Nature Conservation Lewisham

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Nature’s Gym – Saturday 10 September

Chinbrook Meadows

Chinbrook Meadows

On Saturday 10th September, the Nature’s Gym volunteers will be joining forces with ChArt to carry out some much needed work in Chinbrook Meadows.  Work will involve, clearing the small pond area, cutting back the reeds and clearing some of the nettles the banks. Our good friends at Rivers and People have been doing quite a lot of work here, but we thought we’d lend them a hand.

A little bit about ChART

ChART stands for Chinbrook Action Residents Team and is one of 150 Big Local projects set up around the country.  Each project had at least £1m each to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their communities.  Big Local brings together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live.  Big Local is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and managed by Local Trust. Nationally they work with a range of partners to deliver Big Local, building on the skills and experiences of others to provide expert advice and support for residents.

ChART area map

ChART area map


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Learn the ancient art of spoon carving! -September 10 2016

If you’ve ever wanted to try spoon-carving then now’s your chance! The London Wildlife Trust will be running a workshop in Beaulieu Heights on Saturday 10 September.  It is £20 per person and places are limited, so please book early to avoid missing out.

Spoon making

Spoon carving



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Bat Walk with London Wildlife Trust in Crystal Palace Park

Join London Wildlife Trust and learn to identify bats from their ultrasonic calls using bat detectors.

This event is free and open to everyone and there is no need to book.

Contact Sam for more information

2016_09_01 CPP bat walk

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Capital Clean up Days at Crofton Park Railway Garden

Join in as part of Capital Clean Up


The Friends of Crofton Park Railway Garden write;

Hello residents!

We are getting set to clean up Crofton Park Railway Garden!   The Mayor, in partnership with McDonald’s is urging Londoners to grab litter-picks, gardening gloves, and paintbrushes and transform their neighbourhoods, as part of the ‘Capital Clean-up’ campaign this summer.  Please join our Capital Clean-up days!   Lewisham residents are invited to help spruce up the Crofton Park Railway Garden (Entrance on Marnock Road, SE4 1EU, off Brockley Road). This event will be run by the HopCroft Neighbourhood Forum and the regular volunteers at the garden. Participants will be helping with digging and clearing persistent weeds, digging and bagging rubbish, prunning, etc.

Please wear appropriate shoes (e.g. wellies, old trainers) and dress for the weather. All volunteers will receive a £5.00 voucher to cover/part-cover lunch at one of the local eateries. We will also provide refreshments to keep everyone going throughout the day.

More information about this event can be found on our Speed Volunteering Home Page. Please do get in touch if you have any queries.

Volunteer Days

Sun 14 Aug: 10am–12pm
Sat 20 Aug: 10am–3pm
Sun 11 Sept: 10am–3pm
Sat 24 Sept: 10am–3pm

We’re trying to rally as many people as possible to give up a few hours of their time to help us clean up the site. Please do forward to anyone you think may be interested in helping out! The site has had many years of litter and rubbish being dumped on it, and finally we are making progress as we work towards our vision for the site. We really are aiming for this to be used and enjoyed by everyone in the community.

About Capital CleanUp

In 2015, more than 4,600 volunteers gave over 17,000 hours to collect a staggering 3867 bags of litter and spruce up around 830,000 square metres of the capital. Over 315 tonnes of litter was collected – equivalent to 25 Routemaster buses!   The Capital Clean-up campaign encourages Londoners do their bit by identifying things they can do to rejuvenate neglected parts of the city. Activities can be anything that residents identify as a priority in their area and in the past have included clean-ups of waterways, litter picks, creating new gardens and murals, habitat restoration and graffiti removal.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“These schemes represent the best of London: people of all backgrounds, in communities across the capital, rolling up their sleeves and working together to keep their local areas clean and safe for everyone to enjoy.”

The campaign is part of the Mayor’s Team London Speed Volunteering programme which is encouraging Londoners to do something great for their city. Capital Clean-up is a partnership campaign, led by the Mayor and supported by McDonald’s.  Capital Clean-up works with a number of other organisations to help clean-up London including: Thames 21, Cleanup UK, Keep Britain Tidy,  The Environment Agency and London Councils.

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Great North Wood Walk – Saturday 20 August, 12pm-4pm

Sydenham Hill and Dulwich Wood ©Daniel Greenwood

Sydenham Hill and Dulwich Wood ©Daniel Greenwood

A walk of 4 green miles through the remnants of the Great North Wood

This is the annual Great North Wood walk in  partnership with London Wildlife Trust, the Friends of One Tree Hill, The Horniman Gardens and The Conservation Volunteers.

The walk will begin at One Tree Hill, passing over the hill down to Brenchley Gardens, Wood Vale, Cox’s Walk, Sydenham Hill Wood, Dulwich Wood, Dulwich Upper Wood and finally to Crystal Palace Park.

The Great North Wood is an ancient landscape of woods and commons which has remnants in the wildwood that colonised after the Ice Age ended 10,000 years ago. Though London has been much developed and altered by human industry and settlement, large tracts of the Great North Wood’s ancient woodland still remains, namely in Sydenham Hill and Dulwich Woods.

This is a walk of approximately four miles, taking around 2-3 hours. Please wear walking boots, bring water, sun hat and sun cream if needed, and clothing suitable for the conditions.

Event Location

Meet at the Friends of One Tree Hill notice board next to the temple, near to the junction of Hengrave Road and Honor Oak Park,
One Tree Hill,


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