Last week, when the weather wasn’t quite so gusty and wet, the river volunteers worked hard on clearing the backwater in Ladywell Fields. The are is becoming quite clogged with reeds and so we need to dig them out from the roots to stop them from spreading and taking over. The image above shows most of them trying to move a huge clump – it took that many people to move it! The satisfaction when it did finally go was massive!
It is an area that we will continue to work on to make sure there is some open water and reeds – to maintain the balance.
The RBSM volunteering had to be cancelled today due to high winds and wet weather – not the best combination when wearing waders in the river and ponds! We waited fro a while to see who would turn up and the the volunteers and I took this decision. I hope we didn’t miss anyone.
“The diverse and dynamic role of volunteerism in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals merits strong support from Governments and other stakeholders. On this International Day, I thank volunteers for their efforts to leave no one behind.” — António Guterres, UN Secretary-General
International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers in Lewisham (not just those who work in the parks and nature reserves) for all the hard work that you do. You all do a fantastic job and the work you do is invaluable.
The Good Parks for London Report 2018 considers the approach that London Boroughs are taking towards parks and green spaces, evaluating them against ten criteria: public satisfaction, awards for quality, health and wellbeing, sustainability, events, supporting nature, skills development, community partnerships, collaboration and strategic planning.
London Borough of Lewisham has topped the chart for the second year in a row, demonstrating the fantastic work that they are doing to promote and protect parks and green spaces across their Borough.
Criteria used to assess London Boroughs’ parks and green spaces services:
1. Public satisfaction with parks
2. Awards for quality (Green Flags and London in Bloom)
4. Events: both policy and range and number of events
5. Health, fitness and well-being
6. Supporting nature
7. Community partnerships
8. Skills development
10. Strategic planning
For reference the first report of 2017 can be found here.
This maybe isn’t so much strange as unusual! She was found in one of the ponds in Sydenham Wells Park, but we are not sure who she is. Can anyone help? We don’t know how long she has been there or where she came from, but we put her back carefully the same day.
This year’s Rivers Trust Autumn Conference will take place on the 21st November 2018 at The Watershed ‘Waterside Suite’ in Bristol and will discuss ‘Delivering the Government’s 25-Year Environment Plan’.
Where: The Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
There will be a small charge for delegates to go towards the running costs of the day, cost tbc. Please book through Eventbrite
Do you cherish rivers and enjoy exploring them? Do you love the wildlife that roams our countryside? Do you want to learn about what’s being done to protect London’s life-giving rivers and how you can help?
Then join us for the third annual London Rivers Week, running from Saturday June 23 to Sunday July 1. This year’s theme is Valuing Water, and our partners are putting on a fascinating list of free activities, with something for all the family – from walks and talks and a kayak event to demonstrations and even a film premiere.
You won’t want to miss our launch event on Sunday 24th June, at Ladywell Fields from 12pm to 3pm.
You’ll be able to become a dragonfly detective, explore what’s in the water through river dipping and make discoveries through riverfly monitoring.
The event will be a showcase of citizen science programmes by a range of partners.
Find out, for example, how Thames21 volunteers collect data about the types of plastic found in the Thames, or how water quality is tested by robot boats. There are 600km of waterways in the capital. That’s the same as the distance between Brighton and Edinburgh.
And during the week, you’ll have the chance to learn about the issues that affect many of them.
Do you fancy getting to know your local stretch of river better by clearing litter? Or taking over the invasive species which also choke our rivers? We’ve also got events like that, which will help you make a difference to these lifebloods for wildlife.
Otters, trout, bats, kingfishers and eels all use London rivers – but increasingly they need the public’s help to survive and thrive, in the face of plastic pollution, sewage and the impacts of climate change.
London’s rivers are often peaceful, natural places, where we can escape city life. They are havens where we can relax by the water, watch swans nesting or if we’re lucky, spot a flash of blue as one of Britain’s most beautiful birds, a kingfisher, speeds across the water.
If you can’t wait, whet your appetite by reading case studies about 23 restoration projects which include Ladywell Fields, giving you a world of nature to explore at places that have been rewilded in recent years.
We know that lots of our residents are artists, photographers and writers, so we want you to show off your skills by creating a tribute to your favourite green space in Lewisham.
Maybe you love Ladywell Fields or are mad about Mayow Park. Perhaps you prefer your own gorgeous garden.
Wherever your favourite green space is, share it with us by entering a tribute to it in our Love Where You Live art competition for your chance to win a family day out to London Zoo and see your art on display at our Garden Party at the Albany!
Your entry can be a photo, a poem, a painting or a drawing.
You can enter by post or email. You must include your name, age, address and contact details, and tell us why it is your favourite green space.
Email Lewisham Homes with the subject title ‘Love where you live’.
Or send your entry by post to:
Communications team, FREEPOST
(no stamp needed). Maximum size A3.
All submissions must be received by Sunday 15 July.
Throughout the competition we will be sharing your entries on social media with the hashtag #Lovewhereyoulive, so keep an eye out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Winners will be announced at the Garden Party on Saturday 21 July, and all entries will be on display in a pop-up exhibition at the event, at the Albany in Deptford.