The East London Garden Society

The Voice ‐ October 2017

Comment by Geoff

Geoff Juden

There are always arguments for and against using herbicides and pesticides, which are chemically manufactured. Evidence of their effect on the environment can always be shown after a sustained period of testing. But, when the testing is to be made on the living world over many years, it is only then that we realise the damage they do.

In the medical world we had Thalidomide, in the horticultural world we had DDT and both products were eventually found to be harmful. So, when there is conflicting opinion on the use of manufactured chemicals, such as Glyphosate weed killer which does not deteriorate, there will always be a problem.

Ban Glyphosate Based Herbicides

Glyphosate Herbicides

Stop using glyphosate‐based herbicides on our food and our soils. Not only is glyphosate absorbed by plants treated with the chemical, but it is also absorbed into the ground, contaminating our water. Protect our well‐being and our environment.

Glyphosate is a chemical that is used in many herbicides, but scientists are now finding that it is toxic and tied to many serious health‐related issues, including birth defects and infertility. The widespread use of glyphosate is contaminating our water and our food, affecting both those that consume glyphosate‐treated products and those that do not.

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Garden Competition

Garden Competition

An annual gardening competition which looks for exceptional front gardens and eye‐catching window boxes saw nine people awarded for their efforts.

People living in the Cann Hall and Cathall wards in Leytonstone are encouraged by the competition organisers to take pride in their homes. The lucky winners of the Front Garden Competition, now in its third year, were presented with their certificates at a ceremony at the Salvation Army Hall, Southwell Grove Road, Leytonstone.

The aim of the competition run by SLADA (South Leytonstone Area Development Association) and East London Garden Society is to brighten up neighbourhoods for those living there and those passing through. Back to top



Also called sugar pumpkin, it is a vibrant orange with widely ribbed sections, growing close to the ground on twining vines with huge, fan-like leaves. Pumpkins rarely weigh more than 20 to 25 pounds and can be harvested much smaller, but the larger they are, the more food you'll get. They also yield edible seeds and the orange colour has a slightly pink grey tinge, the body often bulging where it lies on the ground.

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Protect Haggerston Park

Haggerston Park

A Planning and Premises License application has been made for an event that lasts four weeks (thirty‐nine continuous and consecutive days) in Haggerston Park. This event will be run for profit by Winter South Ltd (a commercial entity) associated with Winterville and Loudsound.

The proposed designated arena will take up to half of the main area of the park for six weeks from mid‐November 2017 to mid‐January 2018. A massive enclosure will take away valued green space for park users, dog walking, sports and recreation and of course, simple enjoyment of what is normally quiet, open air, grassed area.

It will run for up to seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a license for loud music which includes live bands and amplified music with no proposed soundproofed enclosure, several bars serving alcohol, entertainment, office parties and corporate hospitality with a capacity of up to 4,999 people.

See Protect Haggerston Park for more information and how to object to this application. Back to top

Cooking in a Different Way ‐ Pumpkin Soup

There are many versions of this remarkable fruit available in the late Autumn. The pumpkin has become synonymous with Halloween so why not make a wonderful soup to keep yourself warm for the darkening days.

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