. We will carryout round 2 (for a second coat of paint) on the 16th February from 10am.
Dear All, Please bear with us while the crowdfunding is processed. Your pledges are important to enable us to deliver the garden. Our 1st session of the new year will be on the 19th January at the station. We will be painting up some pallets in readiness for the planters, continuing the ground prep and doing some stool seating sanding and securing. This will be alongside our usual tidy up. Hope you can pop down to help from 10am. Regards Andy and the Friends of Gipsy Hill