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 All events are free and open to members and non-members alike. Donations always welcome.

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NEWSLETTER October 2016 pdf format

Events 2016.

See Lewisham Parks  Forum page for events in other parks   and other events can be found on the Green Chain Walk website

Next Friends Walks and Events..... 

All events are free and open to members and non-members alike. Donations always welcome. Minors must be accompanied by an adult parent/carer. Unless otherwise stated the events start from the front of the mansion/car park.

Sunday 4th December      Christmas Event  

At the mansion  1 -  4.30     see this flier

Wednesday 7 December    MINCE PIE WALK

Meet on  mansion portico 1.30pm. This is a bit of a tradition now. Come for a short or long walk depending on the weather and have a mince pie, soft drink and some chocolate when we stop for a sit down. All welcome.

Saturday 28th January 2017      BIRD WATCH

Meet at Mansion portico 9.30am   Walk led by Dave Dasilva, an experienced ornithologist who knows the park and its feathered residents well.


SENSORY GARDEN WORKDAYS (sessions last about 2 hours)

Dates 2nd Saturday of the month, 8 October, 12 November, 10 December. Meet 10.00am either at the mansion or go straight to the Sensory Garden.  There will be work to suit everyone.   Call/email for date of any second session, contacts below.


Sensory Garden   

The Sensory Garden is open and in use by park visitors.   The changing seasons will be reflected by the type of plants growing, in flower or seeding.   Friends volunteers are continuing to maintain the garden and plant new plants when necessary and suitable. The park gardeners also carry out work in the garden. Regretably someone occasionally steals plants which volunteers have planted for the enjoyment of all park users.
If you want to join the volunteers just turn up on the dates and times above or contact us for more details. Even if you don't know anything about gardening this is a good place to start with the help of other volunteers.


Workdays in spring and summer months  will take place in the Sensory Garden. Please contact us if you are interested in taking part. Work will involve various gardening tasks, planting, weeding, general tidying up.

Other conservation work is done during winter months when plants and animals are mostly dormant. Only light work is carried out, no tree felling and we usually only work for a couple of hours. Gloves, tools and instruction provided.  The work we do is light  pruning / coppicing.  Rhododendron  control,  Holly control,  bramble  control, Litter Picks. It's surprising how much work  a few people can do in  a short time.


Children welcome but must be accompanied by a carer. Dogs are welcome if kept under control. Members and non-members welcome to all events. If uncertain about time/place, contact details are on the contacts page.
Where appropriate we talk about environment, flora, fauna, conservation, history, geology and attempt to answer any questions.  See our current and previous newsletters via the links or available from the Visitor Centre, mailed quarterly to members.  Full newsletters appear as webpages via the links on this page.