Nature’s Gym

Improve your fitness by taking part in conservation activities in nature reserves and parks in Lewisham.  Nature’s Gym is free and fun – and no experience is needed!

Read all about Nature’s Gym in the South London Press from 28th January 2011

From wading in the river to walking in the woods there are a number of activities that you can take part in.  Nature Conservation Officers from London Borough of Lewisham and Glendale will guide you through the tasks and will be there to help you every step of the way.  There are jobs for every level of ability and fitness, so there is no need to worry thay you’ll not be able to help. The work days run on Thursdays and one Saturday a month from 11am-2pm and we have a break for tea/coffee and biscuits – vital volunteer fuel!

If you would like to get involved or if you have any questions, please contact, Nature’s Gym.

All you need to do to join Nature’s Gym is fill out a registration form and sign the volunteer code of conduct then email them back to us at the Nature’s Gym email. This is our most recent programme of events. Please read our risk assessment and accompanying briefing notes and also our risk assessment for tools and accompanying briefing notes.

NB: Please make sure that you contact us before attending a session because occasionally events are cancelled or we change to location.  We would hate for you to turn up to a location and find no one there!

If you have taken part in an event, please click here to leave us your feedback, comments and any suggestions for future events.

Referrals to Nature’s Gym

Please be aware before referring a client to Nature’s Gym that we are a nature conservation group and tasks can be complicated, involve the use of tools and require volunteers to work on their own and under their own guidance. While we understand that being and working outdoors can have a number of benefits for all volunteers, staff are not trained to support those experiencing mental health problems. Due to the nature of the work and the size of the group the staff are unable to offer one to one guidance.

With the above in mind it is strongly recommended that you check through our programme and referral conditions, to ensure that Nature’s Gym is the right project for your client prior to making a referral.

The referral process includes the completion of a referral form which ask for essential information required by us for health and safety reasons.  We have also produced some referral conditions, please read though these carefully before referring your client to Nature’s Gym. Please complete these in full as we cannot accept clients without this information.  Should you wish to discuss them please feel free to contact us.  Once we have this form we will add you to our waiting list and contact you again once a place becomes available.

We want to make sure that all of our volunteers get the best out of Nature’s Gym and the satisfaction of knowing they are making a positive impact on the green spaces of Lewisham, however due to it’s popularity and limited staff resource, please be advised that as of 7 August 2012, your referral will be held on a waiting list until positions become vacant.

2 Responses

  1. I was alarmed to see that the brambles are being cleared in Brookmill Park at a time when many birds have already started nesting. Last year I noticed a pair of Long-tailed Tits flying in to a patch of brambles with nest material but, within a couple of days the brambles were cleared. . I spoke to the group leader about it and she assured me that it wouldn’t happen again. Long-tailed Tits are again nesting in the park and I have also seen Robins, Wrens and Greenfinch flying in to the brambles along the riverside. If this important wildlife habitat is to be destroyed for the sake of the Spanish Bluebells, it should at least be done during the winter months and not during the nesting season.

    • Thank you for your post. Please accept my apologies as the work was undertaken by volunteers who were taking part in a Nature’s Gym event. The work was planned many months ago as part of a rolling programme of phased bramble clearance designed to stop the banksides becoming wooded. This hopes to achieve a management balance where there are undisturbed areas of bramble for wildlife. The recent works occurred towards the end of February, technically just outside of bird nesting season but given the very mild spring this is indeed too close, so my apologies for this. I can confirm that they don’t have any more bramble sessions planned at Brookmill and have instructed that we are more sensitive about the timing of the programme in future to ensure that works such as these at sites like Brookmill cease a few weeks before.

      Thank you again for your comments,

      Kind regards Nick Pond
      ecological regeneration manager
      wearside service centre
      wearside road
      london SE13 7EZ

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