Rivers & People Jan-March Programme

Thinking of new year’s resolutions? Why not join our Tuesday volunteer sessions? The volunteer session programme has now been released for January to March 2023. Check out the programme HERE. If you would like to get involved in volunteering on Lewisham’s rivers please read through the the River Volunteering web page, and if you have any questions or queries please get in touch with Emily.

Volunteer Sessions in December

As usual, the Rivers & People volunteers have been busy keeping the rivers in Lewisham in good shape! A day of bramble bashing at the backwater in Ladywell Fields South took the brash line back by about 2 meters, which is great not only for regaining the visibility of the river but also protects the meadow area from any encroaching bramble! All the cut bramble was bundled and used in a brash pile within the nearby woodland.

Bramble Bashing in Ladywell Fields

Further upstream in the River Ravensbourne volunteer Donna cleared all the litter and fallen twigs from the Turning Tree sculpture in the channel, look at transformation below!

Turning Tree sculpture in Ladywell Fields

A river wade and litter pick also took place in the Manor House Gardens stretch of the River Quaggy, although chilly it was a fantastic day to be in the river!

River wade in Manor House Gardens

#PlasticBlitz

Last month, the Rivers & People volunteers took part in The Thames and Tributaries ‘Plasticblitz’ week. This week of events was organised by Thames21, the Environment Agency and Rotary in the Valley (through their international End Plastic Soup campaign) to collate details on the amount and differing types of plastic pollution groups find across The Thames and it’s tributaries.

The Rivers & People group held a session at Brookmill Park where we cleared 6 bags of rubbish from the Ravensbourne River and it’s banks. A wide variety of litter was collected from plastic bottles to curtains. Our team collected 6 full bags of rubbish over a few hours and covered a stretch of river over 250 metres.

All of the data collected will feed into the EU-wide ‘Preventing Plastic Pollution’ Project.

Find out the overall results of the #PlasticBlitz HERE.

Hello, introducing Emily!

Hello everyone!
This is just a short blog post introducing myself as the new nature conservation officer for Glendale Lewisham. With my appointment I can also share the good news that we will be restarting the Tuesday Rivers & People sessions from Tuesday 20th September at Brookmill Park. Booking for this session is essential- especially as we will need to bring you waders that fit!

Over the next few weeks I will be updating the webpages on this website, including adding the programme of sessions for the next quarter, and an updated volunteer form. If you have not volunteered with Rivers & People before and would like to join in the coming weeks, please do not hesitate to email me at Emily.Millhouse@glendale-services.co.uk and I will email you a volunteer form.

Hope to see you at a session soon!

The story of Ladywell Naiad

Earlier this month, the Story of the Ladywell Naiad was told over two nights, once in Manor Park and once in Ladywell Fields. Story teller Richard Neville delighted crowds with humorous tales while London Bubble Theatre  provided music and fun activities.

Follow #whatlivesinlewisham on Twitter and Instagram and find our hat lives in our Parks and imagination.

Nature Conservation Lewisham

Earlier this month, the Story of the Ladywell Naiad was told over two nights, once in Manor Park and once in Ladywell Fields.  Story teller Richard Neville delighted crowds with humorous tales while London Bubble Theatre  provided music and fun activities.

Follow #whatlivesinlewisham on Twitter and Instagram and find our hat lives in our Parks and imagination.

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River Resources

Welcome to the Rivers & People Web Resource for teachers, students and individuals interested in finding out more about some of the activities the project has been involved in.

Click on the tabs above to browse through the subject areas and please feel free to download and / or print any of the resources on offer.  However, if you do use any, all we ask is that you email us to let us know how you got on with them and to leave any comments/feedback/improvements/suggestions!

Lesson in Ladywell Fields
Lesson in Ladywell Fields

Additional river-related resources and equipment are available to borrow from Lewisham Council. Please contact us.

River Volunteering

Take part in our river volunteering sessions
Take part in our river volunteering sessions

We also have a number of river related volunteering opportunities.  We are keen to get people involved in their local rivers and help us maintain them through bankside management and litter picks.  We tend to work in  4 parks; Brookmill Park, Chinbrook Meadows, Cornmill Gardens and Ladywell Fields.  If you would like to get involved, please visit the River Volunteering tab where you will find all the information you need.