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Grand Peckham fungal foray – Saturday 5 November, 11am – 2pm

Trooping funnel (D. Greenwood/London Wildlife Trust)

Trooping funnel mushrooms

A long-distance walk led by fungi expert David Warwick through a variety of historic Southwark green spaces and nature reserves


Join the London Wildlife Trust and local fungi expert David Warwick for an exploration of fungi found in some of Southwark’s most well loved green spaces.

The walk will begin at Nunhead Cemetery, then moving onto One Tree Hill, Peckham Rye Park and finishing up at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening on Marsden Road where we will examine the specimens discovered during the walk.

This is not a culinary foraging walk but a way to learn more about the ecology of urban fungi. David is an expert in London’s fungi and will be able to educate attendees on the impacts of foraging in London’s green spaces.

This is a free walk but donations are welcome.

Sorry but this walk is not suitable for dogs.


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October fungi walk at Sydenham Hill Wood – Sunday 23 October, 11am-1pm

Common puffball

A guided fungi walk led by Sydenham Hill Wood Conservation Officer Daniel Greenwood


Learn about the crucial importance of fungi in our woods and the wider world. We will be identifying common woodland fungi and learning about their ecology.

Without fungi we could not survive, so dependent are we on its ability to support our trees and wild plants, and to recycle organic matter.

Please note this is not a culinary foraging walk. Information will be given about the effects of consuming mushrooms on the individual and also the ecosystem. We discouraged foraging of wild plants and mushrooms at Sydenham Hill Wood Local Nature Reserve as it is a small, part-ancient woodland in an urban setting with 100,000 visitors each year.

This is a free walk but a minimum donation of £2 is suggested to support the London Wildlife Trust’s conservation project at Sydenham Hill Wood

Please book to receive meeting point information

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Tree Walk in Dulwich Park – Saturday 29 October, 10am-12pm

Acorns on an oak tree

Join The London Wildlife Trust for a walk in Dulwich Park

A guided walk looking at the trees of Dulwich Park in partnership with the Dulwich Society and Southwark Council

Dulwich Park is a remnant of the ancient Dulwich Common. Before becoming a park in 1890 it was farmland where the River Effra, one of London’s most well known lost rivers, flowed. Though the park is nearing 130 years of age, it has trees which are much older.

There are a number of old boundary oak trees which mark former parcels of farmland and common land. We will be looking closely at these trees, talking about their significance to us today as relicts of London’s natural and cultural heritage.

Dulwich Park is host to a great variety of trees and the London Wildlife Trust will attempt to identify and discover the stories of as many of the species as we can.

Meet: Inside the College Road gates, Dulwich Park,

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Free half term activity – Make your own Bird Feeder to take away!



Join Nature’s Gym and ChART to make your own bird feeder to take away.  It is of course important to feed birds all year round, but it is especially important in winter when their food is not so easy to come by.  Birds require high energy (high fat) foods during the cold winter weather to maintain their fat reserves to survive the frosty nights which is why we will be using bird seed and peanut butter.

Be prepared to get a little bit mucky, so it might be best to wear clothes you don’t mind getting covered in peanut butter and nuts!

The RSPB website will provide you with a lot more information about how you can help birds and attract them to your garden.

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Esmée Fairbairn fund now open for applications

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Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has launched a new funding pot of £200,000 to support crowdfunding projects in Hull, Manchester and the London Borough of Lewisham.  The fund went live on the 28th of September and people and organisations who are interested in crowdfunding projects that bring the community together using the arts, culture, food or green spaces can apply for pledges to their campaign on Individual project creators could receive a pledge of up to £2,500 whilst organisations could receive up to £15,000 for projects that fit the criteria.

Through crowdfunding Esmée aims to get its money to projects which have genuine community support and demand alongside individuals, the council and local businesses. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. Their aims are to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK by funding organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change. This is a brand new way of funding projects for Esmée and they’re excited to explore and learn from the opportunities crowdfunding offers.

“Crowdfunding is an amazing way for people to decide what happens in their environment and democratise the way community projects are run” says Caroline Mason, CEO of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The aim of the initiative is to fuel a more efficient, impactful, and accessible approach to grant funding local projects across the UK.

If you have a great idea to transform where you live, then upload your idea on, start crowdfunding and you could receive a pledge from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Find out more about the fund and how to apply here.