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Sydenham: 'Stepping into Harmony with Nature' an Introduction to Permaculture at Grow Mayow

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on February 11, 2014 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Sat 29 Marcht 11:00- 16:00

Sun 30 Marcht 11:00- 16:00


" During 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 allows 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."


Cost: £60 waged/£30 concs covers both days

Bring lunch to share

Book [email protected]  Tel: 07766596600

Led by Lewisham based Permaculture Designers Ruth Robinson and Ruth Wong

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!

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.

Brockley Rise: Two Day Intro to #Permaculture Gardening Course

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on January 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

It's time to get started on that resolution to grow a few herbs and veg in the garden this yea!

*Brockley Rise: Two Day Intro to #Permaculture Gardening Course

The Venue is the St Saviour's Permaculture Garden run by Brockley gardener Ruth Robinson

Her contact is [email protected]

Contact for the Course is [email protected]

T: 07901 036 220


New Year, New Chicken Pen!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on January 2, 2014 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

We made the most of the bright, clear weather; we worked with residents at St Mungos Homeless Centre in Hither Geeen to improve their chicken pen this afternoon.

Task: 1.  A deep clean of the new chicken pen which they built last Septempber

         2. Laying a deep mulch on the  out new flooring for the birds. 

Residents raked out the thick waste-  mud, droppings and straw  (this was placed on the large compost heap and it will be ready to use in the gardens by the spring). 

Next,  roughly half a tonne of chipped bark was barrowed into the pen.

Very hard work but very worthwhile- it means the seven chickens wont be wandering around on on very wet mud in the cold this winter.

The birds will also be insulated from any ground frosts.

In addition, the 4 inches of bark will enhance the birds' environment, encouraging invertebrates and bugs which will be gobbled up when the chickens scratch about. 

South London Master Gardeners

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on December 16, 2013 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)


Helping communities grow – the impact of Master Gardener volunteers


Hundreds of Garden Organic volunteers have helped tens of thousands of people to benefit from growing food since Garden Organic launched the Master Gardener Programme in April 2010.


In November 2013, Garden Organic won the prestigious national ‘Education and Learning’ award from the BIG Lottery Fund’s Local Food Scheme – a £59.8 million national grant programme.

Training Course: Basic Chainsaw Skills!

Posted by Chrissie on November 20, 2013 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Hither Green Scouts go Green!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on November 16, 2013 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)


Today was such a fun day! 3rd Hither Green beavers, cubs and scouts had a rocking good time planting 300 daffodil bulbs along Hither Green Lane and in the Springbank Road Community Garden.

Together we learned about bulbs and the correct way to plant them. We learned about local wildlife - everyone had seen local foxes and today we discovered where they lived.

We also discovered worms, woodlice and talked about bees, butterflies and birds and why they are so important. There was an *awful lot* of worm naming! :)  We also sowed wildflower seed right next to Hither Green station entrance to make it pretty next year. Next we had a big lunch- with creamy hot chocolate, planted another 100 bulbs and followed that with a HUGE game of hide and seek.


Everyone took home a packet of wildflower seeds to sow at home.

  • Thank you to the beavers, cubs and scouts for their hard work in making their town look beautiful.
  • Thank you to Glenn and Elizabeth- Pack Leaders.
  • Thank you to Cordells deli on the corner of Duncrevie Road. Saints!

 Note for next time- 8 year olds don't appreciate sun dried tomato.

Manor Park-Bridge over the R. Quaggy- Come and have some fun!

Posted by Chrissie on November 14, 2013 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)


Message from the MAnor Park Users Group: Calling all volunteers - come have some fun, and leave a lasting legacy in Manor Park!

MPUG has succesfully funded and commissioned improvements to the new bridge, in Manor Park, to restore easy access to this popular section of the river Quaggy.


Now we need your help to finish the job! We don't need your money, we just want your enthusiasm!

TUESDAY 19th November, 10:00am

Meet on the Bridge over the Quaggy, in Manor Park

THAMES 21 are generously giving their expertise - You are providing the muscle!

We will be regrading the area from the bridge to the river and building steps in order to enable safe easy access to the rivers edge.

No previous experience necessary!


We look forward to seeing you there. No need to book, but if you are planning to come it would be helpful for us to know, so we have a rough idea of numbers.

See you at the waters edge!


[email protected]