The Friends of Devonshire Road are holding a small but superb music festival at the Nature Reserve, packed with great music, great food and great drink! An afternoon of eclectic music from 6 bands is followed up by four great headline acts; kicking off with the irrepressible Steve ‘Bolts’ Bolton, followed up by country rockers The Cavendish Set, brought to a state of near-ecstasy by the wonderful Siobhan Parr and Martin Brown and finally blown away by the high energy sound of London based Irish band Hungry Grass. And all for six quid!
This May, SE23 will be transformed into an Edible High Road as part of the Chelsea Fringe garden festival. 50 Forest Hill and Honor Oak businesses have sponsored 70 fruit trees, including The Horniman Museum and Sainsbury’s.
Special Guests: We’re very excited to announce that Celebrity Gardener Matthew Wilson will be cutting our ribbon! He is Channel Four’s ‘Landscape Man’ and a Gardener’s Question Time panelist.
A local Saxophone Quartet and the Holy Trinity School Brass Band will be performing.
Special Activities: There will be tours of the new Albion Millennium Green Orchard and the fantastic Dig This Nursery from New Cross will be giving away vegetable seedlings. To top it off, you can explore the fruit trees using our brilliant Trail Map
The event has been organised by Lewisham Gardens and The Forest Hill Society, and sponsored by Shannon’s Garden Centre and Winkworth &Co Estate Agents.
Help the Horniman Museum celebrate the Centenary year of the British Ecological Society with an innovative family learning festival of ecological fieldwork which combines expertise of Museum staff and skills of professional field ecologists. Experience first-hand some of the activities that these scientists undertake in order to monitor and make sense of the environment.
Surveying at Night: Moths on the Wing
Saturday 15th June 9.15pm – 10.30 pm
From Dusk to Dawn: Bats After Dark
Friday 21st June 9.15pm – 10.30pm
From Dusk to Dawn: Dawn Chorus Walk
Saturday 22nd June 5.00 am – 6.30am
Tree Doctors: The Health of Our Trees
Saturday 29th June 10.30am- 12.00pm
Small Mammals: Furry Friends or Urban Pests?
Saturday 6th July 10.30am – 12.00pm
Close Encounters of the Crawling Kind: Bugs in Our Gardens
Saturday 13th July 10.30am – 12.45pm
A family event for children accompanied by adults, suitable for ages 7 +.
Call 0208 291 8690 for more information.
It really is worth getting up for!
The new walks, talks and volunteering opportunities programme for April-June 2013 is out! It is a very packed programme so I am sure that you will find something to enjoy! You will also see that we along with a number of other partners will be running the 3 Rivers Clean Up again this year. You can follow updates about this project on twitter via @3RCU #3RU. This is the fourth year that the project has been running and it is a great way to see your local river in a new light!
The Friends of Hither Green Triangle have been working hard in the reserve for a number of years. Recently their work has focused on building the steps in to the site from platform 5. They have worked in glorious sunshine and pouring rain. They have come across buried train windows and metal poles.
It has been very hard work and there was still a long way to go, until the nice people from Morgan Sindall offered their services. They have been working on the platform extensions at Hither Green Station and asked if there was anything they could do to help in the reserve while they were there. We asked if they could help finish the steps and they agreed! After a few changes in personnel, a meeting was held on site in early December 2012 and before the year was out the steps had been completed!
We are all very grateful to Morgan Sindall for all their hard work at getting the steps complete. It will make our work in the the reserve much easier as because access will be easier! They did an amazing job and even added a few extra flourishes that we were not expecting.
Last week, the Friends were joined on site by Cllr Susan Wise, Cabinet Member for Customer Services and Cllr Stella Jeffrey, Labour Councillor for Lewisham Central along with representatives from Network Rail and Morgan Sindall. This gave the Friends a chance to thank the workers who finished the steps in person and have a few photos of us all on the steps looking very proud and happy.
Steatoda grossa has a body length when mature of around 10mm for adult females and again males are generally smaller. It is variable in appearance, with only juveniles and adult males usually having a pattern and adult females often having none.
The Steatoda grossa spider is also known as the false widow spider. They belong to the genus, or group, called Steatoda of which there are six species found in the UK including one introduced species, Steatoda nobilis. This group of spiders get their name because they look similar to the true black widow group of spiders, genus Latrodectus. In the UK two species are commonly mistaken for black widow spiders. They are Steatoda bipunctata, or the rabbit hutch spider, and the one that most resembles the black widow species, Steatoda grossa.
The London Orchard Project will be (LOP) is providing a number of expert fruit tree restoration workshops at De Frene Road allotments. These will be held on;
Tuesday 29 January 2013 – 10.30am to 3pm
Tuesday 5 February 2013 - 10.30am to 3pm
Saturday 16 February 2013 - 10.30am to 3pm
With these three sessions they hope to make a big improvement as well as teaching people useful skills for their own gardens and window boxes. All equipment and protective clothing is provided by LOP and Sydenham Gardens will provide refreshments.
Booking is essential for these workshops. To help cover LOP’s fee there is a small charge for the workshops of £15.00 for each session, £40 for all three; concessions it is £5 for one session, £12 for three. The charge is payable in advance.
For further information and to book, please contact Sydenham Gardens
Restoring the Orchard
De Frene has many fruit trees including pear, plum and apple. But they do need a lot of TLC to maximise the yield. Some of the crop will be sold and some will be made into jams, juices and chutneys for the benefit of the allotment and Sydenham Garden.
The talk dates are:
Tuesday 22th January: Birds with David Darrell-Lambert founder of Bird Brain UK
David kicks off the series with an introduction to bird survey techniques and migration studies, and provides an insight into the range of birdlife sharing our city and countryside.
Tuesday 26th February: The Pine Marten with Lizzie Crosse from Vincent Wildlife Trust
Lizzie introduces us to the endangered Pine Marten and current research into this fascinating mammal.
Tuesday 12th March: Bats (including a Bat Walk) with Alison Fure of the London Bat Group
Alison will introduce us to bat ecology and behaviour and lead a short bat walk in the gardens.
These events are free and take place between 6.30pm – 8pm.
Places are limited and can be booked as follows:
Please either call 020 8291 8686 or email the Horniman Museum