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

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Latest Newsletter (click link) January 2019

Events 2019
see Lewisham Open Spaces Forum
page for events in other parks   and other events can be found on the Green Chain Walk website

Next Friends Walks and Events..... 

More events are at the planning stage and will be published on the website. Children must be accompanied by an adult or carer. Conditions may be muddy and uneven please wear appropriate clothing.
Sensory Garden Workdays   contact us if you are interested.  There will be work to suit everyone.  Email for date of any second session or other details,  

Walks and Events

February 14th   Thursday - Winter Stroll

11am from the Mansion steps
Beryl will lead us around areas of the Park there will be changes to see.

March 26th Tuesday - Downham Woodland Walk

Meet at the but stop outside the lodge gates nearest to Beckenham Hill Station, on Beckenham Hill Road at 10.30am. Beryl will lead us to this woodland where we will be guided around by Janet from Friends of Downham Woodland Walk.

April 7th Sunday - Spring Bird and Heron Watch

11.00am to 4pm at Kelsey Park lake. Organised by Friends of Kelsey Park and Bromley RSPB.  There will probably be a  gazebo set up  on the fenced garden side of the  upper lake  opposite where the Herons nest on the island.

April 28th
Sunday - Bluebell Walk   

Meet at the Mansion steps at 2pm  - Walk will take approximately 2 hours.
Wild Bluebells of Beckenham Place Park. All over the country billions of blue blistering Bluebells will be bursting into blossom. See Lewisham's very own version of this beautiful and bounteous bonanza. There will be a bristling bighearted bouquet of other truly wildflowers to see as well.Guided walk led by Nick Bertrand for Creekside Education Trust and Friends of Beckenham Place Park. Meet at the Mansion House. Nick Bertrand will lead this popular walk on behalf of the Friends of Beckenham Place Park and Creekside Education Trust

October 26th Saturday  - Autumn Bird Migration

Meet at the mansion steps 8.30am for a quiet scan of the skies and/or 9.30am for those who prefer to just do the walk

Led by bird expert, David de Silva

Some of these events include periods of standing while looking at specimens and features. A typical walk around the park is about 2 or 3 miles.  Time taken can vary between 1 and 3 hours but people can leave an event whenever they like provided they can find their own way out of the park.
Officially the gates to the road into the park are closed at dusk, so if staying in the park after dark we advise people to park outside.

Where appropriate we talk about environment, flora, fauna, conservation, history, geology and attempt to answer any questions.  See our previous newsletters via the links.  Full newsletters appear as pdf files via the links at top of this page. If you have problems opening files email us for advice.

SENSORY GARDEN WORKDAYS (sessions last about 2 hours)

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

Next Dates   9th February and 9th March.  Usually 2nd Saturday of the month,  and often the 4th saturday during summer months subject to works being carried out in the gardens. 

email   to check

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

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.