Nature Conservation Lewisham

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Nature’s Gym Programme April-June 2018


3 Rivers Clean Up in Manor Park 2017

Please find attached the new Nature’s Gym programme for April – June 2018. You will notice a couple of changes on this programme and more information about this will follow over the coming months.

You will also see that it that time of year when we get in to the river a lot to clear Himalayan balsam and litter. For those of you that have not been with us for very long or who have not been on a wade before, more information about the 3 Rivers Clean Up can be found on the website. You will also find other events taking place over the 3 weeks that you might be interested in.

Please note that all 3 Rivers Clean Up sessions require booking, even if you are a regular volunteer.

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Free Events coming up at Forster Memorial Park

2018_02_25 Forster events

Events at Forester Memorial Park

There’s lots happening at Forster park over the next few weeks, just in time for Spring and all the joy it brings. Come and get involved!

Tales of WildWood
A journey in to the history, folklore and ecology of English Woodlands
This Sunday  (25th February 2018) 11.00am – 12pm
Meet at the top Whitefoot Lane entrance.
• Free event
• All ages groups and abilities welcome
• Plan will be to keep to the main paths as much as possible

Weekly Walks
Taking place every Tuesday, meet at 10.30am at Goldsmiths Communtiy Centre on Castillion Road.
The walk is free and will take you to, and around Forster Park.
Call or text Sara on 07927 372 800 for more info.

Nature Trail
Join us on Saturday 10 March between 1 and 3pm for a free nature trail, with crafts and a storyteller.
Funded by Phoenix’s Community Links, it’s all free and fun for all the family.
Don’t worry, we’ll send you a reminder about this one!

Enjoy the park everyone! How could you not?
See you soon.


Great North Wood spoon carving workshop – Sunday 3 December, 11am-4pm

Spoon Carving © London Wildlife Trust

Learn the ancient art of spoon-carving

Join London Wildlife Trust for a spoon-carving workshop in the Centre for Wildlife Gardening.

You can make your own spoon from wood harvested from the Great North Wood.

The workshop costs £20 per person. All tools will be provided, plus tea and coffee. Suitable for ages 14+. No experience necessary. Booking essential.

To book please purchase a ticket on Eventbrite.

Date and Time: Sunday 3 December, 11am-4pm

Venue Location

Centre for Wildlife Gardening,
East Dulwich,
Greater London,
SE15 4EE

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Wondrous Woodlands with London Wildlife Trust – Sunday 12 November 2017

Wonder Woodlands © London Wildlife Trust


A fun day out in the woods for families with children of any age learning about the trees, building dens and gathering around a fire.

Join the London Wildlife Trust for a free family learning day in Sydenham Hill Wood.  In the morning we will be learning about the trees in the wood through games and activities.  In the afternoon we will set up camp, build shelters and finish by gathering round the fire for marshmallows.

There are no toilets on site but there is a pub nearby and the Horniman Museum is not far away.

Date: Sunday 12 November 2017 – 11:00am4:00pm


Crescent Wood Road entrance,
Crescent Wood Road,
Forest Hill/Sydenham Hill,
SE26 6SA

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A History of Sydenham Hill Wood at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening

Friday 24 November 2017 – 7:00pm8:30pm

Horses removing fallen trees from Sydenham Hill Wood after the Great Storm of 87

Horses removing timber after the storm of 1997


A talk about the history of Sydenham Hill Wood & Cox’s Walk at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening

Join London Wildlife Trust at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening for a talk about the history of Sydenham Hill Wood.

Sydenham Hill Wood is one of the largest remaining remnants of the Great North Wood, a landscape of woods and commons which stretched from Deptford to Selhurst and has origins in the wildwood that colonised after the Ice Age ended 10,000 years ago. The Wood has a fascinating cultural history, with a number of interesting individuals having lived nearby within the Great North Wood. These include John Ruskin, Lord Byron and the speech therapist, Lionel Logue, made famous by The King’s Speech. The former lived in a house which was once a part of Sydenham Hill Wood.

The Wood itself was saved from development in the 1980s resulting in a nature reserve loved and managed by members of the local community, the very people who saved it.

Today London Wildlife Trust volunteers rekindle ancient land management of coppicing, pollarding and dead hedging to aid the regeneration of the Wood’s flora and fauna.

This is a free talk.

Venue location

Centre for Wildlife Gardening
28 Marsden Road SE15 4EE,
Centre for Wildlife Gardening,
Greater London,
SE15 4EE