A History of Sydenham Hill Wood by London Wildlife Trust- Tuesday 11 August 2015 2pm – 3.30pm

Horses removing timber after storm of 1987

Horses removing timber after storm of 1987

A talk about the history of Sydenham Hill Wood & Cox’s Walk at Dulwich Library in partnership with Southwark Council

Join London Wildlife Trust at Southwark Council’s beautiful Dulwich Library for a talk about the history of Sydenham Hill Wood.

Sydenham Hill Wood is one of the largest remaining remnants of the Great North Wood, a landscape of woods and commons which stretched from Deptford to Selhurst and has origins in the wildwood that colonised after the Ice Age ended 10,000 years ago. The Wood has a fascinating cultural history, with a number of interesting individuals having lived nearby within the Great North Wood. These include John Ruskin, Lord Byron and the speech therapist, Lionel Logue, made famous by The King’s Speech. The former lived in a house which was once a part of Sydenham Hill Wood.

The Wood itself was saved from development in the 1980s resulting in a nature reserve loved and managed by members of the local community, the very people who saved it 33 years ago.

Today London Wildlife Trust volunteers rekindle ancient land management of coppicing, pollarding and dead hedging to aid the regeneration of the Wood’s flora and fauna.

This is a free talk on behalf of Southwark Council.

Venue Location

Dulwich Library
368 Lordship Lane SE22 8NB ,
Dulwich,
SE22 8NB

Contact Details

Email: Daniel Greenwood
Tel: 07734 599 728

The story of Ladywell Naiad

Earlier this month, the Story of the Ladywell Naiad was told over two nights, once in Manor Park and once in Ladywell Fields.  Story teller Richard Neville delighted crowds with humorous tales while London Bubble Theatre  provided music and fun activities.

Follow #whatlivesinlewisham on Twitter and Instagram and find our hat lives in our Parks and imagination.

Clearing the Ravensbourne in Beckenham Place Park

3 Sophie and Jess

Clearing the Ravensbourne

As part of the 3 Rivers Clean Up the Nature’s Gym volunteers cleared part of the River Ravensbourne in Beckenham Place Park.  Their work involved picking up litter and pulling up Himalayan Balsam.  Himalayan Balsam is one of a number of invasive species that you can find along our rivers.  This one however is easy to treat with willing volunteers! There is something quite special about wading in a river while dappled sunlight dances across the water! When you are down there you really would not guess that you are in an inner London Borough.

Along with a number of other local groups we run lots of rivers sessions throughout the year.  This doesn’t always involved pulling Balsam, but if this is something that you would like to get involved in, please visit our Friends at the Rivers and People blog.

The video below, filmed with Tom Morgan of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust hows how to remove Himalayan balsam late in the season where it has been allowed to set seed. Himalayan balsam, a weed, is popular with bee keepers due to its high nectar content and late season flowering. However, research has shown it to negatively impact on native invertebrate abundance. The British Beekeepers Association advise that the plant is removed BEFORE it sets seed.

Garthorne Road Nature Reserve blog has arrived

Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

We have just developed a Garthorne Road Nature Reserve blog.  We hope that this blog will help us generate interest in this fantastic site and encourage local people to visit and take part in events and open days.  We can not do this alone, so if you are interested, please contact Lewisham’s Nature Conservation Officer, Jess Kyle who will be able to give you more information.

Free Training With Thames21

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If you love your waterways, want to learn more about them and help make them better, we can help!

Thames21 offers a range of FREE training sessions to anyone who is keen to get involved with activities in and around their local waterways. Check out these opportunities.

Leading a Waterway Clean UP

Imagine leading your own group of volunteers in a cleanup event to improve your stretch of river, canal or pond… You can! Our 2-day ‘LEADING A WATERWAY CLEANUP course will help you develop the skills and confidence you need to plan and lead your own cleanup events. When you complete the course, you can become one of our many certified trainees who receive support from Thames21 and lead events all across London.     

LEADING A WATERWAY CLEAN UP Sessions for 2015:
(You must complete Day 1 first, before going on to Day 2)

Day 1 Sessions (All sessions are 10am to 3pm)

Sunday 23 August – Ragged School Museum, Mile End
Sunday 4 October – Dorset Wharf, Fulham
Saturday 7 November  – Ragged School Museum, Mile End

Day 2 Sessions (All sessions are 10am to 3pm)

Saturday 5 September – Ragged School Museum, Mile End
Saturday 10 October – Dorset Wharf, Fulham
Sunday 15 November – Ragged School Museum, Mile End

Click here to register

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Free Training with Thames21 Photo © Thames21

Thames River Watch

The Thames River Watch project aims to provide crucial information on the health of the tidal Thames by enabling citizens to undertake monitoring and data collection – from Teddington lock right out to Sheppey Island in Kent and Southend-on-Sea in Essex. We are looking for individual volunteers as well as people from community groups, schools and riverside businesses along the tidal Thames to join our citizen science volunteer team. As a Thames River Watch volunteer you will spend just a couple of hours each month to help us build a better picture of the health of the tidal Thames.

Interested in joining our team of citizen science volunteers? The first step is to come along to a free training session which will provide you with all the knowledge and tools you need to become a Thames River Watch citizen science volunteer.

THAMES RIVER WATCH Training Sessions for July-November 2015:
(All sessions are from 10am to 3pm)

West London
19th July – Water Quality Testing – Dorset Wharf, Fulham
25th July – Litter Monitoring – Dorset Wharf, Fulham

4th August – Invasive Non-Native Species – Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington
14th November – Water Quality Testing – Dorest Wharf, Fulham


Central London

6th August – Water Quality Testing – Walbrook Wharf, City of London
22nd September – Litter Monitoring – Walbrook Wharf, City of London


East London
24th August – Litter Monitoring – 2nd Floor Studio & Arts, Woolwich
2nd September – Litter Monitoring – RSPB Rainham Marshes, Purfleet
10th October – Water Quality Testing – at Creekside Environment Centre, Deptford
17th October – Water Quality Testing – at Erith Yacht Club, Erith

Click here to register

Volunteer in Lewisham’s Rivers

Volunteering in Ladywell Fields

Volunteering in Ladywell Fields

London Borough of Lewisham runs a number of river related volunteering opportunities.  We are keen to get people involved in their local rivers and help us maintain them through bankside management and litter picks.  We tend to work in 4 parks; Brookmill Park, Chinbrook Meadows, Cornmill Gardens and Ladywell Fields.  Our new programme of events  has just been published.  So if you would like to get involved, please visit our River Volunteering tab where you will find all the information that you need.

You will find more information about how to get involved in Lewisham’s rivers over at our Rivers and People blog where you will find all the information on walks, talks and educational opportunities.