The East London Garden Society

The Voice ‐ August 2017

Comment by Geoff

Geoff Juden

It seems we’ve come to an age of Victor Meldrew (One Foot in The Grave) ‐ “I don’t believe it!”

Tower Hamlets Homes have decided that gardens on one of their estates attract vermin, are ugly and do not conform. Some of these gardens at Stafford Cripps House have been tended by gardeners for sixteen years or more and enabled many to learn new gardening skills. At the time of my visit, the potatoes had already been dug up and discarded.

The officers who seem to know best, certainly need to be better educated. Just one of the many challenges in east London gardening.

Monsanto ‐ Roundup Herbicide


California’s Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced in 2015 that they planned to list glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, as a chemical known to cause cancer under Proposition 65, which requires consumer products with potential cancer‐causing ingredients to bear warning labels.

Monsanto filed formal comments with OEHHA saying the plan to list glyphosate as a carcinogen should be withdrawn. When the agency didn’t give in, Monsanto took it a step further and filed a lawsuit against OEHHA in January 2016 to stop the glyphosate/cancer classification. OEHHA filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, and a Fresno, California superior court judge ruled on their behalf in February 2017.

California regulators stated that glyphosate will appear on the state’s list of cancerous chemicals beginning 7 July 2017 which means new labels may be appearing within the next year in California that include a cancer warning on Roundup and other glyphosate‐containing weed killers, including Ortho Groundclear, KleenUp, AquaMaster, Sharpshooter, StartUp, Touchdown Total, Traxion, Vector and Vantage Plus Max II, and others. Back to top

Locksley Green Triangle

Limehouse Triangle

The local community surrounding the Locksely Green Triangle object to the plan to redevelop and build on this small green triangle of land so are again campaigning to have a nature reserve saved from the developers. See The Limehouse Triangle for more information.

If you wish to support them sign their petition and read more about their objections. Back to top

The Benefits of Parks


Parks are good for bodily and mental health since they help in the fight against obesity, are good for biodiversity and lower city temperatures in the summer. They are free, whereas other ways of entertaining your family are not. Whatever savings might be made to taxpayers by cuts to parks, will be spent several times over by those same citizens on other distractions.

As major cities become more populated and rising property prices mean fewer people can afford houses with gardens, they are becoming more vital. They are also incredibly good value; the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces estimates that the combined expenditure by local authorities on open spaces in England, Scotland and Wales is about £1.2bn per year, or 0.15% of total public expenditure. See The Benefits of Parks for the full article. Back to top

Birthday Garden Party

Garden Party

Friends of Island Gardens, which is 122 years old, invite you to a Birthday Garden Party on 5 August between 12 noon and 5 p.m. at Island Gardens, London E14.

Food and drink, live music and lots of activities will be available. Back to top

Cooking in a Different Way ‐ A Good Drink for The Summer

A drink known as a ‘John Collins’ has existed since the 1860s and is believed to have originated with a headwaiter of that name who worked at Limmer’s Old House in Conduit Street in Mayfair, which was a popular London hotel and coffee house between 1790 to 1817. The following recipe for the drink was featured in the Steward and Barkeeper’s Manual of 1869.


  • One teaspoonful of powdered sugar
  • The juice of half a lemon
  • A wine glass of Old Tom Gin
  • A bottle of plain soda
John Collins

Shake up or stir up with ice and add a slice of lemon peel to finish.
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