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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

London I-tree Eco Project- 200 volunteers needed!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on February 6, 2014 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)


The RE:LEAF London Partnership is undertaking a survey of London’s trees and woodlands, to establish the benefits they provide and put a value on them.

We need 200 volunteers for one day’s training and about four days surveying actually out in the field looking at and measuring trees across Greater London.

You will:

Receive training in the use of the US Forest Service’s i-tree methodology

Be accredited as an i-Tree Eco London 2014 surveyor

Help protect London’s trees and woodlands for future generations

Place a value on the benefits London’s trees and woodlands deliver

Get in touch today to find out more!

Report: Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership meeting

Posted by Nick on February 4, 2014 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Lewisham Biodiversity Partners delivered 316 events, engaging 1446 adults & 4964 children in the last quarter

The 3 Rivers Clean Up to celebrate it’s 6th consecutive year engaging and involving residence in the care of our waterways between 21st June and 12th July 2014

Wasp spider pictured in Ladywell & Brockley Cemetery make a colourful addition to the local biodiversity Here

Dawn Chorus Walk Saturday 22nd March @ Horniman Gardens with David Darrell-Lambert

Woodcock seen over Horniman triangle

Brockley: Harmony with Nature- Introduction to Permaculture Course

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on December 16, 2013 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)



Date: January 18th and 25th 2014

Time: 11 till 4pm

Location: St Saviour's Edible Garden, Brockley Rise, London SE23 1JN

Cost: £60/£30 including veggie lunch and refreshments ( further concessions may be available on request).


Led by Permaculture Designers: Ruth Robinson and Mich Thill

Email: [email protected]    Tel: 07766596600



Details: uring this two-day Introduction to Permaculture Design we will explore what Permaculture really is and discover its origins and ethical foundations. In a playful and participatory way we will explore Permaculture principles and design which we can apply in our gardens, our jobs and personal life.

Permaculture Design will allow us to work with, rather than against nature to create resilient communities and sustainable ecosystems. We will explore how Permaculture enables us to create low-maintenance edible gardens that benefit the environment as well as the people and community.


Join Nature's Gym! The New Activity Calender is out.

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on December 13, 2013 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Nature's Gym  is a fabulous  team of Lewisham residents who volunteer their time at Green projects and nature reserves around the Borough. It is led by a really fun and enthusiastic Conservation Officer. Well worth checking out. 
 It's a fantastic way to make new friends and gret a good work out too!" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Natures Gym Activitiy Calender  January to March 2014.

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+

Funding for Wildflower projects.

Posted by Chrissie on November 20, 2013 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Grow Wild UK is a environmental project by Kew Botanical Gardens. They are currently searching for groups which want to transforms neglected  outside spaces into wildflower meadows.

So if you have a space in mind - why not get in touch? 

The London Beekeepers' Association is looking for green spaces in London that might need a polliantor freindly make-over.

Any potential project should be large scale and have permission from the landowner. 

Email details of your site to Angela Woods: [email protected]

Web: The London Beekeepers' Association

Hither Green Crab apple planting: Rain Doesnt Stop Play!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on November 9, 2013 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

They make 'em hardy in South London! Despite a forecast of solid rain all day, intrepid locals came out to plant saplings on in the rain! 

These were wild harvest saplings from The Woodland Trust. We have been working hard to encourage biodiversity on our train station embankment, these new bushes will be carefully managed providing habitats and food for wildlife and a foraging legacy for the area.

With so many people, the planting took just 90 minutes; soaked through and filthy we decamped to a local cafe for tea and sausage sandwiches.

A huge thank you to all the local residents who braved the rain to improve their community.

Thank you also to The Woodland Trust. Do follow the link if you would like your school or community group to plant bushes or trees.





Forest Hill: Albion Millennium Green wood and orchard

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on November 7, 2013 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The Friends of Albion Millennium Green have a workday this coming Saturday 9 November.

Time: 10.30-12.30 


  • Clearing the brambles and buddleia, including roots, from the birch woodland area.
  • Investigating the soil depth at various spots for the planting of bluebells in the spring.
  •  tackle the thicket of nettles and brambles inside the railway path fence to prepare for sowing a shady hedgerow seed mix
  • planting the rest of the Chelsea Flower show plants.

Bring tools and waterproof-ish footwear.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Ann Field, Secretary

Friends of Albion Millennium Green

Entrance off Albion Villas Road MAP

Brockley Nature Reserve (NXGC) This Saturday 10.30pm - 3pm

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on November 6, 2013 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The next volunteer workday at Brockley Nature Reserve (Also known as New Cross Gate Cutting) is this Saturday the 9th of November and the day runs from 10.30am until 3pm.

On the day we will be continue our Autumn tasks of clearing part of our main meadow (as the main meadow is split into 3 parts and we cut different parts of the meadow each year). This will be cutting back the rough grassland, Rosebay Willow Herb, bramble and small saplings within this part of the meadow. We will also be clearing small areas within the other two meadows as well if we have the time. This will all lead towards our winter tasks which will be felling of small trees along the left side of the main meadow.

If you haven't then before you start to volunteer with the Trust or our little local group, you need to fill out a London Wildlife Trust Volunteer Registration Form. You can email it back to me once it is completed or bring it to me on the day. Also please let me know if you would like to be removed from the email list.

All the best and I will see you on the day

Steve Cleall, Volunteer Warden