Groundwork – Our Space Award

Our Space Award

The Our Space Award is a grant scheme that aims to help Londoners green their city through active community engagement and participation. It will support Londoners of all ages and backgrounds, communities and schools in improving community open spaces, making them inclusive places for all to enjoy.

Who do we help?

We help community groups of three or more people who meet regularly. Your group does not have to be formally arranged or constituted, but it does need to put energy and enthusiasm into your project, and your group needs to be based in London. We support improvement projects across all types of open space – in parks, on housing estates, in town centres, in woodlands and in school grounds.

What support is available?

We offer three tiers of grants going from £500 all the way up to £5,000:

    • Small grants of £500 up to £1,000;
    • Standard grants of £1,000 up to £3,000; and
    • Flagship grants of £3,000 to £5,000.

When should my project take place?

We expect to inform applicants to the first round that they have been successful in June, with project activities to be completed in September, when monitoring information will be due.

How to apply

Applications are now open. The deadline for this round is 30 April 2018.

Download the guidance information and application form.
The dates of the second round are yet to be decided, but we anticipate the application window to be open from June to August and project activities to take place from September through to December.

If you have any questions about applying or about the grant scheme, we’re here to help. Please get in touch with Martin Petry: martin.petry@groundwork.org.uk | 020 7239 1292

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Some information about Groundwork’s Our Space Award

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Our Space Award

The Our Space Award is a grant scheme that aims to help Londoners green their city through active community engagement and participation. It will support Londoners of all ages and backgrounds, communities and schools in improving community open spaces, making them inclusive places for all to enjoy.

Who do we help?

We help community groups of three or more people who meet regularly. Your group does not have to be formally arranged or constituted, but it does need to put energy and enthusiasm into your project, and your group needs to be based in London. We support improvement projects across all types of open space – in parks, on housing estates, in town centres, in woodlands and in school grounds.

What support is available?

We offer three tiers of grants going from £500 all the way up to…

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Mayow Park Bat Walk

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Nature’s Gym Programme April-June 2018

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116 3 Rivers Clean Up in Manor Park 2017

Please find attached the new Nature’s Gym programme for April – June 2018. You will notice a couple of changes on this programme and more information about this will follow over the coming months.

You will also see that it that time of year when we get in to the river a lot to clear Himalayan balsam and litter. For those of you that have not been with us for very long or who have not been on a wade before, more information about the 3 Rivers Clean Up can be found on the website. You will also find other events taking place over the 3 weeks that you might be interested in.

Please note that all 3 Rivers Clean Up sessions require booking, even if you are a regular volunteer.

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Hedgehog Discovery Day at Sydenham Hill Wood – Sunday 8 April

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Hedgehog Discovery Day ©London Wildlife Trust Hedgehog Discovery Day

Join the London Wildlife at Sydenham Hill Wood for fun, family friendly activities and learn all about hedgehogs.

Take home a clay hedgehog, tackle the footprint challenge, and see if you can make it to the end of our hedgehog survival game!

Learn more about our hedgehog project, and how you can discover if there are hedgehogs where you live.

Location: The big clearing along the Green Chain Walk/old railway path, Sydenham Hill Wood
Date: Sunday 8th April
Time: 11am-3pm

This is a free event as part of London Wildlife Trust’s Urban Urchins project.

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New “Parks For London” Report

Lewisham is one of the top scoring boroughs in the recent Parks For London publication. Take a look;

Good Parks For London 2017

 

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Health Walks in Lewisham

 “Get up, Get out, Get walking!”

Lewisham Health Walk

“Lewisham Health Walks are led by trained volunteer walk leaders. The walks are 30-60 minutes long. We end with a cup of tea where possible.

Health walking is really easy. You do a 5-minute stroll to warm up, at least 20 minutes at a brisk pace and a 5-minute stroll to cool down.  A ‘brisk pace’ will be different for everybody. Walk so you feel a little warmer, breathe a bit heavier and your heart is pumping a bit faster. you need to be able to have a chat and not be too out of breath.

Go at a pace that is right for you – the walks are suitable for people of all abilities. Come when you are able to.

What to expect –

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A Curious Entomologist Training – Create a Bug Collection – techniques for the study, collection and identification of insects at Devonshre Road Nature Reserve SE23

How to be a curious entomologist by Richard Jones – Saturday 22nd July at Devonshire Road Nature Reserve.

contact:  nick.pond@lewisham.gov.uk

Insects are everywhere. They are so many, and so varied — fascinating, beautiful, mysterious, bizarre. Through their mind-boggling biodiversity they offer us a window into the ecological complexity of life on Earth, and give us a powerful insight of the workings of the natural world. But their small size means they can easily be overlooked or ignored. However it doesn’t take much specialist equipment to have a closer look.

Using simple methods and materials provided, this 1-day workshop will look at techniques to find and observe a wide variety of different insects, then how to preserve sample specimens for examination under the microscope.

In the morning, we’ll tour the reserve, finding and discussing the many different insect groups — looking at their structure, behaviour, life histories, and some easy identification pointers. In the afternoon, during the laboratory session, there will be the opportunity to look at some in more detail, and consider how studying insects can contribute to our understanding of nature, and the contribution it can make through citizen science.

Curious? Why curious? Entomologists might, at first, seem a bit eccentric, but they pursue their study of the natural world with a passion fuelled by curiosity.

Richard Jones is an acclaimed expert entomologist, a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and a former President of the British Entomological and Natural History Society. He writes regularly for BBC Wildlife, Countryfile, Gardeners’ World and Sunday Times. He has written several books on insects, including Extreme Insects, The Little Book of Nits, House Guests — House Pests, and Call of Nature — The Secret Life of Dung.

  • 86% of participants of this course in 2016 evaluated it as excellent & 14% as good
  • 76% said it was excellent value for money and 24% said they would have happily paid more than £35 for the experience.
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Grand Peckham fungal foray – Saturday 5 November, 11am – 2pm

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Trooping funnel (D. Greenwood/London Wildlife Trust) Trooping funnel mushrooms

A long-distance walk led by fungi expert David Warwick through a variety of historic Southwark green spaces and nature reserves

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Join the London Wildlife Trust and local fungi expert David Warwick for an exploration of fungi found in some of Southwark’s most well loved green spaces.

The walk will begin at Nunhead Cemetery, then moving onto One Tree Hill, Peckham Rye Park and finishing up at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening on Marsden Road where we will examine the specimens discovered during the walk.

This is not a culinary foraging walk but a way to learn more about the ecology of urban fungi. David is an expert in London’s fungi and will be able to educate attendees on the impacts of foraging in London’s green spaces.

This is a free walk but donations are welcome.

Sorry but this walk is not suitable for dogs.

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Glendale Warning About Bogus South London Company Trading as ‘Glendale Tree Services’

Glendale servicestree-felling-scammers

“It has come to our attention that an organisation called Glendale Tree Services is currently operating in the London area (in particular around Lewisham) and adopting quite unscrupulous business practices. Continue reading

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Mayow Park Bat Walk

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London Borough Bans Glyphosate in Parks

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The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham is the first council in London to halt the use of potentially harmful sprays in parks and open spaces and is pioneering trials of chemical-free weedkillers. More:

http://www.hortweek.com/london-council-bans-contractor-use-glyphosate-parks/parks-and-gardens/article/1398373

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The Horrifying Truth About Hedgehogs – Hedgehog numbers halved since millennium

The Horrifying Truth About Hedgehogs
Hedgehog numbers halved since millennium

There are lots of ways to help our hedgehogs (Photo: northeastwildlife.co.uk)
Hedgehogs, Erinaceus europaeus, are a woodland edge species that also make use of hedgerows and suburban gardens. The State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2018 report, from People’s Trust for Endangered Species and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, says Britain has lost half its hedgehogs in less than two decades. The main causes are habitat loss and lack of landscape-scale connectivity.

Woodland edge and hedgerow destruction and poor management are major contributing factors in hedgehog decline, causing habitat loss and reducing macroinvertebrates available for food. The use of pesticides on farmland and garden plots can have detrimental impacts on hedgehogs and their food supply. In urban areas the use of impermeable fencing, loss of compost heaps and increasing development are other major issues.
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Free Events coming up at Forster Memorial Park

Free Events at Forster Memorial Park

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There’s lots happening at Forster park over the next few weeks, just in time for Spring and all the joy it brings. Come and get involved!

Tales of WildWood
A journey in to the history, folklore and ecology of English Woodlands
This Sunday  (25th February 2018) 11.00am – 12pm
Meet at the top Whitefoot Lane entrance.
• Free event
• All ages groups and abilities welcome
• Plan will be to keep to the main paths as much as possible

Weekly Walks
Taking place every Tuesday, meet at 10.30am at Goldsmiths Communtiy Centre on Castillion Road.
The walk is free and will take you to, and around Forster Park.
Call or text Sara on 07927 372 800 for more info.

Nature Trail
Join us on Saturday 10 March between 1 and 3pm for a free nature trail, with crafts and a storyteller.
Funded by Phoenix’s Community Links, it’s all free and fun for all…

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