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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

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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

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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.

Lewisham: St Mary's Church- garden renovation

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on October 28, 2013 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

St Mary the Virgin is the parish church Lewisham and has been situated on the ancient Kent to London road for over a thousand years. Most of the current edifice including the clock tower dates back to the 17th century. - See more at:!/journal_entry/21344/

My connection to the church goes back two decades to Sunday School! I took along jasmines, a virginia creeper, statuesque verbenas, a climbing rose and lots of shade tolerant evergreen and flowering shrubs. Sadly it didn't even make a dent on my groaning cold frame! 

We were joined by a friend and fellow community gardener who turned up with a rake strapped to her bicycle! Love it! Together we put in the
new plants in, divided up congested beds and moved scores of plants.

The real business of the day came later- the planting of a memorial tree and bed. Cecilia, a much loved and long time member of the St Mary's congregation died unexpectedly. While the churchyard has been closed to burials since the 1850s, worshippers can on application to the Priest request to plant a tree in memory of a loved one.

St Mary's Churchyard, Lewisham

Posted by Nick on July 3, 2013 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)


There has been a St Mary's Church in the centre of Lewisham for a thousand years. Most of the current building dates back to the 18 century, though the tower is even older. 

Here is your chance for this generation to make its mark on the ancient and historic churchyard. 






The footpath from Ladywell Road to Lewisham High Street  cuts through what was the 'Churchyard Meadow' which is made up of  lawns and mature trees. The team at the Church are inviting the local community to bring along a shrub or climber fro their own  gardens to plant along the perimeter of the churchyard.

Dates of the event are still to be arranged.


Ladywell Fields User Group will be planting heritage Fruit Tree varieties w @LondonOrchard DEC 9 from 10.30am

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on December 4, 2012 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Volunteers wanted at the Iona Orchard, Ladywell SE4!


The last of three sessions run by the London Orchard Project will take place this Sunday, 10.30am-15.30pm.  

Robert Sheppard, Secretary of The Ladywell Fields User Group will be heading up the volunteer group planting out several heritage varieties of fruit tree at the new Iona Orchard. This overgrown Ladywell orchard was renovated and repllanted in 2011 with the help of the London Orchard Project. 

Read more about the begnnings of the Iona Orchard Project

If you plan to go along and support the group, please email [email protected]  Wrap up warm and meet new people! 

Composting Workshops: Ladywell, Forest Hill, Downham

Posted by Nick on May 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

News from Stella Agunabor, Service Development Manager at Lewisham.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Kristina Binns.

Booking is essential. 

To book, please email: [email protected]

 (title the email ‘compost workshop’, state which date, session time and how many people will attend.)

 Alternatively call 020 8314 2145 to leave a detailed message, stating which date, session time and how many people will attend.


New Compost Workshops, 2012

June Courses

 Wed 13th June, 2012

Meet at the security office, Wearside Depot, Wearside Road, SE13 7EZ

Meet at 6.30pm for a prompt 6.40pm start

Session: 6.40pm – 7.50pm


September Courses

Saturday 01 Sept

Devonshire Road Nature Reserve, Forest Hill, SE23. (The site entrance is opposite Tyson Road)

Session: 9.30am - 10.45am or

Session:  11am - 12.15pm

Monday 03 Sept

Dacres Wood, Dacres Rd, Forest Hill, SE23 2NZ (The site entrance is adjacent to Homefield House)

Session: 11am -12.15pm


Wednesday 05 Sept

Downham Library within the Downham Health and Leisure Centre,

7-9 Moorside Road, BR1 5EP

Session: 5pm - 6.15pm or

Session: 7pm - 8.15pm

Thursday 06 Sept

Downham Library (as above)

Session: 11am - 12.15pm or

Session: 1pm - 2.15pm

Ladywell: Messing About in the River!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on April 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (2)

River Dipping by Alice Harvey(

Fishing the river in Ladywell Fields. Photo (c) Creekside_Trust, Deptford.

Armed with wellies, and several changes of clothes, our group of four children- aged from 2 to 4½ years old and two grown-ups (aged slightly more), set off to try river dipping in deepest, urban Lewisham.

The event, one of several organised by the Rivers & People Programme, was a chance to get right into the river (waders and all equipment provided!) and look for some of the diverse and fascinating inhabitants of the River Ravensbourne

Photo (c) Creekside_Trust, Deptford.

Who's a blue-eyed boy? Sticklebacks from y esterday -  Pregnant Stone Loach at bottom.

Sticklebacks from y esterday - who's a blue-eyed boy? Pregnant Stone Loach at bottom. With the assistance of the two guides, some very knowledgeable children, and nets we found shrimps, mayflies, sticklebacks, stone loaches and not a single shopping trolley!

We all had a fantastic afternoon, and can’t wait to go again. Nature deficit disorder? Not in Lewisham!

For future events check: Nature Conservation Lewisham- Rivers & people

Ladywell Clean up with Thames 21

Posted by Chrissie on March 15, 2012 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Join Thames 21 for a clean up in Ladywell Fields, Lewisham. They will be meeting by the cafe in the northern field, near Ladywell Train Station. For more information, please contact Vic Richardson. For more events on the River Pool, please check out the Rivers and People page on the blog. Is anyone up for this?