Grow in the Dark

Crossfields Residents Association

'Grow in the Dark' brings life (human, animal and vegetal!) to some of Crossfields Estate's most neglected and heavily-shaded areas through the protection and sensitive introduction of native fungi and plants.

Visitor Information

Crossfields Estate (southern end, behind Wilshaw House)
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London
SE8 4SF

The Grow in the Dark wildlife garden is located at the southern end of Crossfields Estate (51.476988, -0.021621). It can be entered from the west between Cremer House and Wilshaw House or from Creekside, on its east end. Sorry, there is no public parking at Crossfields. The space is primarily for the Crossfields community. We ask everyone who visits to be respectful of the community, keep noise to a minimum and carry out any rubbish. Thank you.

Get involved

Volunteering opportunities / Upcoming events

Grow in the Dark volunteers unite! There will be a tea and planning session at 3pm on 2 June 2019.

Get in touch

Photos of the site

Crossfields dense tree canopy

Friday, March 1, 2019

Orange = GitD target zones

Friday, March 1, 2019

Setting up shop!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The site (looking west)

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The site (looking east)

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Inside Chi's (future) Sanctuary

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Starting to clean up...

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Bags of debris ready for chipping

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Some buried treasures!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Still lots to do.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

This week they promise not to mow

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Field trip to City Wood!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Fungi homes at City Wood

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Making bird boxes

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Hanging bird boxes

Saturday, May 11, 2019

No tree too high!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Nick leads a habitat survey

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mexican fleabane is everywhere!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

common daisy (bellis perennis)

Sunday, May 12, 2019

doves-foot crane’s bill & violets

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Terrific logo runner up

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Field trip to Oxleas Woods

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Working out amphitheatre design

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

another option...

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

straight and narrow

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

a bit wider?

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

with a twist?

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

trying out options

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

hmmn...

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A windfall on the estate!

Friday, June 14, 2019

teamwork.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Why bother lifting? Roll!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

rest time

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Moving the fallen tree to GitD

Sunday, June 16, 2019

the mighty shopping trolley

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Our first fungi!

Friday, June 21, 2019

clearing and leveling

Sunday, June 23, 2019

dead man's fingers!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Terry plants whist we level

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Erin's fungi-based kombucha!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

taste-test time.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

more fungi!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

fungi kit soaking

Friday, July 12, 2019

into the field...

Saturday, July 13, 2019

close looking

Saturday, July 13, 2019

now the adults try

Saturday, July 13, 2019

lunchtime (w Erin's kombucha)

Saturday, July 13, 2019

looking is better than lunch

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Merengue fungi: edible.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

decomposer cake ready

Saturday, July 13, 2019

ready for Fungi Fest 2019

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Rich explains the process

Saturday, July 13, 2019

sealed. Xander will watch over it

Saturday, July 13, 2019

lecture time

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Foxy arboriculture with wood

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

wood and chainsaws

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

we have seating!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Time flies: our fungi kit fruited

Saturday, September 7, 2019

still growing

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

yum.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

more Crossfields fungi

Saturday, September 14, 2019

up close

Saturday, September 14, 2019

our chairs are alive

Sunday, September 22, 2019

can't wait to see it fruit

Sunday, September 22, 2019

last minute fungi-hat prep

Friday, September 27, 2019

testing...

Friday, September 27, 2019

puffball spikes not so spikey

Friday, September 27, 2019

painting

Friday, September 27, 2019

stencil for prizes

Friday, September 27, 2019

headbands ready

Friday, September 27, 2019

Party set-up in high winds!

Saturday, September 28, 2019

fungi hat and nature craft tables

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Info table

Saturday, September 28, 2019

fly alaric meet dead man's finger

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Teresa & Tariq ready to serve

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Crossfielder Harvey sings

Saturday, September 28, 2019

GitD-themed henna tattoos

Saturday, September 28, 2019

and the choir sings

Saturday, September 28, 2019

he likes the giant puff

Saturday, September 28, 2019

putting things back in place

Sunday, September 29, 2019

the bug hotel

Sunday, September 29, 2019

site of the outdoor library

Sunday, September 29, 2019

seats and steppers

Sunday, September 29, 2019

nice.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

courting chair

Sunday, September 29, 2019

a gateway

Sunday, September 29, 2019

log pile with flair

Sunday, September 29, 2019

done. what next...

Sunday, September 29, 2019

done. what next...

Sunday, September 29, 2019

post-party clean up

Sunday, September 29, 2019

What we've been up to

What we did When we did it How many people took part Who was there
Crossfields Grow in the Dark Party! 28/09/2019 - 15:00 120 Mixed ages
Party-planning meeting followed by knocking on doors to deliver flyers inviting people to our party and telling them about the project. 05/09/2019 - 17:00 8 Mixed ages
Fungi-head papier-maché: making hats based on different kinds of fungi for a photo booth at the party. 01/09/2019 - 14:00 3 Mostly adults 25+
GitD end of project party-planning meeting. 25/07/2019 - 19:30 17 Mostly adults 25+
GitD site visit with Lewisham Gardening Group. 06/07/2019 - 14:00 6 Mixed ages
GitD on-site community consultation. 06/07/2019 - 10:00 4 Mostly adults 25+
End-of-the-project party planning meeting. 05/07/2019 - 18:30 8 Mostly adults 25+
Wood delivery and cutting our cherry stump. 13/08/2019 - 12:00 5 Mostly adults 25+
Fungi Fest! A day devoted to this essential, but elusive organism with mycologist Rich Wright and storyteller Griot Chinyere. 13/07/2019 - 10:00 20 Mixed ages
Kombucha making with mushroom chaga base for Fungi Fest. 30/09/2019 - 19:30 2 Mostly adults 25+
More clearing out and levelling the space for the amphitheatre and planting in the GitD garden. 23/06/2019 - 12:00 4 Mostly adults 25+
Amphitheatre design meeting 18/06/2019 - 18:15 3 35 – 44 years
Hauled a tree that fell elsewhere on the estate to the GitD site for use in the garden: team WORK! 16/06/2019 - 11:00 5 Mostly adults 25+
Cleaned and levelled the area for the amphitheatre and mocked up various designs in situ. 09/06/2019 - 11:00 4 35 – 44 years
Field trip to nearby (and very shady!) Oxleas Woods to see what grows and check out their decomposters. 01/06/2019 - 15:00 4 35 – 44 years
Announced the winner of the logo competition and unveiled the design. 11/05/2019 - 02:30 16 Mixed ages
Announced the winner of the logo competition and unveiled the design. 11/05/2019 - 02:30 21 Mixed ages
Grow in the Dark (GitD) community logo competition. We asked (via email, posters and word-of-mouth Crossfielders to design a project logo. 15/03/2019 - 15:30 3 Mixed ages
Brianna, Nick and Sophie of CET helped us listen to and see the birds, insects and plants that call Crossfields home. 12/05/2019 - 14:30 16 Mixed ages
Our first bird-box building session yielded 6 new nesting and roosting sites for our feathered friends and 10 community carpenters! 11/05/2019 - 14:30 10 Mixed mainly families