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Bridgehouse Meadows Bridgehouse Meadows is a small site tucked away near John Williams Close. It may not look like much but it does have lots of interesting flora and fauna on site.  The Nature’s…

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New Nature’s Gym Programme now available

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The April-June 2017 Nature’s programme is now available.  There are plenty of exciting projects over the next few months, including the 3 Rivers Clean Up.  As always, booking is essential for these sessions. If you are new to Nature’s Gym, take a look through our FAQ and How to Get Involved pages for more information.  If there is anything that you are still unsure of, please feel free to email us any questions.

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UK parks face threat of decline with severe consequences !

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“The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee report on public parks warns that parks are at a tipping point and face a period of decline with potentially severe consequences unless their vital contribution to areas such as public health, community integration and climate change mitigation is recognised.

 

Councils should publish strategic plans

The Public parks report highlights considerable challenges for the sector including reduced council spending, with parks management budgets cut by up to 97 per cent, the need for parks to compete with other services for funding, and planning policy not giving them enough weight, particularly as a result of pressures to increase housing supply.

The Committee call on councils to publish strategic plans, which recognise the value of parks beyond leisure and recreation and set out how they will be managed to maximise their contribution to wider local authority agendas, such as promoting healthy lifestyles, tackling social exclusion and managing flood risk. It is hoped these plans will open up parks to support and funding beyond their usual budgets and service areas.

The Government should issue guidance to councils to work with Health and Wellbeing Boards and other relevant bodies to publish these joint plans and consider making producing such a strategy a legal requirement if the guidance proves ineffective, the report adds.

Parks make vital contributions to physical and mental health

Clive Betts MP, Chair of the Committee, said:

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Winter bird walk at Sydenham Hill Wood – 12 February 9am-12.30pm

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Guided walk in Sydenham Hill Wood to find winter birds

Love London’s woodland birds this Valentine’s Day!

Join London Wildlife Trust for a guided walk to discover the range of birds present in Sydenham Hill Wood

Winter sees the return of the iconic firecrest, redwing, fieldfare, siskin and an influx of robin, goldfinch and chaffinch. It’s also a great time to see birds because the trees are bar. Sydenham Hill Wood supports a stunning array of breeding birds in the summer months, but winter is the best time to look for harder to spot birds like the nuthatch, tree creeper, and to spot flocks of redwing

This is a free walk, a minimum donation of £2 towards our work is recommend

Location:

Inside the Crescent Wood Road gate,
Sydenham Hill Wood & Cox’s Walk,
Dulwich,
London

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London Wildlife Trust – Nature Detectives 14 February 11am-4pm

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Join us for this fun family day in the wood. We will be looking for tracks and signs to find out what lives in the wood. We’ll be making plaster casts, following trails and looking for clues. Booking essential.

A free fun course for parents and children together.  We’ll be playing games and searching for wildlife clues in the woodland using sight, sound and smell.  Sorry no nannies or childminders.

Location:

Crescent Wood Road gate to Sydenham Hill Wood.,
Sydenham Hill Wood,
Forest Hill/Sydenham Hill,
London,
SE26 6SA

When: 14 February 11am-4pm
Booking: Please book by emailing Diana Wallace
More info: London Wildlife Trust website

 

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Well done Rivers & People volunteers for clearing out the pond at Chinbrook Meadows

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Tree planting at Beckenham Place Park

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ParkRun at Beckenham Place Park Saturday 9am, 21 January start, near the Ravensbourne Avenue entrance

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“Upcoming events:

  • 21 January, 9am: Parkrun (weather permitting). The run starts at the south east corner of the park (near the Ravensbourne Avenue entrance).
  • 4 and 25 February, 10am: woodland tree planting. Meet at the Mansion House steps. Wear warm clothes, gloves you’re happy to get muddy, and sturdy boots. If you have an appropriate spade/big garden fork, please bring it along.

According to BBC Weather, the outlook for this weekend is sunny and cold. Perfect for wrapping up warm and spending some time exploring and enjoying our largest park. The café at the Mansion House will be open so you can enjoy a hot drink.

Take a photo and enter our £200 prize draw

While you’re at Beckenham Place Park, why not whip out
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Lewisham GoodGym Starter Session 28 January 2017

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Raise Money for your green space project!

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TCV are looking for a VO for Lewisham Green Gym

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Winter tree ID at Sydenham Hill Wood – Sunday 22 January, 1.30pm-3.30pm

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A London Wildlife Trust guided walk at Sydenham Hill Wood identifying winter trees

Join London Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers for a guided tour of Sydenham Hill Wood’s winter trees

Sydenham Hill Wood is part of the Great North Wood, a network of woods and commons that once stretched from Deptford to Selhurst. The Wood is part ancient and is recovering as a nature reserve after the damage done by Victorian development in the mid-late 1800s. Sessile oak and hornbeam are the Wood’s principle species that tell a story of London’s natural history but also it’s development as a city

London’s woods fuelled its early development and today are cherished for their role in providing habitat for wildlife and peaceful refuge for visitors, whilst purifying the air, storing carbon and containing rainwater

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New Cross Gate Cutting Workdays

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The London Wildlife Trust will be running a couple of practical volunteers sessions at their Vesta Road site.  If you are interested in getting involved, please contact, Sam Bentley-Toon to book your place.

Dates:

Saturday 21st January 11am-3.30pm
Saturday 18th February 11am-3.30pm

Location:

New Cross Gate Cutting,
Vesta Road Entrance,
London,
SE4 2NR

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Lewisham Nature’s Gym Programme for January -March 2017

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The Nature’s Gym Programme for January -March 2017 is now available.  There are a couple of new sites to whet you appetite and some great projects where we will be working in partnership with other local organisations.

If you are new to Nature’s Gym, please check out our FAQ and Nature’s Gym pages where hopefully you will find all the information that you need.  If after reading this you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us.  You can also read a little about the team that you’ll be working with.

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Lewisham Yulecross in Beckenham Place Park – 27 December 10am to 1pm

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Beckenham Place Park, 27 December 10am to 1pm

 “Try out cyclocross in SE London’s largest heritage park.
Gear up after your Christmas celebrations by cycling in the beautiful surroundings of Beckenham Place Park.   Entrance: Beckenham Hill Station   Advance entry online at www.britishcycling.org.uk

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Lewisham Council Proposals for Refurbishment of Beckenham Place Park

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Beckenham Place Park Masterplan

Find out more about Lewisham Council’s proposals and  planning applications at Beckenham Place Park

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Free bulbs for Green Flag Community Award winners

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The Metropolitan Public Garden Association is offering free bulbs to Green Flag Community Award winners.  If you are a winner and this interests you, please complete the application form and email to the MPGA.

The MPGA say;

‘We’re pleased to confirm that together with our partners Taylors bulbs of Spalding, we are able to offer for the fifth successive year, packages of approximately 900 high quality bulbs, completely free of charge, including delivery.

The offer is site specific and applicants must clearly state on the application form the name of the site or park where the bulbs will be planted.  As we are supplied with a limited number of bulbs from Taylors, unfortunately not all applicants will be successful. Those who are will be advised quickly and the bulbs, which are subject to availability, will be dispatched from the week commencing 28 November and must be planted…

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Award-winning restaurant at Sydenham Wells Park attacked for second time

An award-winning Sydenham restaurant has reportedly been vandalised for the second time in two days. La Petite Bouchee won a Time Out magazine Love London award naming it the best restaurant in the area on Monday. Continue reading
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“Let’s work together, be ambitious and get some new pitches in Lewisham…”

Cllr James Walsh Rushey Green Ward "Let's work together, be ambitious and get some new pitches in Lewisham..."

Cllr James Walsh Rushey Green Ward “Let’s work together, be ambitious and get some new pitches in Lewisham…”

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Grand Peckham fungal foray – Saturday 5 November, 11am – 2pm

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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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Free half term activity – Make your own Bird Feeder to take away!

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Join Nature’s Gym and ChART to make your own bird feeder to take away.  It is of course important to feed birds all year round, but it is especially important in winter when their food is not so easy to come by.  Birds require high energy (high fat) foods during the cold winter weather to maintain their fat reserves to survive the frosty nights which is why we will be using bird seed and peanut butter.

Be prepared to get a little bit mucky, so it might be best to wear clothes you don’t mind getting covered in peanut butter and nuts!

The RSPB website will provide you with a lot more information about how you can help birds and attract them to your garden.

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

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“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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Dig It – Volunteer Gardening Sessions at Frendsbury

Dig It volunteer gardening at Frendsbury Gardens – Wednesdays 2-4pm

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The Friends of Frendsbury Gardens need your help!  Why not join them at one of their regular Wednesday ‘Dig It’ sessions.

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National Parks Petition and Surveys

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Please complete this national park petition and surveys:

  1. National petition and survey
  2. http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/HO3PU/
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October-December 2016 Nature’s Gym programme now available

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Please find attached the Nature’s Gym programme for October-December 2016.  There are a couple of site scheduled that we’ve not been to for ages which will therefore probably be new to a lot of you!  Due to the number of projects that we have been asked to carry out, there are quite a few different sites this time and so we’ve not been able to stick to the fewer sites idea that we have discussed. Even so, we hope that you will all find something to enjoy!

The last session of the year will be on Saturday 10th December, the exact location and event will be confirmed nearer the time.  We will return from the Christmas break on Thursday 12th January.

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Mayow Park Bat Walk

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Devonshire Road Open Day 11 September 2016

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Vote for the People’s Choice Award Green Flag Park!

It is time to vote for your favourite Green Flag awarded park, for the ‘Peoples Choice Award’

Please see link which will direct you to information on how to vote:-

http://greenflagaward.org/news/2016/08/it%E2%80%99s-time-to-pick-the-nation%E2%80%99s-ten-favourite-parks/
Please pass this on to all park users and lets get voting!
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Future of Parks Government Inquiry 

The Communities and Local Government Committee launches an inquiry into public parks to examine the impact of reduced local authority budgets on these open spaces and consider concerns that their existence is under threat.

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/communities-and-local-government-committee/news-parliament-2015/public-parks-launch-16-17/

Submit a written submission to the Inquiry 

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Bug day at Sydenham Hill Wood – Thursday 21 July, 11am-3pm

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A family-friendly day to celebrate the amazing invertebrates that are so vital to our world

Join the London Wildlife Trust to celebrate the weird and wonderful insects that are so important to Sydenham Hill Wood and the ecosystems we depend on for survival.

They’ll be leading pond dipping sessions to discover the wild world underneath the surface of the Dewy Pond, searching for beetles and creepy crawlies under logs, and identifying butterflies and bees in the Wood’s sunny glades.

Event Location

Sydenham Hill Wood and Cox’s Walk,
Southwark,
SE26 6LS

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People’s Day at Mountsfield Park Saturday 9 July 2016 from Midday

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Light, shade and reflections on the Ravensbourne in #Ladywell

“Light, shade and reflections on the Ravensbourne in #Ladywell”

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See the Latest Council Proposals for Beckenham Place Park at Lewisham People’s Day 9 July 2016

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See the latest Council proposals for Beckenham Place Park at Lewisham Peoples Day,  9 July 2016 at Mountsfield Park SE6 1AN

More:
http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/events/Pages/Event-info.aspx?eventid=8072&recurrenceid=09%2f07%2f2016%2001%3a00%3a00

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London Wildlife Trust Wild Talent Traineeship

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London Wildlife Trust Wild Talent Traineeship Work-based Diploma Level 2 Environmental Conservation Specification and course outline Protecting London’s wildlife for the future The London Wildlife Trust is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales no. 1600379 and registered charity no. 283895. Course Wild Talent Level 2 Work-based Diploma in Environmental Conservation Places Six Dates 5 September 2016 – Fri 11 August 2017 Hours Full-time, five days a week. 9.30am – 5.30pm including one hour for lunch; occasional weekends. Trainees must be prepared to work flexibly – in winter earlier starts are often required. wild-talent-kristy-website-banner_0Location Our nature reserves in South, North, West and East London Bursary £13,200 per year tax-free, paid in monthly installments to trainees Holidays Christmas: 16/12/16 to 3/1/17 Easter: 17/4/17 to 21/4/17 Summer: 11/8/17 to 31/8/17 Supervisor Wild Talent Conservation Training Coordinator Closing date Friday 24th June 2016 at 6.00pm. Applicants must complete and return an application form. Completing an equal opportunities form is optional. Interview Interview and practical assessment days will be held between 18th – 20th July. More information:

http://www.wildlondon.org.uk/sites/default/files/wildtalent_trainee_specification_16_17.pdf

 

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Lewisham DWP help out with the 3 Rivers Clean UP

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Wading in the Ravensbourne A merry bunch of eager volunteers from the Lewisham branch of DWP came out on a wade today as part of the 3 Rivers Clean Up.  16 of us waded from Ladywell…

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Bat walk, Nunhead Cemetery – Friday 24 June 2016, 11pm

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Guided bat walk using bat detectors in Nunhead Cemetery led by London Wildlife Trust

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Join London Wildlife Trust and the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery for a guided bat walk in this stunning Victorian Cemetery.

Nunhead Cemetery is a Local Nature Reserve with a mixture of secondary woodland of sycamore, ash and naturalised tree species. Managed by the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery in partnership with Southwark Council, the Cemetery is protected as a wildlife haven on the cusp of London.

Using bat detectors to pick up the inaudible calls of bats like common and soprano pipistrelle, Leisler and noctule, we will aim to uncover the nocturnal wildlife of this urban woodland. Bats use sonar or echolocation to navigate through the darkness to hunt moths and other invertebrates. There are a number of misconceptions and myths surrounding bats which we hope to be able to dispel…

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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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Manor House Gardens Festival 18 June

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Blythe Hill Festival 2 July 2016

 

 

 

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Lewisham Parks Litter Problem

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Saturday 18th June Wide Horizons Summer Solstice Nightline Walk Challenge

Summer Solstice Nightline Challenge –  “On Saturday 18th June join over 100 local people to walk from Eltham to Kent under a Solstice night sky to help young children from across the surrounding area experience life changing adventures that helps change their lives. Continue reading

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BIG Lunch 12th June

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Chinbrook Meadows is holding a BIG Lunch. Any other Lewisham Parks taking part?

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Nature’s Gym location change 12th May 2016

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Nature’s Gym will now be at Albion Millennium Green on 12th May 2016.  We will be helping the Friends with the regular programme of activities.

Location: Albion Millennium Green, Albion Villas Road, SE23 3UH

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Work day at Chinbrook Meadows

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Glendale Lewisham Comments, Complaints and Compliments Policy

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Glendale Lewisham manage and maintain Lewisham’s parks and other open spaces on behalf of Lewisham Council.  The Glendale Lewisham feedback and complaints process:

“Glendale Lewisham Comments, Complaints and Compliments Policy

How to Contact :

  • Telephone our contact centre on 020 8318 3986
  • Write to our contact centre at The Lodge, Mountsfield Park, Stainton Road, Catford, SE6 1AN

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Bluebells at Beckenham Place Park!

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Ladywell Fields River Cleanup Sunday 24 April 10am – 1pm

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Spring walk at Dog Kennel Hill Wood and Green Dale – Sunday 24 April, 10.30am-12.30pm

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Discover London’s urban wildlife during a walk at two very special and lesser-known green spaces

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Join us for a guided walk of this these fantastic urban wild places in conjunction with the Friends of Dog Kennel Hill Wood and Friends of Green Dale.

These much-loved urban green spaces support a wide variety of wildlife: house sparrow, green and great spotted woodpeckers, wren, robin, song thrush, blackcap and chiffchaff amongst others, as well as an array of butterflies, bumblebees and wildflowers.

Event Location

Picnic bench next to Friends of Dog Kennel Hill Wood noticeboard.
Dog Kennel Hill Wood & Open Space
East Dulwich,
Greater London

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Beckenham Place Park Improvements Lewisham Council Consultation

More consultation and  information about Lewisham Council’s lottery bid to redesign Beckenham Place Park

Beckenham Place Park Proposed Masterplan

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Glyphosate Weedkiller Backed by European Parliament, but not for Parks!

Glyphosate should not be approved for use in or close to public parks, public playgrounds and public gardens, say MEPs, as they recommend glyphosate registration for a further seven years! Source Hortweek Continue reading

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Community Engagement Officer Post at Beckenham Place Park

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Be at the heart of transforming Beckenham Place Park

Could you be at the heart of transforming Beckenham Place Park?  A new job is going for a Community Engagement Officer.  More details can be found on the London Borough Lewisham website.

The role

The planned regeneration will physical transform the park, injecting much needed investment and providing a wealth of new facilities. The Community Engagement Officer’s role is to ensure the open space becomes a thriving hub for a wide range of activities, community events and volunteering opportunities.

This role is temporary until December 2021.

What they’re looking for

An enthusiastic individual who is passionate about getting communities outdoors, and can relate easily to people of all ages and from all walks of life. You will also need to be organised, adept at using social media, and able to manage small scale finances effectively.

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New Cross Gate Cuttings volunteer days with The London Wildlife Trust

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A great way to get involved with the London Wildlife Trust in Lewisham is to become a conservation volunteer to make a real difference for wildlife in your local area, learn new skills and to gain a deeper understanding of woodland ecology. They have monthly conservation workdays at New Cross Gate Cutting on the following dates:

  • Saturday 27th May
  • Saturday 17th June
  • Saturday 22nd July
  • Saturday 19th August
  • Saturday 23rd September

For more information or to book a place on a workday please email Sam Bentley-Toon

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A message from the Friends of Brockley & Ladywell Cemteries

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BROCKLEY AND LADYWELL CEMETERIES OPEN DAY –  9th JULY

The Friends of Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries (FoBLC) is this year celebrating the 10th anniversary of its formation.  Over the last few years FoBLC has held an Open Day within the cemetery to promote this beautiful, peaceful and historic Victorian landscape – leading tours of the cemetery, mounting an exhibition giving information on the history of the cemetery, its memorials, famous persons interred there, current and future conservation work, its flora and fauna. We also sell refreshments and publications. The aim is to enable visitors to gain an insight into the history of the cemetery, discover its beauty and its importance to the Brockley and Ladywell environs.

This year, in conjunction with Lewisham Borough Council, we are planning to hold a larger and more widely publicised event on Sunday 9th July (from 11 am to 4.30 pm) and we would…

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Summer picnic and Bioblitz

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Frog Day at Devonshire Road 23 April 2017

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