Jess Kyle

Jess has been working for the London Borough of Lewisham for over 10 years. She helped to set up Nature’s Gym with her colleague in Glendale in 2008 after the funding for Lewisham’s Green Gym sadly ended. Having previously run the Lewisham Green Gym she was able to ensure that the was consistency in the hand over between the two projects.

Jess runs a number of schools sessions in the Borough’s nature reserves.  This can be anything from bug hunts to habitat studies. If this is something that you think your school would be interested in, please visit our Education page for more information.

She also works with a number of Friends Groups, helping them find funding and then helps to carry out their projects. As well as this she runs guided walks in the nature reserves and is currently trying to establish a Friends Group for Brookmill Road nature reserve.

When not knee deep in mud and brambles Jess enjoys spending time in France making the most of its fantastic cycle routes and food!  She is also a keen (but not very good skier), enjoys reading crime novels, eating cheese and watching cricket.


Tel: 020 8314 2119       Email:

Judith Watling

Judith Simmons (Nature Conservation Office - Glendale)

Judith is Glendale’s Senior Nature Conservation Officer. She has been working with Jess on the Nature’s Gym projects for 3 years.  She also helps Jordan with the River Management volunteer sessions. She started at Glendale as a graduate trainee and was able to secure a permanent position.

She also works with local Friends Groups in the parks and leads an number of education sessions with schools, brownies and scouts. If this is something that you would like to get involved in, please contact Judith using the details below.

When not wading in a river Judith is a keen astronomer and enjoys checking out our universe at one of the Dark Skies sites in the area. She is also a keen traveller and always has a new part of the World in her sights.


Tel: 020 8852 9167         Email:

Jordan Ogbeide-Ihama

Jordan Ogbeide-Ihama

Jordan started working at the Council on English Nature’s Wildspace Project in 2003. When this project finished he became the Waterlink Way Project Officer for the QUERCUS project in Ladywell Fields.   He now works with Judith on the Bankside Sessions and occasionally helps Jess and Judith with Nature’s Gym. He is currently working on the Community Engagement & Park Improvement Strategy for BPP and several other projects along the Waterlink Way.  He facilitates outdoor environmental education field studies for pupils from Pre-school to A level & undergraduate students as well as school teachers as a training session on how to facilitate fields studies. If that isn’t enough, he organises & facilitate Interpretative Guided Walks for local community groups and the general public.

Jordan like reading, socialising and cooking. His favourite invertebrate/insect is the Stag Beetle the species (Lucanus cervus) the largest terrestrial insect in Europe! He has just started to learn the saxophone, but we are yet to hear him play.



Eszter Wainwright-Deri

Eszter is the Ecological Regeneration Officer for London Borough of Lewisham.


2 thoughts on “Meet the team

  1. Hi, team! I was looking up Eszter (finding out about research into grassland succession) and found this too. If actual years could be added instead of “worked for Lewisham for ten years” or “3 years ago” that works be more accurate as the page is not date stamped when updated. Just a thought. Also not much on Eszter’s background and current duties yet. Great site btw!!

    1. Hi Mike, good point re: number of years! I will need to get a photo of Eszter up there and will then write a bit more about her.


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