Nature Conservation Lewisham

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Nature’s Gym at Mayow Park

Working on the Triangle at Mayow Park

Working on the Triangle at Mayow Park

The Nature’s Gym volunteers have been working in Mayow Park for quite a few years now.  They have see the ‘Triangle’ area develop in to a really lovely area of bright flowers and scented herbs.  The garden was originally inspired by permaculture principles and designed by one of the friends and his come on a long way.  With the addition of the new cafe, it really is a great site to work on!

We will be back at Mayow Park in September to carry on with the work which included weeding, edging the borders, creating a path and fixing the bug hotel.

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Heritage Lottery consultation for Beckenham Place Park

 

Lewisham Council is currently working on a Heritage Lottery bid for Beckenham Place Park.

Have a look at some of the preliminary ideas to improve the park. Have your say and talk with the landscape architects to feed back on the ideas and to provide some of your own suggestions for improvements.

The consultation event is taking place on Saturday 18th January at ‘The Green Man’ in Downham, from 1pm – 3.30pm.

For map link press: Here 

If you would like to attend the event please RSVP to kate.yorke or molly.gavriel


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Growing Localities Awards 2013/14

A total of £2,500 prize money is being offered to projects which use nature to enhance and improve local communities and the lives of vulnerable or socially excluded people, generating positive outcomes such as health and well-being, new skills and knowledge, new relationships, and a sense of purpose and belonging.

This year, entries are invited for projects and initiatives in London that involve any one or combination of:

  • GARDENING AND GROWING FOOD – for communal eating and small-scale enterprise
  • LOOKING AFTER ANIMALS – bees, chickens, pigs, etc for the experience of care but also to farm
  • NATURE-THEMED ARTS AND CRAFTS – woodcraft, photography, film-making, writing, etc
  • EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES ABOUT NATURE AND WILDLIFE – including trips and excursions to teach people about flora and fauna
  • RECLAIMING AND DEVELOPING WASTELAND – projects initiated and led by residents and tenants
  • ‘GREEN’ EXERCISE – groups  for walking, cycling, running, etc with a nature theme 

Entries are invited from not-for-profit organisations in the capital such as:

  • Community-based and voluntary organisations
  • Faith groups
  • Health organisations
  • Homeless agencies
  • Hospices
  • Prisons
  • Resident committees
  • Schools
  • Social housing providers
  • Social care providers
  • Supported housing providers (providing mental health services, substance misuse, learning disabilities, etc)   
  • Deadline for entries – Friday, January 24th, 2014

For more information on the awards and to enter click: here


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Old Tidemill School and Garden

On Saturday November 16th, the lovely volunteers at Old Tidemill School are holding a very important event where they will be taking part in some filming for a TV vote to help them secure funding from the People’s Millions.  You can help!
Help Old Tidemill School win People's Millions

Help Old Tidemill School win People’s Millions

Owen from the project says;

“With the support of the charity London Play we have submitted a project proposal titled, ‘Old Hands and Mud Pies’. The project is focused on engaging older people with volunteering opportunities and the chance to get involved with local activities and events in Deptford. The project will be centred at the Old Tidemill School and aims to engage people in learning and sharing skills as well as participating in fun and creative workshops and events. We are hosting an event at the school on November 16th do demonstrate some of the many fun things we do at the school and in the garden. We will be cooking up a tasty lunch, baking cakes and running activities. We have a new Treehouse to unveil and be tested out by local children as well as Forest School activities and creative art workshops. There will be chance to meet and chat to lot’s of other local people who are involved in the garden and the event will hopefully attract new people to come along to.

Your involvement in the event will be greatly appreciated and if successful, the funding we receive will help run regular events and activities for keen volunteers and local people for the whole of the coming year.”

November 16th 12pm – 4pm, at Old Tidemill School Wildlife Garden, Frankham Street, Deptford, SE8 4RN.