Creak at the Creek

DATES: Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 October and Saturday 2 November 

Starting at the Discovery Centre and taking place in and around the historic Deptford Creek, this is a once in a lifetime chance to explore the river alongside the Victorian treasure hunters known as the Toshers.  Waders provided!

This is a family activity so grown-ups come along and join in the fun with your children. Participants need to be reasonably fit as you will be walking on the bed of a wild river. We provide waders, a waterproof and a walking stick and suggest you wear old clothes. Please note this event is for children over the age of 8. Children under the age of 14 will need to be accompanied by an adult.Performance will last approximately 1 hour 15 minutes and will involving going into Deptford Creek.
Young children are welcome to watch from the footbridge but will need to be accompanied by an adult.

For more information visit the Creekside Discovery website

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Clearing the back water in Ladywell Fields

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Working in the backwater

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.

 

Good Parks for London 2018

Good Parks for London 2018
Good Parks for London 2018

On Wednesday 28 November, Parks for London published the Good Parks for London Report 2018: Improving London’s parks for all.

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)
3. Collaboration
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
9. Sustainability
10. Strategic planning

For reference the first report of 2017 can be found here.

Come and Plant some bulbs at Manor Park!

Bulb and fruit planting day!

Saturday 10 November, 12-4pm

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Do you want to see more flowers in the park next spring? We have 100’s of bulbs to plant. Please come along and help! We will also be planting some fruit bushes and caring for our fruit trees. Children (6+) and adults welcome.

What to bring: waterproofs (just in case), warm clothes and sturdy shoes. Tools and refreshments will be provided.

Manor Park Friends and Hither Green Community Association.

Rivers Trust Autumn Conference – Save the date!

Rivers Trust conference
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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