Here is the latest programme of events….come and join us! https://riversandpeople.com/2018/03/28/april-june-programme/
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.
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)
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.
Bulb and fruit planting day!
Saturday 10 November, 12-4pm
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.
There will be a small charge for delegates to go towards the running costs of the day, cost tbc. Please book through Eventbrite
Our new programme of events for October to December is now ready to view here!
On a lovely sunny wade through Ladywell Fields the other week, we cam across this chap. We don’t know he is or where he came from – any ideas?