Due to illness Nature’s Gym on Thursday 26 July will now be at Ladywell Fields. There will be a wade and some bankside management work. The session on Saturday 28th July remains the same. Please pass the message on.
Greener City Fund Community Grants
Apply for a grant
Do you want to create or improve a green space in your neighbourhood, and improve Londoners’ access to nature? Or do you want to green your school playground to protect students from air pollution? We’re looking for projects across the capital that will make the city greener and give Londoners the chance to get involved.
Applications close at 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018. Projects should take place between January 2019 and January 2020.
How do I apply?
1. Before applying, please read the Grants Guide carefully and make sure your project addresses the aims of the fund.
We will be holding an applicant workshop on Thursday 6 September, from 4pm to 6pm. This is optional, but may help to inform your application. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest in attending.
2. Read the Greener City Fund Community Grants Project Toolkit
4. Submit your application form and supporting documents by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018.
Coinciding with National Park City Week
- Walk the Brockley Three Peaks Trail. Pick up a map from the garden and a discount voucher for food and drinks on the day at participating ‘pit-stops’ along the way. All are fantastic local venues (including: Chandos Pub; Le Querce Italian; Mama Dough; Fred’s Cafe; Cafe Crofton Park; Jones of Brockley Deli – if you fancy a picnic instead; and more). The 5 mile circular walk will take you up to One Tree Hill, Blythe Hill Fields and Hilly Fields and the valley of the River Ravensbourne through Ladywell Fields.
- Sensory Flavour Tour workshop with Flavour Sense.com. This is an amazing workshop exploring how our senses inform and influence our perception of food and flavour. Please book via eventbrite, as we need to get an idea of numbers attending this one.
- A couple of kids workshops too – Art In Nature and Storytelling
LOCATION AND GETTING HERE
The garden runs parallel to platform one of Crofton Park Railway Station (Thameslink Sevenoaks line from Blackfriars) or is a short distance away from Honor Oak Park or Brockley stations on the London Overground Line. It is also on a direct route from Holborn / The Strand / Waterloo on 171 / 172 bus.
The garden entrance is on Marnock Road, SE4 1AZ, Brockley, London.
Unfortunately, there was a small error on the July-August Nature’s Gym programme. Our Saturday session will be on Saturday 28th July and not Saturday 21st July as some of your programmes will say. Apologies for the error and we hope to see you there.
Meet at the Crescent Wood Road entrance.
Join the London Wildlife Trust for a guided walk of Sydenham Hill Wood to discover bats, moths and tawny owls. Using bat detectors, our site warden and volunteers will reveal a hidden, nocturnal world in urban south London.
Sydenham Hill Wood is part ancient woodland, one of the largest remaining fragments of the Great North Wood which once stretched from Deptford to Selhurst. The following species have been recorded at the Wood: soprano pipistrelle, common pipisrelle, nathusius pipistrelle, brown long-eared, natterer’s, Leisler’s, noctule and serotine.
Tawny owls are known to breed in the Wood and the local area and can be heard calling in daylight hours as well as in the deep of night. Males call ‘twoo’ and females ‘ke-wick’.
They will have a moth trap in the main glade to exhibit some of the many beautiful species which can be found in the Wood.
This is a free walk, a minimum donation of £2 towards their work is recommended
If you love Sydenham Hill Wood please help them protect it in the long term by becoming a London Wildlife Trust member
Thames 21 writes….
Do you cherish rivers and enjoy exploring them? Do you love the wildlife that roams our countryside? Do you want to learn about what’s being done to protect London’s life-giving rivers and how you can help?
Then join us for the third annual London Rivers Week, running from Saturday June 23 to Sunday July 1. This year’s theme is Valuing Water, and our partners are putting on a fascinating list of free activities, with something for all the family – from walks and talks and a kayak event to demonstrations and even a film premiere.
You won’t want to miss our launch event on Sunday 24th June, at Ladywell Fields from 12pm to 3pm.
You’ll be able to become a dragonfly detective, explore what’s in the water through river dipping and make discoveries through riverfly monitoring.
The event will be a showcase of citizen science programmes by a range of partners.
Find out, for example, how Thames21 volunteers collect data about the types of plastic found in the Thames, or how water quality is tested by robot boats. There are 600km of waterways in the capital. That’s the same as the distance between Brighton and Edinburgh.
And during the week, you’ll have the chance to learn about the issues that affect many of them.
Do you fancy getting to know your local stretch of river better by clearing litter? Or taking over the invasive species which also choke our rivers? We’ve also got events like that, which will help you make a difference to these lifebloods for wildlife.
Otters, trout, bats, kingfishers and eels all use London rivers – but increasingly they need the public’s help to survive and thrive, in the face of plastic pollution, sewage and the impacts of climate change.
London’s rivers are often peaceful, natural places, where we can escape city life. They are havens where we can relax by the water, watch swans nesting or if we’re lucky, spot a flash of blue as one of Britain’s most beautiful birds, a kingfisher, speeds across the water.
So what are you waiting for? Take a look at our fantastic range of activities and book your place at one today!
If you can’t wait, whet your appetite by reading case studies about 23 restoration projects which include Ladywell Fields, giving you a world of nature to explore at places that have been rewilded in recent years.
London Rivers Week is sponsored by Thames Water. Read more about the groups behind the organisation of London Rivers Week.