Nature Conservation Lewisham

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Winter tree ID at Sydenham Hill Wood – Sunday 22 January, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Sessile oak trees in Sydenham Hill Wood

Sessile oak trees

A London Wildlife Trust guided walk at Sydenham Hill Wood identifying winter trees

Join London Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers for a guided tour of Sydenham Hill Wood’s winter trees

Sydenham Hill Wood is part of the Great North Wood, a network of woods and commons that once stretched from Deptford to Selhurst. The Wood is part ancient and is recovering as a nature reserve after the damage done by Victorian development in the mid-late 1800s. Sessile oak and hornbeam are the Wood’s principle species that tell a story of London’s natural history but also it’s development as a city

London’s woods fuelled its early development and today are cherished for their role in providing habitat for wildlife and peaceful refuge for visitors, whilst purifying the air, storing carbon and containing rainwater

By learning to identify trees in winter you can gain ID skills that will help you to deepen your knowledge when they leaf again in spring.


Inside the Crescent Wood Road gate,
Sydenham Hill Wood & Cox’s Walk,


New Cross Gate Cutting Workdays

New Cross Gate Cutting -

Volunteer with LWT

The London Wildlife Trust will be running a couple of practical volunteers sessions at their Vesta Road site.  If you are interested in getting involved, please contact, Sam Bentley-Toon to book your place.


Saturday 21st January 11am-3.30pm
Saturday 18th February 11am-3.30pm


New Cross Gate Cutting,
Vesta Road Entrance,


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New Year – New Programme

January-March 2017 programme

January-March 2017 programme

The Nature’s Gym Programme for January -March 2017 is now available.  There are a couple of new sites to whet you appetite and some great projects where we will be working in partnership with other local organisations.

If you are new to Nature’s Gym, please check out our FAQ and Nature’s Gym pages where hopefully you will find all the information that you need.  If after reading this you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us.  You can also read a little about the team that you’ll be working with.

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A big thank you and a Happy Christmas!

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Thank you to all of our volunteers

A big thank you to all the volunteers we’ve had this last year. We’ve had 571 volunteers, which equates to over 1500 hours and £14,500 worth of work!  We have achieved so much this year and you should all be very proud of yourselves.  Judith and I can’t thank you enough. You’ve come out in all weathers, dug heaps of bramble and created a lot of new habitats!

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We look forward to seeing you in the New Year.  In the meantime, we hope you have a lovely Christmas and enjoy all the festivities!

Take it away Bing and Frank!

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Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ grant scheme expanding


Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme is expanding


Groundwork write;

Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme is changing! We are expanding to fund a wider range of projects – and you can now apply for a grant all year round.


Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme is changing! We are expanding to fund a wider range of projects – and you can now apply for a grant all year round.

In order to give Tesco customers a regular say on where their money goes, the Bags of Help scheme will now be open all year round for applications from community organisations, with grants awarded on a monthly basis.

In addition, the money raised by the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores will now be opened up to a greater range of projects.

As always, the grants will support community participation in the development and use of open spaces. Projects that could now get the green light for funding will include: volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events,
and sports and leisure activities.

Following each public vote, three projects in each Tesco region will receive a grant award, with first place receiving up to £5K, second place up to £2K and third place up to £1K.

Bags of Help is available to a wide range of community groups and organisations across England, Wales and Scotland and they can apply for grants to improve local green spaces. The scheme will fund physical improvement projects that will benefit the local community.

The new application and guidance notes, as well as further information can be found here.

If you require further support with your application or have any questions about the new scheme – don’t hesitate to get in touch with Alex Forrester  or drop Groundwork an email.

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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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Free bulbs for Green Flag Community Award winners

Free bulbs

Free bulbs

The Metropolitan Public Garden Association is offering free bulbs to Green Flag Community Award winners.  If you are a winner and this interests you, please complete the application form and email to the MPGA.

The MPGA say;

‘We’re pleased to confirm that together with our partners Taylors bulbs of Spalding, we are able to offer for the fifth successive year, packages of approximately 900 high quality bulbs, completely free of charge, including delivery.

The offer is site specific and applicants must clearly state on the application form the name of the site or park where the bulbs will be planted.  As we are supplied with a limited number of bulbs from Taylors, unfortunately not all applicants will be successful. Those who are will be advised quickly and the bulbs, which are subject to availability, will be dispatched from the week commencing 28 November and must be planted before Cha