Devonshire Road Festival in the Forest, July 7 – 1pm-10.30pm

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2018 Festival in the Forest - new Festival in the Forest – Devonshire Road NR

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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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Tile making session at Frendsbury Gardens – 11.30am-2pm

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Image may contain: 2 people, people sitting, table, tree, outdoor, food and indoor Tile making at Frensbury Gardens ©Nadine Hibbert – Friends of Frendsbury Gardens

Join the artist and architect involved in the new building at Frendsbury Gardens this weekend and make your own tiles! No artistic skill of previous experience is necessary. The tiles will be used to cover the roof of the new building which has been designed and the build has just started!

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River Wade with Booking.com

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18 Booking dot com group with rubbish A team from Booking.com with rubbish found in the Quaggy

As part of the 3 Rivers Clean Up a team from Booking.com came to help clean the River Quaggy in Manor Park. By the end they had 10 bags of rubbish, an old typewriter and a chair. Luckily we didn’t find that much Himalayan balsam, but it is still quite early in the year, so another river wade will be due! If you would like to take part in an event, please check out the 3 Rivers Clean Up blog for dates that sessions will be running.

19 Chair and typewriter Lewisham’s new Office!

A big thanks to the team from Booking.com and to all the volunteers that will be joining us over the next 3 weeks. Your help is invaluable and Lewisham’s rivers will be better for you.

19 Chair and typewriter

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Ladywell Society Geology walk

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2018 London Tree & Woodland Awards is now open – deadline for nominations is 18th May 2018

2018 London Tree & Woodland Awards is now open. The list of categories is below – further details on the awards and category criteria can be found on the awards webpage.

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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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