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A very wet day in Hither Green Triangle

25 New Pond Ralph and Christine

A couple of brave volunteers in the rain by the new pond

It might not look like much at the moment, but this is the new pond in Hither Green Triangle! Come the summer all of the coir rolls that were planted will grow up, and this will be an amazing haven for wildlife. We already know there is lots of life in this pond, we just hope that they will enjoy there new surroundings and that others will be encouraged to join them! Just of of shot on the right there is also a hibernaculum adding to the variety on creatures we may find there.

Working in the rain!

The Friends of Hither Green Triangle held a work day with Nature’s Gym at the weekend clearing the banks and helping improve the meadows. We all got very wet but this is such a wonderful site, nobody really minded. We plan to go back in the new year to carryout more work.

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Nature’s Gym workday in Hither Green Triangle

Friends & volunteers on the steps ay Hither Green Triangle

Friends & volunteers on the steps ay Hither Green Triangle

Towards the end of October, volunteers with Nature’s Gym and the Friends of Hither Green Triangle worked in the Nature reserve between platforms 4 and 5 of Hither Green Station. This is a little known about and hidden away site, but is full of lots of interesting wildlife.

Working on the bank

Working on the bank

The Friends and volunteers have been working on this site for a long time and a lot of great work has been achieved.  On this work day we worked with a local contractor to clear the bank near platform 5 so that commuters and other travellers can peep in to the site.  They also did another huge litter pick – one of the on going problems of the site.

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July-September 2016 Nature’s Gym programme

Summer is here - time for a bit of Nature's Gym

Summer is here – time for a bit of Nature’s Gym

Please see attached the new Nature’s Gym programme. There are a couple of sites on there that we’ve not been to for a while alongside some old favourites.  Please note that Nature’s Gym is not running on 7th or 14th July. Our first session of the new programme will be on 21st July.  The following week we will be at Pepys Park for a wildflower/butterfly survey.  At this event you will also have the chance to meet with Nick Pond from London Borough lf Lewisham and hopefully a representative of Glendale.  This will be your chance to give feedback on any issues/concerns that you may have.  We will be emailing you a summary of the Feedback Forms you filled out a couple of weeks beforehand so that you will have chance to see what has already been said and our answers to your comments.  Please note that all comments have remained confidential.

 


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Hither Green Triangle Workday

 

 

Clearing access ramp

Clearing access ramp

The Nature’s Gym volunteers along with the Friends of Hither Green Triangle spent a very busy few hours in the nature reserve last weekend.  A lot of time was spent on clearing the rubbish that had been thrown in to the site from platforms 4 and 5.  The rubbish from platform 4 was particularly bad and while we did what we could there was still quite a bit left.  We have been coming to this site for a long  time and it has been a while since we have seen the litter this bad.  I know our friends at Hither Green Community Association are also concerned about the litter problem, so we are really hoping that something can be organised by Network Rail and South Eastern.

22 bags of rubbish were collected

22 bags of rubbish were collected

We also worked on a new potential access to the site by clearing over hanging branches and bramble.  It is hoped that if we can gain access to the site via this ramp, our contractor can carry out more work on the site.  This will result in more improvements, such as cutting the meadows, work to the pond and creating more gaps in the vegetation so that people catching trains can see in to the site from the platform.