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New Woodland for Crab Hill in Beckenham Place Park

Trees for Cities write…2018_12 Trees for cities consultation

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.

If you do not know where to hand in this form, please contact Jess via email:  or complete the form online.

 

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London Wildlife Trust – Great North Wood Festival

2018_09_09 Great North Wood

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.


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Greener City Fund Community Grants

Greener city fund community grants

Greener City Fund Community Grants

Greener City Fund Community Grants

Applications are now open for round two of the Community Green Space 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 greenercity@london.gov.uk to register your interest in attending.

2. Read the Greener City Fund Community Grants Project Toolkit

3. Complete the application form

4. Submit your application form and supporting documents by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018.

Questions?

Groundwork London is managing the community grants on behalf of the GLA. If you have any questions about the grants, or would like to register to attend the applicant workshop, please email greenercity@london.gov.uk or call Martin Petry on 020 7239 1292.

 


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National Park City Week – 21st July 2018 Fundraiser Event at Railway Garden in Crofton Park

Coinciding with National Park City Week the Crofton Park Railway Garden and hosting a series of activities detailed here, helping to raise the rest of the funds for the landscaping works to turn this greenspace into a more usable community garden and pocket park, with a ‘sensory-learning’ theme running through it. This will be our last opening before the works hopefully begin September onwards.

2018 Brockley Festival poster

Celebrating National Park City Week

Activities:

  • Walk the Brockley Three Peaks Trail. Pick up a map from the garden and a discount voucher for food and drinks on the day at participating ‘pit-stops’ along the way. All are fantastic local venues (including: Chandos Pub; Le Querce Italian; Mama Dough; Fred’s Cafe; Cafe Crofton Park; Jones of Brockley Deli – if you fancy a picnic instead; and more). The 5 mile circular walk will take you up to One Tree Hill, Blythe Hill Fields and Hilly Fields and the valley of the River Ravensbourne through Ladywell Fields.
  • Sensory Flavour Tour workshop with Flavour Sense.com. This is an amazing workshop exploring how our senses inform and influence our perception of food and flavour. Please book via eventbrite, as we need to get an idea of numbers attending this one.
  • A couple of kids workshops too – Art In Nature and Storytelling

LOCATION AND GETTING HERE

The garden runs parallel to platform one of Crofton Park Railway Station (Thameslink Sevenoaks line from Blackfriars) or is a short distance away from Honor Oak Park or Brockley stations on the London Overground Line. It is also on a direct route from Holborn / The Strand / Waterloo on 171 / 172 bus.

 

The garden entrance is on Marnock Road, SE4 1AZ, Brockley, London.


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London Rivers Week – Saturday June 23 to Sunday July 1

Thames 21 writes….

London Rivers Week

Do you cherish rivers and enjoy exploring them? Do you love the wildlife that roams our countryside? Do you want to learn about what’s being done to protect London’s life-giving rivers and how you can help? 

Then join us for the third annual London Rivers Week, running from Saturday June 23 to Sunday July 1. This year’s theme is Valuing Water, and our partners are putting on a fascinating list of free activities, with something for all the family – from walks and talks and a kayak event to demonstrations and even a film premiere.

You won’t want to miss our launch event on Sunday 24th June, at Ladywell Fields from 12pm to 3pm.

You’ll be able to become a dragonfly detective, explore what’s in the water through river dipping and make discoveries through riverfly monitoring.

The event will be a showcase of citizen science programmes by a range of partners.

Find out, for example, how Thames21 volunteers collect data about the types of plastic found in the Thames, or how water quality is tested by robot boats. There are 600km of waterways in the capital. That’s the same as the distance between Brighton and Edinburgh.

And during the week, you’ll have the chance to learn about the issues that affect many of them.

Do you fancy getting to know your local stretch of river better by clearing litter? Or taking over the invasive species which also choke our rivers? We’ve also got events like that, which will help you make a difference to these lifebloods for wildlife.

Otters, trout, bats, kingfishers and eels all use London rivers – but increasingly they need the public’s help to survive and thrive, in the face of plastic pollution, sewage and the impacts of climate change.

London’s rivers are often peaceful, natural places, where we can escape city life. They are havens where we can relax by the water, watch swans nesting or if we’re lucky, spot a flash of blue as one of Britain’s most beautiful birds, a kingfisher, speeds across the water.

So what are you waiting for? Take a look at our fantastic range of activities and book your place at one today!

If you can’t wait, whet your appetite by reading case studies about 23 restoration projects which include Ladywell Fields, giving you a world of nature to explore at places that have been rewilded in recent years.

London Rivers Week is sponsored  by Thames Water. Read more about the groups behind the organisation of London Rivers Week.