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

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NEWSLETTER January 2017 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.

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 28th January            BIRD WATCH

Meet on the mansion steps at 9.30am  

Dave Dasilva will lead a walk around the park identifying birds by sight and sound. Bring binoculars if you have them.


Wednesday 15th February     WALK in ST GEORGES CHURCH YARD

Meet at the lych gate of St. Georges Church, Beckenham at 11am. 

Just a short walk around some of the Cators memorials and others with connections to Beckenham Place.

Sunday 19th March                   KNOW YOUR PARK WALK

Meet at the mansion steps 1.30pm

An exploration walk, some things you may not know about the park. A chance for those who wouldn’t walk in the park alone (especially now there are no golfers to keep it safe) to come on a little imformative wander with the Friends.



SENSORY GARDEN WORKDAYS (sessions last about 2 hours)

Dates 2nd Saturday of the month, 

14th January,  11th February,  11th March,  8th April.

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 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.