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.
Sunday 23 September 2018 – 11:00am – 12:00pm
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,
Trees for Cities write…
Trees for Cities is working in partnership with the London Borough of Lewisham to re-establish an area of woodland on Crab Hill in Beckenham Place Park. The woodland will be planted carefully so it does not block visibility. It will bring splashes of colour throughout the seasons and attract bees, birds and butterflies! Local people will also be able to forage the fruits and nuts that grow there.
Trees for Cities are looking for your feedback on this project. Let them know what you think by Monday 1st October 2018. Your comments will help them finalise the design before planting begins in December 2018.
The London Wildlife Trust writes…
Join London Wildlife Trust at Sydenham Hill Wood for the first-ever Great North Wood Woodland Festival!
The Festival of the Great North Wood will be a celebration of the Wood’s wildlife and history…
Please come and join us on Sunday 9th September, 10am-6pm, for the Festival of the Great North Wood in Sydenham Hill Wood.
The Great North Wood was once a patchwork of wild woods and common ground that covered the low hills between Deptford and Croydon. The woods have largely been swallowed up by the growth of south London, but the Great North Wood lives on in local names (such as Norwood and Honor Oak) and in surviving sections of woodland, which still stand as havens for wildlife and nature.
The Festival of the Great North Wood will be a celebration of the Wood’s wildlife and history. Visitors to the festival will be able to enjoy a series of guided walks throughout the day, led by London Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers.
For families there will be storytelling, a woodland treasure trail and the opportunity to learn about wildlife in the woods through pond dipping and bug hunting. There will also be folk and acoustic music, refreshments and a tombola for all to enjoy. Toilets will also be available.
Graphic artist and local resident Tim Bird will also be on hand to discuss his new comic novel The Great North Wood, an innovative retelling of the story of this largely forgotten landscape.
The Great North Wood was very much a working woodland, supporting and supplying local industries such as shipbuilding, tanning and charcoal burning. Woodcraft still survives today, albeit on a much smaller scale, and there will be demonstrations of woodturning and carving for all to learn about these traditional skills.
Sydenham Hill Wood is located between Sydenham Hill and Forest Hill rail stations. It is also close to the Horniman Museum.
Greener City Fund Community Grants
Apply for a grant
Do you want to create or improve a green space in your neighbourhood, and improve Londoners’ access to nature? Or do you want to green your school playground to protect students from air pollution? We’re looking for projects across the capital that will make the city greener and give Londoners the chance to get involved.
Applications close at 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018. Projects should take place between January 2019 and January 2020.
How do I apply?
1. Before applying, please read the Grants Guide carefully and make sure your project addresses the aims of the fund.
We will be holding an applicant workshop on Thursday 6 September, from 4pm to 6pm. This is optional, but may help to inform your application. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest in attending.
2. Read the Greener City Fund Community Grants Project Toolkit
4. Submit your application form and supporting documents by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018.