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Catford: Green Projects

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on February 25, 2014 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

1.Catford Train Station- Community Clean Up.

A group of local residents are getting together to work with Network Rail on a one- off community clear up of CAtford Station which is currently in a disgusting state. Sign up here to receive information about the community clean up dates.

The River Pool at Catford.   Image credit: Ian Yarnham via


2.  Weekly Wildlife Conservation sessions on The River Pool, Catford

Thames 21 and the Friends of River Pool are running weekly wildlife conservation sessions in the heart of Catford and it is open to everyone over 16. It's a hands-on opportunity to learn about the management of woodland, ponds and river habitats. Boots and all equipment provided inc tea and doughnuts.

There two sessions every Wednesday starting at 10.15 am and 1.00pm


Location: Junction Rivers Pool & Ravensbourne, Riverview Park, Catford, London SE6 4PU

Email: [email protected]   Tel: 020 7223 1264 More information here

River Pool Enhancement Project - January 22nd

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on January 16, 2014 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Photo: Copyright Ian Yarham- The River Pool Linear Park

River Pool Enhancement Project - January 22nd


Join Thames21 on Wednesday 22 January from 10am until 3pm!

This is a project to improve the look and dynamism of the River Pool, one of our three Lewisham Rivers.

This project aims to transform sections of the river with in-stream structures to speed up the flow and make it a more attractive river for wildlife and people alike.

Volunteers will gain new skills, make a difference, and learn more about rivers and riparian habitats.

All equipment and tea will be provided. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

This event is part of Thames21 waterways improvements and restoration projects and has been supported by Biffa, LB of Lewisham and the Environment Agency.

Meet: at the bridge on Winsford Road, SE6. Map

Thames21 meets each Wednesday and invites volunteers who wish to join the organisation to the Wednesday clean-ups.

FREE Walks - Lewisham, Sydenham, Catford

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on January 9, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

FREE Walk: Lower Sydenham to Catford

Tues, 21 January, 2pm

E:  [email protected]  W:

Pass through a landscape that was part of the Kent countryside until little over a century ago. It has changed radically in the move from agrigultural to recreational but there are still species haning on that have a direct lineage to the past countryside.

Please reserve a space via email and provide a contact number.


FREE WALK: Catford to Ladywell

Tues, 28 January, 2pm

E: [email protected] W:

Ladywell Fields has superficially stayed pretty much the same since old times. It has mostly never been built on. It still retains some elements of the historic past but it has been altered almost as much in ways less visible unless one looks beyond the general green look to the detail of that greenery. And that tells a story of constant change.

Please reserve a space via email and provide a contact number.

Catford: Open Wildlife Gardening session The River Pool

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on November 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

River Pool Photo (c)  Mike Quinn

Friends of River Pool with Thames21 are holding Wildlife Gardening sessions of two hours, Wednesday mornings and afternoons starting at 10.15 am and 1.00pm


Much better than daytime television; it offers an opportunity to do something different; to get fit while working out of doors, learning about wildlife conservation and the management of woodland, ponds and river habitats in a place where Kingfishers and Sparrow Hawks live


Dress in old clothes. Boots and other equipment inc. tea and biscuits will be provided


When: 23 Oct 2013 - 18 Dec 2013 10:15 - 12:15 every Wed

Where:  Where Rivers Pool and Ravensbourne meet, River Pool linear Park Winsford Road Bell Green, SE6 4LX Catford

Tel: 020 7223 1264

Email: [email protected]

Price: free

Age: 16+

Catford Bulbs in Bloom- Help 'green up' Catford this Autumn!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on November 5, 2013 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (1)

This autumn Lewisham Gardens will be working with Catford community groups to 'Green Up' their streets and outside spaces.

The project will be happening in the Catford South Ward. 

We have thousands of bulbs for community groups- Daffodils and Narcissi, Tulips, Alliums, Crocus...all you have to do is sign up!



1. Your group, organisation or street should fall within Caford South Ward.

2. The bulbs need to planted in a public space.

3. Send in photos of your bulb planting event- by email or to Facebook..

4. In Spring 2014 - let us know how the flowers are doing! 

And that's it!  


Sign up for Catord Bulbs in Bloom!

The Project Facebook Page

How to plant your FREE bulbs!

Great news about Mountsfield Park!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on September 19, 2013 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The Friends of Mountsfield Park Group was constituted at their AGM last week. The group and Rory McNally the Chair can be contacted by email: [email protected] or through their Mountsfield Park Blog.


The Cafe of Good Hope, the popular cafe and meeting place set up by the Jimmy Mizen Foundation has been awarded the contract for the soon to be built cafe in nearby Mountsfield Park.


Local residents have campaigned for a decent cafe for Mountsfield for some time and had to push the council into seriously considering the business case for permanent cafe.

Catford: FREE Chicken keeping workshop- SAT 29 June

Posted by Chrissie on May 16, 2013 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Have you been thinking of keeping chickens?


Well here’s your chance, Phoebe's Garden Centre are hosting workshops by Omlet's own chicken eggsperts on Saturday 29 June, so send an email to book your place! Stating your time preference [email protected]


There will be two sessions 11.30 am & 1.30pm each lasting approximately 30-40 minutes

The talk will cover:

* Introductions and coup sizes for Eglu Go and Cube.

* Chick to point of lay.

* Importance of vaccinated hens and chicken myths. (Like you don't need a cockerel to lay eggs.)

* Chicken handling, egg collecting and expectation.

* Feeding.

* Cleaning/mites and how easy it is to clean a Go and Cube.

* Wing clipping.

* The closest poultry vet (Sidcup)

* Then 5-10 minutes of Questions answered.


This is strictly on a first come, first served basis as numbers are limited. Unfortunately this is an adult only workshop.

Open Garden Squares Weekend- 8-9 June, 2013

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on May 14, 2013 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Open Garden Squares Weekend is a magical two-day event, where community gardens and private squares throughout London welcome visitors from around the world. Gardens range from historical private squares to contemporary roof gardens, prisons, barges.

One ticket gives access to over 200 gardens on both Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June 2013.

One £10 pass allows entry to all 200 gardens over the entire weekend. Remember to check opening times and that you may have to book for some gardens.  Buy  Tickets

Local garden s particpating in Open Garden Squares. 

Culverley Green- Culverley Road,  SE6 2JZ

Sunday 9 June: 14:00–17:00

The Secret Orchard- Cafe Crema, 306 New Cross Road SE14 6AF

Saturday: 10:00–17:00

Sydenham Garden- 28A Wynell Road, SE23 2LW

Saturday: 10:00–17:00

+Sunday: 11:00–16:00

Changes to Mountsfield Park: Presentation of Survey Results

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on November 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

 Photo (c) GRoundwork London

Following the successful consultation event in October, Groundwork London will be presenting the survey results and initial designs at the next meeting of Friends of Mountsfield Park on Wednesday 21st November, 7pm at the Cafe of Good Hope, 216-218 Hither Green Road, SE13 6RT.

If you cannot make the meeting, FOMP will be posting the information on their blog shortly after.