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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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Orchard volunteering session in Ladywell Fields – Saturday 11 February, 10.30am-12.30pm

© Joanna Kopik

Orchard pruning in Ladywell Fields

The community orchard planted in Ladywell Fields in 2011 is thriving, but like any orchard, it needs care and attention if the trees are to grow strongly and avoid disease.  This is one of the Friends twice yearly volunteer sessions at which you can learn  and help prune the trees, inspect and repair the guards, and mulch the trees with woodchip to keep the weeds down.

If you do come and you have any of the following, please bring them; thick gloves, sharp secateurs and garden buckets.  Also at the risk of stating the obvious, please come in work clothes and robust shoes!

Pruning requires dry weather, so if it is raining, they will need to reschedule.


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Lewisham 3 Peaks challenge

Lewisham 3 Peaks Challenge

The people behind ‘Lewisham’s 3 Peaks Challenge’ write:

The Brockley Three Peaks walk was an idea which sprung out of a co-design workshop last summer, as part of the neighbourhood planning work. A year later, local residents, with thanks to grant funding from the Ladywell ward assembly, have made it happen! Realising what a great asset their hilly open spaces are, the project set out to map and link the parks and open spaces around the greater Brockley area to highlight their very own five mile ‘green-chain’ walking route. The route also connects the area’s fantastic local independent shopping parades where there are plenty of opportunities to stop for drinks, coffee, food or some shopping.

Historic information, photography and illustrations of key landmarks have all been created by local residents. These were then fed to the map designer ( and compiled into a souvenir walking map of the area.  The Guardian cartoonist and Lewisham local, Martin Rowson also kindly designed the Three Peaks illustrative logo.

3 Peaks Map (

3 Peaks Map (

If you are up for walking Lewisham’s very own Three Peaks Challenge, then join the charity launch event on Saturday 16th July from Hilly Fields Park (meeting point at stone circle), SE4 – at 11.00am. The event will support two local charities: For Jimmy and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust are joining with local residents to promote the fun hike of the route. Our message is that our streets and parks are for everyone to enjoy, and we all benefit from making our neighbourhood a safe place for children to grow up in.

There are many ways to get involved:

1. Create a fundraising page for this event and get sponsored to conquer Lewisham’s Three Peaks! It will be fun and any money raised will go to the two partner charities. Or sponsor someone who has already created a page. Visit the link for more info:

2. You can also support the charities by buying a limited edition souvenir t-shirt, designed by Martin Rowson. These will be on sale on the day. The team will also be at Blythe Hill Fields Summer festival on teh 2nd of July 2016.

3. Donate a pound and pick up a souvenir map

4. Join the walkers on the 16th July, make new friends, and enjoy our lovely neighoburhood. To pick up your ‘3 Peaks Challenge’ badge join us for the after party in Ladywell Fields at For Jimmy’s Sparkle festival which takes place on the same day.

For updates and more information, follow the team on:

Twitter: @Brockley3Peaks

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Lewisham DWP help out with the 3 Rivers Clean UP

Wading in the Ravensbourne

Wading in the Ravensbourne

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.


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River Clean-Up with Thames21 – Sunday 24 April, 10.00am- 1.00pm

Join Thames21 for a wade in Ladywell Fields

Join Thames21 for a wade in Ladywell Fields

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

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Friends of Ladywell Fields and Thames21 River Clean Up

River bankside volunteers

Volunteer with Thames 21 and the Friends of Ladywell Fields

Thames 21

Thames 21

Thames 21 and the Friends of Ladywell Fields are holding a river clean up on Sunday 13th December from 10am-1pm.  They will be meeting by the 10,000 Hands Cafe in the northern field at 10am. Come along for some wet fun!



LEWISHAM NATURE WALKS Sunday 9 August meet – 2pm Ladywell station

Riverdale Sculpture Park with ‘Lewisham Natureman‘ white stag amongst the graffiti

Riverdale Sculpture Park with ‘Lewisham Natureman‘ white stag amongst the graffiti

For the next walk on Sunday 9 August, we will be following the river Ravensbourne from Ladywell to its confluence with the Thames at the mouth of Deptford Creek. The walk will go via the Riverdale Sculpture Park (a little-known green space on Molesworth Street), Cornmill Gardens (by the Glass Mill leisure centre), the wonderful Brookmill Park and Deptford Creek which we will view from the Ha’Penny Hatch Bridge and the Laban Centre.

We will meet at 2pm outside Ladywell rail station. The walk is three miles long on level terrain and should last about two and a half hours. At the end, we should be able to cross the new pedestrian bridge over the creek mouth and walk along a short section of the Thames Path to Greenwich for train, DLR or buses home.

deptford creek

Deptford creek