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

(click here for brochures and guides page    click here for old newsletters archive )

Latest Newsletter (click link) January 2018

Events 2018
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 Next workdays: April 28th,  May 12th, May 26th.  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,  bpp.friends@hotmail.co.uk  


Walks and Events


APRIL
Sunday 29th - 2pm 
Bluebell Walk led by Nick Bertrand of Creekside Educational Trust and London Natural History Society.  This will be dedicated to FBPP members who worked for the conservation of the park during the last 25 years. Nick knows as much as anyone and more than most about the park ecology.
Meet at the Mansion steps/car park
 
MAY                     
Sunday 20th - 2pm 
A History Walk, learn about the origins of Beckenham Place and how the Park has grown out of the Landscape with Mal Mitchell.
Meet at the Mansion steps/car park

JUNE
 
Thursday 21st at 1pm    
Listening Walk led by Beryl Gibbs.   A silent walk around the park and chat about it at the end.
Meet on the Mansion steps.
 
JULY                      
Saturday 28th - 8.45pm
A combined Moths (Bill Welch) and Bats (Ishpi Blatchley) Walk plus a touch of Astronomy (Mal Mitchell).   Bat detectors will be provided but please bring torches and warm clothes.
Meet at the Crab Hill entrance opposite Ravensbourne Station (different to most starting points). On street parking available.
 
OCTOBER             
Sunday 14th - 1.30pm 
Fungi Walk with Dr Mark Spencer. Mark has led several fungi walks in the park, he and his colleagues know it well.  This is not for the purpose of collecting edible fungi but to see the variety of fungi in the park.
Meet at the Mansion steps/car park
 
NOVEMBER          
Saturday 10th - 9.30am 
Bird Walk led by David de Silva. Dave is a regular visitor to the park and knowledgeable ‘birder’. 
Meet at the Mansion steps/car park.

 
 
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.

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

email bpp.friends@hotmail.co.uk   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,  bpp.friends@hotmail.co.uk

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.

NATURE CONSERVATION WORKDAYS  

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.