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Devonshire Road Nature Reserve Raise The Hut

Hub of the community

The Friends of Devonshire Road Nature Reserve’s events and activities are some of the most loved in our local community. From the yearly musical event “Festival in the Forest” to the term-time educational activity for children “Muddy Boots”. All are firm favourites in the local diaries.

Our hut is end of life

We want to hold more events and activities but we risk being unable to carry on and grow because our hut is end of life. We inherited a 30ft square temporary classroom which was installed in the 1970’s and has served us well for 40 years, but it’s time to build a better building.

Raise the hut

A new sustainable, low energy building using timber, which can be partly constructed by volunteers and timber building enthusiasts will be built. Using grants, funds and crowdfunding by the many locals who love and support the Nature Reserve.

The activity of building the centre will itself bring the community together as a barn raising.

The building will be used to support and expand on all the Nature Reserve’s environmental, education, community and musical activities and events.

You can join us

Thanks to a successful grant application we already have the plans produced by a professional architect. We now need to lay the first foundation stone (or stick!) on the site. This requires far more detailed work to get us through planning. With planning permission, funding to build will be easier. We need £25,000 to take us beyond making a planning application.

What you get from supporting us

By supporting us in our fund raising you get an amazing community space. It can be used for everything from yoga to bird watching. Without you there is no hut, there is no community.


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Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership outputs July-September 2018

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Lovely weather for wading in the river

July – September 2018 Achievements

Lewisham Biodiversity partners carried out 515 events (96 environmental education,  318 volunteering events and 101 walks and presentations). 4515 adults and 3027 children were engaged in activities in this quarter.

Lewisham Parks on-line survey beats all other Council consultations with 806 respondents

Tawny owl recorded at Brockley & Ladywell Cemeteries and a Sparrowhawk seen hunting in Ladywell Fields

 Nature Conservation volunteers clock up 7,884 hours of work in the last quarter- equivalent to £76,869 [London living wage]

 Butterfly surveys at Brockley & Ladywell Cemeteries records over 1,000 butterflies, almost twice as many as in the previous 2 years, with 12 species being seen in one day

 Lewisham Biodiversity Partners runs 479 events to give over 7,384 people an experience of nature 

In the last quarter new developments have installed 7,288m2 of living roofs which is just less than the size of two football pitches 

Lewisham Biodiversity partnership – minutes & meetings

The next Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership will be held on Monday 14th January 2019, please contact Nick Pond or Jess Kyle if you would like to get involved.

Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership minutes from 15th October 2018 

For previous meeting minute not listed here, please email Jess Kyle who would be happy to send them to you.