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NEWSLETTER Apriil 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.

Sunday April 24th Bluebell Walk
Meet 2.00pm at the Mansion. Nick Bertram (Creekside Education Trust) will lead. If no bluebells, knowledgeable Nick will keep your attention with all manner of information. This walk is dedicated to Roy Ramsey who died 20 years ago and fought diligently to protect this park.

Thursday May 5th Bat Walk
Meet Crab Hill entrance near Ravensbourne rail station at 8.15pm
The weather is always a factor in the bat sightings, but by May it will hopefully be warm and dry.

Sunday May 15th Beating the Bounds
Meet at the Mansion 1.30pm. Walk around the perimeter of the park as part of this ancient tradition.

Sunday June 12th AGM
In the mansion 2.00pm. There is a need to elect a new Chairperson as the present Chairman needs to retire after decades of working for the Friends. A new newsletter editor would be good too!


Saturdays 9th April, 14th May, 11th June (About 2 hour sessions)
Meet at the Mansion or in the garden. Routine garden work, something for everyone. Tools and instruction provided. We  generally meet on the 2nd Saturday each month,  also often doing the 4th Saturday as well in the summer.

Meet at the Mansion or at the garden.  


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.