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

Summer in the Garden.

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.

Congratulations Catherine!

Volunteer Centre Lewisham held it's annual awards presentation for Lewisham volunteers earlier this month, and the winner in the Young Volunteer category was our own Catherine Williams (pictured top left). It was said that Catherine is one of the most dedicated volunteers in our Thursday and Friday Sow and Grow groups, she has shown great enthusiasm and is very patient and caring.

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 Spring Newsletter

Find out what is going on at Sydenham Garden here.

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



Knitting - follow on short course

Posted: 04 July 2014

Starting on Friday 1st August at 14:00

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Strictly Come Singing

Posted: 23 June 2014

Every Friday for eight weeks, starting on Friday 4th July 14:30 - 15:30.

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Botanical Drawing Workshop

Posted: 15 June 2014

Tuesday 19th August at 13:30. Come and learn how to draw plants and flowers from the garden.

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Friends Lunch 9th August 2014

Posted: 23 May 2014

One of the highlights of the year in the garden.

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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.