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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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Nature’s Gym location change – 8th December

Dear all Nature’s Gym volunteers,

Please note that Judith and I have had to change the Nature’s Gym session on Thursday 8th December.  We will now be at Albion Millennium Green and will be working on the railway path and hopefully finishing the cutting back of the hedge that we started last time.

See you there!

Take it away Sam…..


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October-December 2016 Nature’s Gym programme now available

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Please find attached the Nature’s Gym programme for October-December 2016.  There are a couple of site scheduled that we’ve not been to for ages which will therefore probably be new to a lot of you!  Due to the number of projects that we have been asked to carry out, there are quite a few different sites this time and so we’ve not been able to stick to the fewer sites idea that we have discussed. Even so, we hope that you will all find something to enjoy!

The last session of the year will be on Saturday 10th December, the exact location and event will be confirmed nearer the time.  We will return from the Christmas break on Thursday 12th January.


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Nature’s Gym – Saturday 10 September

Chinbrook Meadows

Chinbrook Meadows

On Saturday 10th September, the Nature’s Gym volunteers will be joining forces with ChArt to carry out some much needed work in Chinbrook Meadows.  Work will involve, clearing the small pond area, cutting back the reeds and clearing some of the nettles the banks. Our good friends at Rivers and People have been doing quite a lot of work here, but we thought we’d lend them a hand.

A little bit about ChART

ChART stands for Chinbrook Action Residents Team and is one of 150 Big Local projects set up around the country.  Each project had at least £1m each to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their communities.  Big Local brings together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live.  Big Local is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and managed by Local Trust. Nationally they work with a range of partners to deliver Big Local, building on the skills and experiences of others to provide expert advice and support for residents.

ChART area map

ChART area map

 


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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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Kings Fund report extols virtue of gardening and volunteering

Volunteering and gardening are great for you health

Volunteering and gardening are great for you health

A report published in May 2016 by the Kings Fund, has stated that,

“Gardens are therefore important to our health due to the numbers of people who engage with them in many different ways and for different reasons.”

 It goes on to say:

Increasing people’s exposure to, and use of, green spaces has been linked to long-term reductions in overall reported health problems (including heart disease, cancer and musculoskeletal conditions); it has also been linked to reduced levels of obesity and high physical activity, and higher self-rated mental health. Living in areas with green spaces also seems to weaken the effect of income inequalities on health. Gardens can provide other important environmental functions, such as reducing flood risk and moderating climate and pollution, which have knock-on benefits for health.

It is quite a long report, but the Executive Summary is well worth a read, because it explains this very nicely.  Maybe now is an even better time to go out and volunteer in one of your local parks and nature reserves, or maybe join a Friends Group – it could do you wonders!

 


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Nature’s Gym location change

© FreeImages.com/fcl1971

© FreeImages.com/fcl1971

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to change the location of this Thursday’s Nature’s Gym. We will now be at Garthorne Road nature reserve creating more woodland scallops.

We are creating these because, open space is the most important part of a woodland for butterflies, especially its edge habitat where the warmest conditions are found.  Cutting scallops creates a varied, zoned edge structure. Scallops also reduce shading along the adjacent ride and have great potential to improve any existing ride side butterfly habitat. They will increase the overall structural diversity of the woodland and provide sheltered herb-rich grassy areas (Butterfly Conservation Trust.).