Nature Conservation Lewisham

Get involved in Lewisham's parks and nature reserves


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New Cross Gate Cutting Open Day – Saturday 28 January, 1pm-4pm

Open Day at New Cross Gate Cutting

Come and explore this beautiful nature reserve which is usually closed to the public.

A secluded area of woodland with small grassy glades, set on the broad slopes of a deep railway cutting, which supports 170 species of flowering plants.  Brockley’s New Cross Gate Cutting is predominantly oak woodland with open glades of neutral and acid grassland in which reeds and tall herbs grow. Some flowers are locally rare, and the site contributes to one of London’s most important railway cuttings for wildlife, stretching southwards to Forest Hill.

The cutting was dug in 1838-39 and still bears the legacy of once being part of the old Great North Wood, and at times the route of the Croydon Canal, brickworks, and wartime allotments.

The site, also known as Brockley Nature Reserve, contributes to one of the most important railway cuttings for wildlife in London.

Location

New Cross Gate Cutting,
Vesta Road Entrance,
London,
SE4 2NR


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Orchard volunteering session in Ladywell Fields – Saturday 11 February, 10.30am-12.30pm

©Freeimages.com Joanna Kopik

Orchard pruning in Ladywell Fields

The community orchard planted in Ladywell Fields in 2011 is thriving, but like any orchard, it needs care and attention if the trees are to grow strongly and avoid disease.  This is one of the Friends twice yearly volunteer sessions at which you can learn  and help prune the trees, inspect and repair the guards, and mulch the trees with woodchip to keep the weeds down.

If you do come and you have any of the following, please bring them; thick gloves, sharp secateurs and garden buckets.  Also at the risk of stating the obvious, please come in work clothes and robust shoes!

Pruning requires dry weather, so if it is raining, they will need to reschedule.

 


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Volunteering and photography at Dacres Wood

Old Camera © freeimages.com/Jean Scheijen

The Friends of Dacres Wood are planning a volunteering session Jan 31st in the morning, and in the afternoon, from 2.30, they will going to be going round with a camera just looking and recording what they see growing, or rotting as the case may be – just as interested in fungi!  They would be very pleased if others could join them, with cameras, so that there are more than one pair of eyes. 


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Winter tree ID at Sydenham Hill Wood – Sunday 22 January, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Sessile oak trees in Sydenham Hill Wood

Sessile oak trees

A London Wildlife Trust guided walk at Sydenham Hill Wood identifying winter trees

Join London Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers for a guided tour of Sydenham Hill Wood’s winter trees

Sydenham Hill Wood is part of the Great North Wood, a network of woods and commons that once stretched from Deptford to Selhurst. The Wood is part ancient and is recovering as a nature reserve after the damage done by Victorian development in the mid-late 1800s. Sessile oak and hornbeam are the Wood’s principle species that tell a story of London’s natural history but also it’s development as a city

London’s woods fuelled its early development and today are cherished for their role in providing habitat for wildlife and peaceful refuge for visitors, whilst purifying the air, storing carbon and containing rainwater

By learning to identify trees in winter you can gain ID skills that will help you to deepen your knowledge when they leaf again in spring.

Location:

Inside the Crescent Wood Road gate,
Sydenham Hill Wood & Cox’s Walk,
Dulwich,
London


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New Cross Gate Cutting Workdays

New Cross Gate Cutting -

Volunteer with LWT

The London Wildlife Trust will be running a couple of practical volunteers sessions at their Vesta Road site.  If you are interested in getting involved, please contact, Sam Bentley-Toon to book your place.

Dates:

Saturday 21st January 11am-3.30pm
Saturday 18th February 11am-3.30pm

Location:

New Cross Gate Cutting,
Vesta Road Entrance,
London,
SE4 2NR