Orchard and Grape Vine Pruning Workshop Event at Mountsfield Park Community Garden with James Hazlerigg-Kinlay – 1pm, 18th February 2018


Orchard and Grape Vine Pruning Workshop Event at Mountsfield Park Community Garden with James Hazlerigg-Kinlay  Book here for Eventbrite tickets –
During this gardening skills training workshop local Forest School leader, garden designer and horticulturist James Hazlerigg-Kinlay will demonstrate pruning roses, fruit trees and grape vines. The pruning will be very much a hands-on demonstration outside on a number of roses, young fruit trees and vines in the community garden. Bring your secateurs (sharpened if possible) and you will tackle some pruning so that you can take home some new skills. Tea, coffee and homemade cake will be provided.

All profits will be used to pay for new fruit trees and replacement plants in the community garden.


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Volunteering sessions in Beckenham Place Park

Effect of strong sunlight on the floor of the wood

See this flyer to find out about regular volunteer opportunities in Beckenham Place Park

Regular volunteering flyer

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Have you seen a Hedgehog?

Nature Conservation Lewisham

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The London Wildlife Trust writes….

London Wildlife Trust’s ‘Urban Urchins’ started in August 2017 and is aiming to map the distribution of London’s hedgehog population. This is being achieved through the use of footprint tunnel and camera trap surveys across many of our own reserves, the creation of ‘detective kits’ for the public to use in their own gardens and by asking the public to send us their hedgehog sightings.

We are looking for more parks, nature reserves, allotments and other green spaces who would be willing to put up posters asking the public to record London’s hedgehogs for us. I’ve attached a PDF of the poster, should you wish to distribute any copies. If you could let me know the locations that the posters end up, that would be great.

If you are interested in running some hedgehog surveys in your area, we may be able to offer training…

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Deptford Tree Planting event


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Swifts & Enhancing Urban Biodiversity

Nature Conservation Lewisham

An illustrated talk by Edward Mayer of Swift Conservation

22 February 2018, 19.00 to 21.00 Lewisham Council Chambers – Booking via Eventbrite

This talk should be useful for planners, developers, architects, bird-watchers, nature lovers and anyone with an interest in how we live in our towns and cities

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Swifts are our fastest bird in level flight, and by far the most acrobatic and exciting. They bring amazing aerial displays to even the grimmest city centre.

By encouraging and supporting this bird urban skies can be transformed, and in turn, urban biodiversity and its many benefits promoted. We urgently need to support and enhance urban biodiversity, not just for our own health, but also for the health of the planet.

Edward will show the reasons for the Swift’s decline plus what we can do to save it. Topics covered will include basic biology, habitat and nesting requirements, with examples of easy…

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Sydenham Hill Wood – The appy wanderer: smartphone walking in our cities’ green spaces

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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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