Nature Conservation Lewisham

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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





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Crowdfunding for outdoor classroom at Frendsbury Gardens

©Tom Kyle (Architect)

New Classroom at Frendsbury Gardens

The Friends of Frendsbury Gardens need you help.

We Need Your Help!

As you may already know, we’ve started a project to build an outdoor classroom in our community space. We’ve received some funding from it but it’s not enough to cover all the costs of the materials. The work will all be carried out by people in the community. To help cover the remain material costs we have started a crowdfunding appeal via Spacehive and we need your support to get to our target in the short space of time left to make this amazing dream become a reality.

The Project

To build an outdoor space that can be used in all weather. It’ll be a place where we can continue to hold our nature and horticultural classes; local families can use get together for celebrations or have a picnic; the community can use as a quiet, restful space to simply sit and enjoy; and where we can all get together for our annual open days.

Currently the gardens are used for pre-schooler nature clubs, afterschool gardening classes and gardening classes for adults, including those with mental health support. For some it’s simply a garden that they love visiting and enjoy being in, for other’s it’s become a place of sanctity and friendship.

The garden is open 7 days a week all year round and classes go ahead regardless the weather, but with a very small indoor space, rainy days do make it difficult to run our usual activities. A new outdoor space would solve this problem and provide with shelter when it’s raining or on extremely hot days.

What You Can Do:

Make a pledge it doesn’t matter how small it is. EVERY LITTLE COUNTS and spread the word!
Thank you for continuing to make Frendbury Gardens the wonderful little oasis it is becoming

Help Build!

We now have planning permission that we received 2 weeks ago so we need your donations and offers of time as this is a community build with no former building skills required. Please watch out for our build days or get in touch if you want to be involved in building a wonderful community space. We have a confirmed architects and structural engineer so it will be a supervised build

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Crofton Park Railway Garden Open Days

Crofton Park Railway Garden Open Days

Crofton Park Railway Garden Harvest Open Days

The garden volunteers welcome you to this year’s harvest open days:

Capital Growth – The Urban Harvest

Event: The Urban Harvest – Community gardens across the capital will be open on Saturday 16 September to welcome in visitors and volunteers to take part in garden activities and share the harvest as a community.

Date: 16 September 2017

Time 10-1pm


Event: Croftfest is taking place on 30 September this year with many activities around the neighbourhood. The garden will be open this year too.

Date: 30 September 2017

Time: 12-5pm

Open Day Activities

  • We will have a mini-popup market with harvest produce, seed packets and plants
  • Gardening tasks for anyone wanting to help prune, dig, clear, sow, weed
  • Look around and find out about forthcoming plans

Call to Action

  • We are always looking for regular volunteers to join a small group of dedicated local residents working towards transforming this space, and making Crofton Park greener.
  • We’d also like to hear from anyone who is a landscape gardener, landscape contractor, arborist, etc, who might be able to volunteer some time, or cost up some of the works. Please forward details if you know anyone who might be interested in helping us implement our plans.
  • We are also looking for any spare compost, good solid plant pots, spare functioning garden tools, etc. We don’t want spare junk, but if you feel you might have something useful for us, please get in touch. Email us photos to see if it might be something we need.

We really appreciate all the support offered thus far and look forward to commuinicating our continued progress over the coming year.

Hope to see you then. Please feel free to forward to your friends.
Please note other opening days on the website and follow us on Twitter @CroftonGarden for further info.


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Nature’s Gym change of date

9. Checking the level

Hither Green Triangle

Unfortunately, we have had to change our work day date at Hither Green Triangle. Our work session will now be on Saturday 9th September, 11am-2pm. Please remember that steel toe capped boots must be worn on site, and unfortunately, you will not be able to work without them. We have very few available to lend to people, so if you are keen, please contact us for more details.

We will be meeting by the entrance to the site on platform 5.