Nature Conservation Lewisham

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TCV Tree Pack

TCV Tree Pack

TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) are pleased to announce that their planting programme will commence from the beginning of October 2015 and throughout the bare root planting season until the end of March 2016 .

The tree pack guide gives details of the types of trees which are available. TCV are now at the stage where we need to know which type of packs you require and when you would like the trees to be delivered.

Also in celebration of this unique programme they would like to feature some of the participating community groups on a tree planting map their our website. This will show the different types of projects benefiting from FREE trees all across the country. They would love to hear from you if you’d be happy to be a flagship project.

TCV are delighted to be supported by this fantastic initiative on behalf of Ovo Energy and we know that 2015 will be a fantastic success planting over 95,000 trees across the UK


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Tree planting with the Friends of Hilly Fields and BrocSoc

Thanks to the Tree Council as part of their Diamond Jubilee planting initiatives the Friends of Hilly Fields and the Brockley Society will be planting a mixed fruit hedge at Hilly Fields.  The event takes place on Saturday 16 March between 10.30am – 2pm.  Feel free to drop in at any point to plant a few raspberries and share a light lunch, kindly provided by the Tree Council.

At 1pm there will be a Brockley Tree Walk with the head of the Tree Council, Jon Stokes.


Join in with some fruit hedge planting or maybe just a tree walk!

Join in with some fruit hedge planting or maybe just a tree walk!

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Tree Planting in Beckenham Place Park

 As mentioned earlier on this blog, the Nature’s Gym volunteers have been helping the Friends of Beckenham Place Park and other local groups plant trees in the former burning yard area of Beckenham Place Park.

Digging a hole for the tree!

So on a rather glorious Thursday, 17 merry volunteers prepared the area, then dug and planted a mixture of trees, including Silver birch Betula pendula and Blackthorn Prunus spinosa.  They also had to stake the trees and attach a watering tube – making sure the trees were upright of course!

Attaching the water pipe

Adding the stake

After lots of raking and digging the volunteers planted 10 trees.  There is still a long way to go, but our nature conservation colleague has a number of sessions planned with the Friends and other local groups, so hopefully the are will be planted up soon.

Overview of the planting site


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The Secret Orchard & Bird Talk Sunday 20 November – Cafe Crema

On Sunday 20 November from 10am until 2pm there will be an Autumn Orchard planting session and talk at Cafe Crema.  Soil and tree expert, Paul Ritchens (Managing gardener for The Kings Cross Skip Gardens) will give a talk on fruit tree cultivation.

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to learn about how to give trees the best possible start and tree care. The session starts with a short lecture on tree pruning techniques. You will also learn how to prune existing soft fruit (mainly raspberries). Perfect for people wanting to learn about fruit tree care and pruning and those about to start planting their own gardens..perfect too if you have trees and canes that you’re not sure how to prune to get maximum yield/longevity and health.

Also The London Wildlife Trust and Café Crema present…

Between 12pm-2pm, bird specialist Diane Wallace, wildlife educator from the London Wildlife Trust. This workshop teaches you all about the fantastic variety of birds in urban gardens and how you can attract them to your garden.

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This will include:

  • Dos and don’ts on feeding birds
  • Make your own mini bird-feeder
  • Build your own bird box, all materials provided

Families and children welcome

Please note for safety reasons, children must be accompanied by an adult for the bird box making 

Future Events

There will be follow up workshops throughout the year at key points in the tree calendar to check on and carry on learning about the trees. Tree planters get to name trees, and can also come back when the trees are fruiting and take a bag home to eat or cook with.

We have some secateurs and spades, but if you have your own please bring along too…tea and coffee and soft drinks will be complementary (fair trade and organic from Café Crema…) Hot soup and bread will be available as well.

Free, refreshments and light lunch provided. Family friendly.