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- LATEST – Nature’s Gym is back! June 9, 2021It has been a long time since Nature's Gym has been able to function normally, but we are pleased to announce that from July 2021, we will be back to full strength! If you are new to volunteering with us please email Jess who would be happy to send you all the relevant details. This will include information about how to join and the current programme. I […]Jess kyle
- LATEST – Thames 21 – Ravensbourne Eel project events June 7, 2021Thames 21 eel eventsJess kyle
- Latest – A dose of nature in Beckenham Place Park May 24, 2021A dose of nature in Beckenham Place Park - Video of Beckenham Place Park’s Community Engagement Officer Lucy Mitchell speaking to Horticultural Therapist Michelle Brandon about her project for the Urban Tree Festival BPP programme 2021. The video includesJess kyle
- LATEST – Events at the Creekside Discover Centre May 24, 2021Check out these latest events at the Creekside Discovery Centre - BOOKING ESSENTIALJess kyle
- Wade in the water! May 20, 2021Do something amazing for the River Ravensbourne and volunteer for a river clean up in Beckenham Place Park on Sunday 30 May 11am – 1pm. All kit provided, just bring enthusiasm! Suitable for everyone aged 15 or over. Booking essential as numbers limited: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beckenham-place-park-river-clean-up-with-the-healthy-rivers-project-tickets […]Jess kyle
- Latest – Lewisham Parks and Open Spaces Survey May 19, 2021Glendale have released a Lewisham parks and Open Spaces survey. Please fill this in and let them know what you think about your local park! There are not too many questions and so it shouldn't take too long. You can also fill it out more than once if you would like to comment on more than one park.Jess kyle
- 2021 Urban Tree Festival May 18, 2021The Urban Tree Festival writes 2021 marks the Urban Tree Festival’s fourth year As lockdown eases in the UK, we hope to bring some on-the-ground events and activities, however, the majority of the Urban Tree Festival is online. Building on the success of our entirely on-line festival last year, that introduced us to new audiences … Continue reading 2021 Urb […]Jess kyle
- Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership minutes and outputs May 4, 2021The first quarter of the year was a rather quiet one for the Partnership given Covid restrictions but activities have slowly started to return. Please find attached the BARs summary sheet and the wildlife records for the quarter along with the minutes of the meeting on 20th April. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments on any of these and p […]Jess kyle
- London Wildlife Trust Butterfly Survey 2021 April 28, 2021The London Wildlife Trust writes... Understanding where butterflies are found in London and how abundant they are helps us better understand the issues they face and what solutions we can provide. In the UK many species of butterfly are in decline, but in London things are looking more hopeful with numbers of some butterfly species actually increasing.Jess kyle
- Volunteer Recognition Day April 20, 2021We appreciate and we are thankful for all the wonderful work our volunteers do, every day, but we couldn't let this day go unrecognised! THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU FOR ALL THE FANTASITC WORK YOU DO! Lewisham's Parks and Open Spaces are all the better for the work you carry out and it is appreciated. Cheers to each and every one of you!Jess kyle
- LATEST – Nature’s Gym is back! June 9, 2021
National Meadows Day 6th July
It’s national meadows day and I thought this would be a good point to write something about them.
Meadows – the word is deep within our collective memory – it crops up on branded packaging for fake supermarket farms, decaying council estates from the 50s, and even beyond these shores. Meadow Lane is the location where some of the darkest action in the classic David Lynch neo-noir Blue Velvet take place. It’s the one place you did not want to end up.
The word is old – from the proto-germanic medwo – “land covered in grass which is grown for hay”, though interestingly while we follow that root, in German the word is now Wiese. I suspect that grass is used here to describe a sward composed of grasses and other wildflowers, because it would never have just been grass let alone one kind of grass. A typical wildflower meadow…
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Information and links from the Parks Community UK website about which legal structure should you choose for your group? What should happen at your AGM? What is the role of the chair? Find out here.
A sample constitution for a new friends group.
This is a sample constitution for an small friends group.
Find out how to organise and run your AGM.
This is a sample set of minutes for a groups committee meeting.
The chair or chairperson is a key role on any voluntary management committee.
Each management committee will have its own way of doing things and the way in which work is shared out can depend on the skills, interests or amounts of time that a person has to offer.
The treasurer works closely with the management committee to safeguard the organisation’s finances, with a watchdog role over all aspects of financial management.
An example of a constitution for a Friend’s forum.”
These photos show just some of the many trees at Mountsfield Park and other Lewisham parks that are dead or dying due to strimmer and mower damage by Lewisham Council and their parks and open spaces contractors. The Lewisham Council parks managers instruct their landscape contractors to keep grass short right up to the base of each tree for a tidy appearance and because it is currently part of the Lewisham Glendale contract specification. Unfortunately the Lewisham parks and open spaces contractor does not have sufficient capacity or resources to achieve a short grass sward next to trees without harming them. The strimmer and mower damage can cause a tree to die quickly or slowly. External funding is sought by volunteers for replacement tree planting eg London Tree and Woodland Awards. The future of newly planted trees in Lewisham’s Parks and open spaces is uncertain if Lewisham Council…
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Communities to have a greater say in protecting trees, Government consultation for better protection of UK trees. Deadline 28 Feb 2019