Nature’s Gym at SHP

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Originally posted on Nature Conservation Lewisham:
Measuring up the raised beds with Glendale The Nature’s Gym volunteers spent two weeks at a homeless shelter run by SHP to help them ‘green up’ their garden and make it more wildlife friendly. …

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Written evidence submitted by Blythe Hill Fields for The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee report on public parks


“Written evidence submitted by the Friends of Blythe Hill Fields [PKS 199]

Executive summary

  • The Friends of Blythe Hill Fields believe that support for parks should be a statutory part of local authorities’ duties, and they should be resourced accordingly
  • We survey our park users regularly, and recently they have collectively expressed that they chiefly use our park for physical exercise and for children’s play
  • Wildlife and biodiversity are important to our community, and we know this also through our regular survey
  • We, as a voluntary community group, have good relationships with the local council and their contracted park management company, Glendale, and this tri-partite relationship works well for us in general, although we do also feel the effects of limitations on funding
  • Limited funding is particularly concerning when it affects the health and safety of park users by limiting maintenance of equipment and trees in our park.

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UK parks face threat of decline with severe consequences !

UK public parks closed

11 February 2017

“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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Firecrest at Sydenham Hill Wood Firecrest at Sydenham Hill Woods ©Gavin Horsley (via LWT)

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


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

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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.


Crescent Wood Road gate to Sydenham Hill Wood.,
Sydenham Hill Wood,
Forest Hill/Sydenham Hill,
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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