15 years of a growing community

15 years of a growing community   The early days The meeting was very well attended – around 40 people if I remember correctly. The year was 2002 and the venue Sydenham Green Health Centre. The purpose – to discuss forming an association to provide gardening and creative activities for local people coping with serious…

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Bee Club at De Frene Market Garden

Bees have taken residency at De Frene, thanks to the Bee Club! Bees and pollinating insects are in steep decline. It is estimated that to pollinate human food requirements by hand in the UK would cost £1.9billion each year. At Sydenham Gardens Defrene site the charity is doing its best to help reverse the decline…

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Volunteering fun, fun for all ages!

Come along to our De Frene Road site for some volunteering fun, every third Saturday of the month 10:30 to 14:00 Each session has a theme. Previous themes have included orchard tree care, conservation and habitat development, or building infrastructure. The hope is that participants will be able to learn some handy skills while enjoying…

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The Charity Film Awards – Thank you for voting!

We were shortlisted! A huge thank you to all who voted. We made it into the final 10 out of 480. Unfortunately the judges decided we were not to be in the final 5. Sydenham Garden is in the Charity Film Awards – Voting now closed! In 2015 Matt Carvosso produced a wonderful short film…

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Hannah Grows pays tribute to Sydenham Garden

Hannah Grows is an inspirational website and blog. It’s run by the creative Hannah Schlotter, encouraging people to garden and conserve, no matter (or despite) their experience. The most important garden in London Hannah came and visited us taking in some of the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of what we offer. She spent time…

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Festive Cheer With Our Reindeer!

The Christmas Fair was full of festive cheer! (and some wooden crafted reindeer!) A wonderful time was had on Saturday. It was our annual Christmas Fair! An event put on to welcome people into our gardens. A great chance for co-workers (beneficiaries) and volunteers to showcase their work. It’s a chance for people to enjoy…

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The Winter Newsletter, brrrrrrrr!

winter newsletter 2016 It is always a pleasure to present our newsletter. This month is no exception. It’s full of encouraging stories and glimpses into our work, and we really hope you enjoy reading it. To download your copy of the Winter Newsletter click here: winter newsletter 2016 Subscribers to our friends scheme receive a…

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Christmas Fair time, ’tis the season!

It’s time for our Christmas Fair! December 3rd, 11.00-15.00, 28a Wynell Road. Entrance is £1, or 50p for concessions. One of the most anticipated events of the Sydenham Garden calendar is here. Co-workers (beneficiaries) and volunteers have been working hard to create a sumptuous array of gifts and prizes, which will include cakes, hot food,…

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Tesco Bags of Help – We’re shortlisted!

Sydenham Garden has been shortlisted for a public vote in Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative! Vote in Tesco stores 31st October – 13th November to help us win the top prize. Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see…

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Volunteering at SG- We need you!

Volunteering is good for you! A fact evidenced by the many studies that led to it being included in the NHS choices Livewell programme. Another fact is that it’s good for Sydenham Garden. According to our 2015/16 Annual Evaluation volunteering is worth a minimum of £168,777 to the organisation. Even on its own this is…

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