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International Volunteer Day

IVD 2018 - Volunteers build Resilient Communities

“The diverse and dynamic role of volunteerism in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals merits strong support from Governments and other stakeholders. On this International Day, I thank volunteers for their efforts to leave no one behind.” — António Guterres, UN Secretary-General

International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers in Lewisham (not just those who work in the parks and nature reserves) for all the hard work that you do. You all do a fantastic job and the work you do is invaluable.

Come rain or shine you are there with a smile!

Come rain or shine you are there with a smile!

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Good Parks for London 2018

Good Parks for London 2018

Good Parks for London 2018

On Wednesday 28 November, Parks for London published the Good Parks for London Report 2018: Improving London’s parks for all.

The Good Parks for London Report 2018 considers the approach that London Boroughs are taking towards parks and green spaces, evaluating them against ten criteria: public satisfaction, awards for quality, health and wellbeing, sustainability, events, supporting nature, skills development, community partnerships, collaboration and strategic planning.

London Borough of Lewisham has topped the chart for the second year in a row, demonstrating the fantastic work that they are doing to promote and protect parks and green spaces across their Borough.

Criteria used to assess London Boroughs’ parks and green spaces services:
1. Public satisfaction with parks
2. Awards for quality (Green Flags and London in Bloom)
3. Collaboration
4. Events: both policy and range and number of events
5. Health, fitness and well-being
6. Supporting nature
7. Community partnerships
8. Skills development
9. Sustainability
10. Strategic planning

For reference the first report of 2017 can be found here.


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New Nature’s Gym programme available

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October-December 2018 programme is now available

The October-December 2018 Nature’s Gym programme is now available. We are always keen to welcome new people, and so if you are keen to join us, please have a look through our Nature’s Gym pages and FAQ. Hopefully this will give you all the information you need to join. You can also find out a little more about the staff that run the sessions. If you have any other question about Nature’s Gym that are not answered here please email us.


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Great North Wood tree walk at Buckthorne Cutting

Buckthorne Cutting - Fourth Reserve Conservation Trust

Buckthorne Cutting

Sunday 23 September 2018 – 11:00am – 12:00pm

Join London Wildlife Trust and the Fourth Reserve Conservation Trust for a guided tree walk around the recently-opened Buckthorne Cutting Nature Reserve in Crofton Park.

Learn how to identify different tree species, how trees relate to other woodland wildlife, their folklore and etymology, as well as past and current uses for wood and timber.

This walk is offered free as part of the Great North Wood project and there is no need to book.

Buckthorne Cutting Nature Reserve
Entrance between Eddystone Road and Brockley Way,
Crofton Park,
SE4 2DE