Nature Conservation Lewisham

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Nature’s Gym programme, January-March 2016

Building steps at Hither Green Triangle

Building steps at Hither Green Triangle

The Nature’s Gym programme for January-March 2016 is now available. We don’t start back until 16th January 2016, so you all have a long break to recover!  We look forward to seeing you all and welcoming new volunteers in the New Year.  There are some old favourites as well as a new site in this programme.

As a gentle reminder, for those that haven’t done so already, please fill out our feedback form and either post or email it back to Jess.  Alternatively you can hand it to Jess at a Nature’s Gym session.


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Wildlife Gym at Old Tidemill wildlife garden

Old Tidemill wildlife garden

Old Tidemill wildlife garden

Grow, Cook Eat, Meet

Connect with people and nature and get ,active at Wildlife Gym. Combining food growing, conservation and cooking.

Develop new skills and knowledge about wildlife and food growing. Improve your health and wellbeing by cooking and eating fresh healthy meals and have fun, whilst meeting new people.

Find out more at their Project Dirt page.

Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden

Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden

Where: Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden, Reginald Road, Deptford SE8 4RS

When: Wildlife Gym runs every Friday from 10am to 1pm. Please arrive at 9.45am to join in the group introduction when newcomers will be welcomed and the gardening and cooking tasks for the day are discussed.

Cost: A healthy freshly cooked lunch will be shared from 12pm, donations are welcome. If you would just like to join just for the sit down lunch there is a suggested donation of £3.

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Old Hands at Mud Pies – Vote for London Play and partners Assembly SE8 in the People’s Millions

Competing with Shed Heaven in the People’s Millions in the London region is London Play and Assembly SE8.  It is fantastic that both of Wednesday’s finalists are in Lewisham and both are very worth finalists!

Old Hands at Mud Pies, aims to build confidence, social networks and reduce isolation among older people in Deptford by engaging them in weekly community activities. The project will bring young and old generations together at Assembly SE8, Old Tidemill School for community cooking, gardening, community building and other creative’s activities. The intergenerational project will involve children and older people to play, eat and design at Depfords unique and wild space in the heart of Deptford.

Voting lines are open 9am-midnight on Wednesday 27 November
Watch us on ITV local news 6-6.30pm on the same day

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Old Tidemill School and Garden

On Saturday November 16th, the lovely volunteers at Old Tidemill School are holding a very important event where they will be taking part in some filming for a TV vote to help them secure funding from the People’s Millions.  You can help!
Help Old Tidemill School win People's Millions

Help Old Tidemill School win People’s Millions

Owen from the project says;

“With the support of the charity London Play we have submitted a project proposal titled, ‘Old Hands and Mud Pies’. The project is focused on engaging older people with volunteering opportunities and the chance to get involved with local activities and events in Deptford. The project will be centred at the Old Tidemill School and aims to engage people in learning and sharing skills as well as participating in fun and creative workshops and events. We are hosting an event at the school on November 16th do demonstrate some of the many fun things we do at the school and in the garden. We will be cooking up a tasty lunch, baking cakes and running activities. We have a new Treehouse to unveil and be tested out by local children as well as Forest School activities and creative art workshops. There will be chance to meet and chat to lot’s of other local people who are involved in the garden and the event will hopefully attract new people to come along to.

Your involvement in the event will be greatly appreciated and if successful, the funding we receive will help run regular events and activities for keen volunteers and local people for the whole of the coming year.”

November 16th 12pm – 4pm, at Old Tidemill School Wildlife Garden, Frankham Street, Deptford, SE8 4RN.

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October Nature’s Gym Dates

Digging bramble can be tough work!

In a change to some listings that you may see, the first two Nature’s Gym sessions in October 2013, will be held at the following locations.

Thursday 3rd October – Old Tidemill School – Frankham Street, Deptford.

1. Train: Deptford, 2. DLR: Deptford Bridge, 3. Bus: Many inc. 47, 53, 177 & 453, 4. Parking: There is some parking on site.

Thursday 10th October – Hilly Fields (Vicars Hill) – BRAMBLE!  – This session is now fully booked.

1. Train: Ladywell then 5 mines walk uphill. 2 Bus: 484 on Vicar’s Hill. 284, 122, P4 Ladywell Village (Please note the buses are all on diversion, so check before you travel). There are also more parking restrictions on Vicars hill now, so you may find this more difficult.

Please note –

Due to circumstances out of our control, Judith will be running the session on 10th October on her own.  Therefore, due to our risk assessment and health and safety considerations, we have to limit the number of volunteers on this day to 10.  We are therefore asking that you book if you wish to attend this session.  Due to limited numbers we ask that you only book if you can make the full 3 hours and that you are happy to cut back brambles!   We apologise if this seems harsh, but it is not fair on those that can make the whole session and are willing to work hard to clear the bramble and who may miss out.

At Vicars Hill this can by difficult and tiring work!