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London Wildlife Trust – Great North Wood Festival

2018_09_09 Great North Wood

The London Wildlife Trust writes…

Join London Wildlife Trust at Sydenham Hill Wood for the first-ever Great North Wood Woodland Festival!

The Festival of the Great North Wood will be a celebration of the Wood’s wildlife and history…

Please come and join us on Sunday 9th September, 10am-6pm, for the Festival of the Great North Wood in Sydenham Hill Wood.

The Great North Wood was once a patchwork of wild woods and common ground that covered the low hills between Deptford and Croydon. The woods have largely been swallowed up by the growth of south London, but the Great North Wood lives on in local names (such as Norwood and Honor Oak) and in surviving sections of woodland, which still stand as havens for wildlife and nature.

The Festival of the Great North Wood will be a celebration of the Wood’s wildlife and history. Visitors to the festival will be able to enjoy a series of guided walks throughout the day, led by London Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers.

For families there will be storytelling, a woodland treasure trail and the opportunity to learn about wildlife in the woods through pond dipping and bug hunting. There will also be folk and acoustic music, refreshments and a tombola for all to enjoy. Toilets will also be available.

Graphic artist and local resident Tim Bird will also be on hand to discuss his new comic novel The Great North Wood, an innovative retelling of the story of this largely forgotten landscape.

The Great North Wood was very much a working woodland, supporting and supplying local industries such as shipbuilding, tanning and charcoal burning. Woodcraft still survives today, albeit on a much smaller scale, and there will be demonstrations of woodturning and carving for all to learn about these traditional skills.

Sydenham Hill Wood is located between Sydenham Hill and Forest Hill rail stations. It is also close to the Horniman Museum.

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Nature’s Gym location change

Bankside management in a sunny Ladywell Field

Due to illness Nature’s Gym on Thursday 26 July will now be at Ladywell Fields. There will be a wade and some bankside management work. The session on Saturday 28th July remains the same. Please pass the message on.


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Greener City Fund Community Grants

Greener city fund community grants

Greener City Fund Community Grants

Greener City Fund Community Grants

Applications are now open for round two of the Community Green Space Grants.

Apply for a grant

Do you want to create or improve a green space in your neighbourhood, and improve Londoners’ access to nature? Or do you want to green your school playground to protect students from air pollution? We’re looking for projects across the capital that will make the city greener and give Londoners the chance to get involved.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018. Projects should take place between January 2019 and January 2020.

How do I apply?

1. Before applying, please read the Grants Guide carefully and make sure your project addresses the aims of the fund.

We will be holding an applicant workshop on Thursday 6 September, from 4pm to 6pm. This is optional, but may help to inform your application. Please email greenercity@london.gov.uk to register your interest in attending.

2. Read the Greener City Fund Community Grants Project Toolkit

3. Complete the application form

4. Submit your application form and supporting documents by 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018.

Questions?

Groundwork London is managing the community grants on behalf of the GLA. If you have any questions about the grants, or would like to register to attend the applicant workshop, please email greenercity@london.gov.uk or call Martin Petry on 020 7239 1292.

 


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National Park City Week – 21st July 2018 Fundraiser Event at Railway Garden in Crofton Park

Coinciding with National Park City Week the Crofton Park Railway Garden and hosting a series of activities detailed here, helping to raise the rest of the funds for the landscaping works to turn this greenspace into a more usable community garden and pocket park, with a ‘sensory-learning’ theme running through it. This will be our last opening before the works hopefully begin September onwards.

2018 Brockley Festival poster

Celebrating National Park City Week

Activities:

  • Walk the Brockley Three Peaks Trail. Pick up a map from the garden and a discount voucher for food and drinks on the day at participating ‘pit-stops’ along the way. All are fantastic local venues (including: Chandos Pub; Le Querce Italian; Mama Dough; Fred’s Cafe; Cafe Crofton Park; Jones of Brockley Deli – if you fancy a picnic instead; and more). The 5 mile circular walk will take you up to One Tree Hill, Blythe Hill Fields and Hilly Fields and the valley of the River Ravensbourne through Ladywell Fields.
  • Sensory Flavour Tour workshop with Flavour Sense.com. This is an amazing workshop exploring how our senses inform and influence our perception of food and flavour. Please book via eventbrite, as we need to get an idea of numbers attending this one.
  • A couple of kids workshops too – Art In Nature and Storytelling

LOCATION AND GETTING HERE

The garden runs parallel to platform one of Crofton Park Railway Station (Thameslink Sevenoaks line from Blackfriars) or is a short distance away from Honor Oak Park or Brockley stations on the London Overground Line. It is also on a direct route from Holborn / The Strand / Waterloo on 171 / 172 bus.

 

The garden entrance is on Marnock Road, SE4 1AZ, Brockley, London.


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Bat, moth and owl prowl at Sydenham Hill Wood – Friday 6 July, 9pm-11pm

Brown long-eared bat

Brown long-eared bat

Meet at the Crescent Wood Road entrance.

Join the London Wildlife Trust for a guided walk of Sydenham Hill Wood to discover bats, moths and tawny owls. Using bat detectors, our site warden and volunteers will reveal a hidden, nocturnal world in urban south London.

Sydenham Hill Wood is part ancient woodland, one of the largest remaining fragments of the Great North Wood which once stretched from Deptford to Selhurst. The following species have been recorded at the Wood: soprano pipistrelle, common pipisrelle, nathusius pipistrelle, brown long-eared, natterer’s, Leisler’s, noctule and serotine.

Tawny owls are known to breed in the Wood and the local area and can be heard calling in daylight hours as well as in the deep of night. Males call ‘twoo’ and females ‘ke-wick’.

They will have a moth trap in the main glade to exhibit some of the many beautiful species which can be found in the Wood.

This is a free walk, a minimum donation of £2 towards their work is recommended

If you love Sydenham Hill Wood please help them protect it in the long term by becoming a London Wildlife Trust member