The April-June 2017 Nature’s programme is now available. There are plenty of exciting projects over the next few months, including the 3 Rivers Clean Up. As always, booking is essential for these sessions. If you are new to Nature’s Gym, take a look through our FAQ and How to Get Involved pages for more information. If there is anything that you are still unsure of, please feel free to email us any questions.
For tickets, please contact Rosie Whicheloe
Volunteers are needed urgently to help with a clearance of sediment from the secondary channel in the North Field this coming Wednesday (28th). Meet at 10am by the 10,000 Hands cafe in the North Field. We will be working from 10am-3pm with a group of volunteers from Thames 21 to try to make the river flow more easily
Join Thames21 and ArtsCafeSE13 for a clean up of the River Quaggy in Manor Park in central Lewisham. We will be working in the river and on the banks to remove any rubbish and the last of the invasive species along this stretch. All gear will be provided and we are all gathering by the café, which will be open. We would love to see you there.
Please contact Lawrence Beale-Collins for more information
Date and Time
Wednesday September 28th, 5pm – 7pm
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.
A merry bunch of eager volunteers from the Lewisham branch of DWP came out on a wade today as part of the 3 Rivers Clean Up. 16 of us waded from Ladywell Fields to Catford and managed to pull out 10 bags of rubbish, a bin and a trolley. The trolley came in very handy when we had to take all the rubbish back to base! A big thank you to all of the staff that came – we hope to see you again next year!
The 3 Rivers Clean up is a is a three-week long intensive annual volunteer campaign to improve the rivers Ravensbourne, Pool and Quaggy in South East London. Now in its eighth year, this unique 3 Rivers Clean Up partnership program has been highly successful in removing and preventing the spread of Himalayan Balsam and other species such as Giant Hogweed and Japanese Knotweed, in the Ravensbourne River catchment. Removing invasive species is the main focus, however, the 3 Rivers Clean Up is a great opportunity to remove all the rubbish and debris that builds up within this urban river catchment.
Meet in the Park at the end of Malyons Road, close to the Adventure Playground and curly railway bridge. Come suitably dressed – though Thames 21 will provide waders/boots and other equipment and will give a short safety talk beforehand. No children under 12 unless supervised by a responsible adult.
See you there!
The Friends of Ladywell Fields