For many years the site was abandoned and suffered from fly-tipping. In 2012, Southeastern railway agreed to the community's proposals to use the site as a community garden. Since 2012 the site has seen some high and low points, with persistent weeds coming back and becoming uncontrollable. However, there is a renewed energy to see the site transform into a small pocket park and garden oasis for all to enjoy. The garden stretches from the station building to the bike stand just before the accessible entrance onto platform one. Follow the links to read more about the site's history and the design proposals.
First Station Partnership Agreement
On Monday December 7, 2015 Thameslink launched its first Station Partnership with the community gardeners of Crofton Park. The signing of the Station Partnership formalised the commitment between the community and Thameslink - Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) to work together on plans to make it even more attractive to the 700,000 passengers who travel through the station each year. Since then, the team of core volunteers has increased and fly-tipping on the site has massively reduced.
The garden is managed by a core group of dedicated resident volunteers. Anyone living in the area is welcome to join and work towards transforming this little space. The garden equally relies on many drop-in volunteers who come and go when they have some free time and want to spend the day outdoors gardening. Recently the Good Gym team have also joined to help out on route. Do get in touch via our contact page if you'd like to get involved, either as a permanent member of the garden's committee or as a casual volunteer. Please subscribe to our mailing list to find out about forthcoming volunteer opportunities.
We are very thankful to all our supporters over the years for their monetary contributions as well as for their volunteered time. We could not have acheived any of the work done so far without this support.
We have received grants from the Lewisham Council Crofton Park Ward Assembly (2015, 2016, 2017); The Cooperative (2014); Capital CleanUp; Govia Thameslink Railway.
We are also very grateful to Employee Volunteering for coordinating the corporate volunteer days; and the team from Prudential who joined.
We are forever thankful to all our visitors who have come along to our pop-up harvest market days and also for their generous donations.