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NEWSLETTER Julyl 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.

Meet on the mansion steps at 10.00am. This a long walk out of the park. It is as rural as possible, but some road walking is unavoidable. Transport at the end from Grove Park station and several buses routes. For those who want a really long walk, we come back to the park via a different route. distance about 4 miles each way (8 in total).

Wednesday August 10th SILENT WALK
Meet on the mansion steps at 1.30pm. Walk in complete silence toenable listening. Afterwards at the mansion we sit and chat about the sounds we heard. Its a fun walk and amazing how much more you hear when not chattering away.

Sunday September 4th GEOLOGY WALK
Meet on the mansion steps 2.00pm. A walk around the park with our geology guru, Paul Rainey The Green Chain Walk has recently launched ‘Geotrail’ which Paul has been working on ( more information inside).


SENSORY GARDEN WORKDAYS (sessions last about 2 hours)
Dates: 2nd Saturday of the month, July 9th, August 13th, Sept.10th also, probably, 23rd July, 27th August, 24th September.
Meet 10.00am either at the mansion or go straight to the Sensory Garden. There will be work to suit everyone. In the summer months there is more to do so there are often two sessions

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.