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We are planning our very first (socially distanced) lantern procession on 5 December as the sun sets. The route will go through the park and be safe for kids to walk. If you are able to help with the construction of lanterns (from paper or recycled materials) please send us a mail to, and please make lanterns yourselves and join us! #BrixtonBeautiful

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For the next three Saturdays,
21 and 28 November and 5 December,
we encourage residents to join Daniel Masakona and his team with weeding.

As one of Daniel’s sponsors is leaving Brixton, we’re also appealing for someone to come forward to cover one day a week of Daniel’s work in the park. If you can help, please send us an email to
With all the recent rain, Kingston Frost Park has turned a crispy green. Quite a few indigenous bulbs have put out fresh leaves. Oddly two of them are named after vegetables: pineapple lily and pregnant onion. The hardy rock fern, as its name predicts, is once again gracing the natural rockeries.
Daniel and his team have transformed the former waterfall area, freeing old beds from kikuyu roots, replanting agapanthus and snake plant, which survived some years without much attention, and making space for our home-grown succulents.
Many patches in the park are green because three types of fast-growing weeds have sprouted. All three originate from tropical regions of Central/South America and have spread across warm parts of the globe. They’re growing at a similar pace and are the target of a current, urgent weeding campaign. Here is why its so important that we nab them now:
  • One is quickweed, also known as chickweed (Galinsoga parviflora). It has a very short life cycle, meaning it has seeded within less than two months of sprouting. Interestingly it has culinary uses in various parts of the world and is known as an emergency food during famine. Find out more
  • The second is probably the best known weed, black-jack (Bidens pilosa). This weed gives us three months from sprouting till it has seeded. Once seeded, one can’t weed them without getting the spiky seeds attached to one’s socks, t-shirts, shoelaces and trousers. They also very cleverly fall off while one is weeding, ensuring the lifecycle continues. The broad-leafed version is a popular vegetable, particularly in rural KZN. Find out more 
  • The third is morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea) a fast-growing annual creeper. Before its invasiveness was recognised, it was introduced around the globe as an ornamental plant. Its very small seeds can spread by wind, and given that its still seen flowering in some large gardens in Auckland Park, it will remain a recurring menace in Kingston Frost Park. Once sprouted, it grows deep roots as fast as it climbs into shrubs and trees. It should be noted that this is not edible, and some parts of it can do harm if ingested. Find out more here 

Exhibition tells the story of the Hong family, Brixton’s 166 Caroline Street and a slice of Chinese-South African history

A beautiful exhibition at Shade and a small part at Breezeblock about Chinese Immigrants into South Africa and in this case Brixton. Open until 29th of November open from Wed to Sun 11am to 4pm. Shade is at 166 Caroline street, one block down from Breezeblock. Read more in this Daily Maverick article.
Please email if you’d like to contribute in a big or small way to our #BrixtonHeritage Files project, or sign up to volunteer your time here:
Examples of how you could contribute include:
Interviewing fellow Brixies
Taking photographs
Hunting through archives for old articles, photographs and plans
Drawing Brixton and her people
Documenting things for social media at Park Days
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