Nature Conservation Lewisham

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Nature’s Gym changes due to frozen ground!

Winter Field © FreeImages St Mattox

Frozen Ground stops play

Unfortunately we have had to postpone the Nature’s Gym session at Deptford Park tomorrow. Tree’s (and volunteers who have to dig it) don’t like frozen ground very much and so we can’t plant them! Instead we will be going to Deptford Park on 8th March and Sydenham Wells Park on 15th March. The next few Thursdays will now look like this

Thursday 1st Match – No Nature’s Gym

Thursday 8th March – Deptford Park

Thursday 15th March – Sydenham Wells Park

Apologies for the short notice – stay warm!

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3 Rivers Clean Up 2108

5 Natures Gym group

Ladywell Fields

 

The first 3 Rivers Clean Up planning session will be taking place later this week. We hope that by the end o it we will have confirmed the dates for this year’s festival. We hope that will be able to overlap with London Rivers Week. This will be the 10th year that we have been running this project so look our for some fun anniversary events and celebrations.

The 3RiversCleanUp is a three-week long intensive annual volunteer campaign to improve the rivers Ravensbourne, Pool and Quaggy in South East London.

Take your family, your friends or just yourself on an urban wilderness adventure this summer and discover the rivers and the nature they support.  Join others in removing harmful rubbish and invasive plant species so as to improve the habitats for both flowers and animals. Learn about nature, about the quality of water and why it’s important and also join in with other associated events such as wildlife habitat management, pond dipping and nature walks, most of which will be suitable for all ages. All events are FREE.

If you would like to get involved have a look at the events calendar over the coming months to find out details of event locations and contact details of the event organisers.  Events will start to be populated once dates have been finalised. If you would like a bespoke event for your company, please free to contact us and we will do our best to arrange something.

Events are free but some require pre-booking. If there is heavy rain an event may be cancelled at short notice due to the risk of flash flooding.  Please check with the event organiser if the weather is bad.


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Nature’s Gym programme January – March 2018

Froggary on Blackheath

Froggary on Blackheath

 

Please see attached the Nature’s Gym programme for January – March 2018. Our first session back will be on Thursday 11th January at Ladywell Fields. A post Christmas wade!

You maybe interested to know that we’ve had over 600 volunteers attending over 50 sessions this year! This equates to over £18000 worth of worked carried out by you on a voluntary basis. That is an amazing achievement.

Thank you all for you help in 2017 and may 2018 be just as fun and full of brambles!


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Nature’s Gym programme October-December 2017 now available

Iona Close Orchard

The sparkly new Nature’s Gym programme for October-December 2017 is now available. We have been to most of the sites before, but some of them, Hare & Billet pond for example, we’ve not been to for a few years. We do have one new site, Luxmore Gardens, where we will be going on Thursday 9th November (date TBC) to do some bulb planting. If you’ve not been to a Nature’s Gym session before, but would like to take part, please visit our Nature’s Gym and FAQ pages where you should find all the information that you need. If you have any more questions, please to email us.


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Nature’s Gym help out at Firhill Road Allotments

Firhill Road Allotments

For a couple of weeks the Nature’s Gym volunteers worked in Firhill Road Allotments. The plan was to clear an area at the front of the site to make a wildlife area and a place for allotment holders to have a seat and relax. The volunteers also cleared some of the planters with a view to potentially allowing a school group to do some food growing. Nothing it set in stone yet and there is still a lot of work to do, be we still spent a happy few hours digging and hoeing, cutting and clearing. It is very satisfying seeing the result of our work and then being able to sit down and enjoy a cuppa in the newly cleared seating area!


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New Nature’s Gym Programme, July-September 2017

Baxter’s Fields

The new Nature’s Gym programme is now available!  There are a few new sites on there and a couple of favourites, so hopefully there is something for everyone. Please note that if you have not been before, have a read through our FAQ to see if this is the right project for you. Here you will also find out what you need to do to take part in one of our events. You can also have a look at the Nature’s Gym page where you will find a lot more information. If you still have questions about the project, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.