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Sydenham Garden is an award-winning charity providing gardening, nature conservation & creative opportunities for the well-being of local residents

I cultivate my garden, and my garden cultivates me.

Sydenham Garden aims to improve wellbeing through therapeutic activity, enabling people to move forward in a supportive community environment. We offer a range of activities and opportunities for the local community, but our main focus is  for  those experiencing mental ill health or other significant illness.

We provide therapeutic sessions in horticulture and art and craft  for  referred co-workers (clients) living in South London with the aim of improving quality of life, social interaction and physical and mental health. We have seen  lives transformed through encouragement, reassurance and the structure that a placement with us offers.

Co-workers receive help and support from staff, volunteers and  fellow co-workers during their 12 month placement  in a gardening, allotment or art & craft group.  For co-workers to fully benefit from their placement, regular attendance is  needed  and our overall aim is for some improvement to take place within this period.

Short Courses

Please refer to the News and Events section or look at the calander for information on all our planned events.


We are currently looking for volunteer support in the garden and with arts and crafts. For more information please click here.

Sydenham Garden Update

Find out what is going on at Sydenham Garden in March & April

Sydenham Garden Reports 2013

Friends Annual Report and Trustees' Financial Statement for the year ended 31st March 2013: Annual Report.pdf (2500KB) Financial Statement.pdf (500KB)

Sow and Grow

Run in partnership with MindCare and Lewisham PCT, Sydenham Garden offers programmes of therapeutic activities designed specifically to support people in Lewisham with early-onset dementia.  For more information please click here. We are currently looking for more volunteer support for these programmes. For more information please click here. Sow & Grow referral form




Posted: 16 April 2014

We are currently seeking to strengthen our Board of Trustees with new members. We are particularly seeking trustees with skills in finance to take on the role of treasurer.

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Spring Fair 2014 to be held on Saturday 10th May

Posted: 07 April 2014

The first fair of the year, the Spring Fair, is on Saturday 10th May. All are welcome, the fair is a great opportunity to see the Garden in the full bloom of late spring, to meet the people involved in the project as well as our friends from the local community, and to enjoy some fun activities.

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De Frene Road Work Day

Posted: 17 March 2014

Come and help us continue the tidy up of our De Frene Road site. The next work day will be on Saturday 17th May at 10:30.

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Animals For Therapy

Posted: 15 March 2014

Join us on Saturday 17th May at 10:30

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Earth Oven Workshop

Posted: 13 March 2014

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th April 10:00 - 16:00.

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Download our Referral form

Download the new referral form (not Sow & Grow) in pdf format (145KB) or Word format (105KB). You can also download our referral guidelines (pdf format), or read more on our website about making a referral.