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

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NEWSLETTER April 2017 pdf format

Events 2017

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.

Children welcome but must be accompanied by a carer. Dogs are welcome if kept under control on a lead.  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 pdf files via the links on this page. If you have problems opening files email us for advice.

Unless otherwise stated the events start from the front of the mansion/car park.

Saturday 29th April        Mansion Opening Celebration for the public. Sydney is planning free taster sessions in yoga/pilates, sewing and art workshops, a vintage market, a food and produce market, open art studios (we now have 12 artists working in the mansion) and more.  The soul supper and dance night is the penultimate event of the evening.  It will be a fun day where we will finally throw open the doors of the mansion to the whole public so that everyone can experience this fantastic building on a daily basis. If anyone has any questions about either this event or anything else regarding the mansion, please feel free to come to me (Sydney) directly either on 07791 609 971 or

Sunday 30th April                   BLUEBELL  WALK

Meet at the mansion steps 2pm

Nick Bertrand from Creekside Education Trust will lead a walk and explain the botanical attractions and features of the park and woodland.

SENSORY GARDEN WORKDAYS (sessions last about 2 hours)

No experience necessary, we can show you what to do.

Dates   usually 2nd Saturday of the month,  and often the 4th saturday during summer months. 

8th April, 13th May,  June 10th.       phone or email   to check

Meet 10.00am - go straight to the Sensory Garden.  There will be work to suit everyone.   Call/email for date of any second session or other details, 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.  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.