Give us Shelter

  Every Friday, Harvey arrives at the entrance to Sydenham Garden. He’s always on time. Harvey looks forward to coming here and tells his carer he doesn’t want to go anywhere else. With a helping hand from one of our volunteers, Harvey is able to walk slowly up our tree-lined path to the oasis and…

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Cut flower workshop

Last month we ran a workshop covering everything you need to know to start growing and selling local, sustainable and ethical cut flowers. We covered growing site requirements, which flowers to grow and why, how to turn your crop into a product including flower arranging techniques and finally, routes to market. This was all lead…

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Building new raised beds for our cut flower enterprise

A huge thank you to the amazing group of volunteers from Lloyds Bank who joined us to help build three huge raised beds in our poly tunnel. We are expanding our cut flower growing enterprise and these new beds will give us nearly 40m2 of additional protected growing space!   Over the years, we have…

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Winter Fair Coming Soon!

Roll up, roll up for the one and only Sydenham Garden Winter Fair (with extra sparkles). You are all warmly welcome for what promises to be a brilliant day out, with treats galore, and ethical gifts for sale – with all proceeds going to support our work.    

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Defrenefest 2019 – A joyous day out in the sunshine

Sydenham Garden’s summer festival at our market garden site on De Frene Road gets bigger and better every year, and 2019 was no exception.  Thanks to months of planning by our dedicated team, and an overwhelming amount of goodwill and support on the day from our co-workers and volunteer groups, the day was a brilliant…

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Co-worker Focus

Art & Craft Co-worker I took part in the IAPT get active group at Sydenham garden. I took part in an Art and craft taster session and really enjoyed it and wanted to be referred. I wasn’t getting out and socialising with people and wanted to improve my social anxiety. I have enjoyed doing different…

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Cator Road 2019 Plant Sale

Plant Sale a HUGE success Many thanks to all of you who came to the Cator Road Plant Sale on Saturday 18th May. The weather stayed dry and over 500 people came to buy plants, drink tea and eat scrumptious cakes. We raised over £3000 for Sydenham Garden with the remaining proceeds going to the…

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Co-worker focus – Growing Lives

Growing Lives co-worker (beneficiary): Fred, Growing Lives co-worker: I was referred by Mind. I wanted to join to meet people, get out the house. I was working for 40 years when I developed a bad back. After a while I had a medical discharge. Losing my job, and no longer working with people pushed me…

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Sydenham Garden appoints new Chair of Trustees

Jim Sikorski retires as Chair of Trustees and Sydenham Garden appoints Julia Brandreth as new Chair Sydenham Garden, the unique wellbeing centre helping people in their journey with mental and ill-health, is pleased to announce the appointment of Julia Brandreth as its Chair of Trustees, replacing Dr Jim Sikorski with effect from 14 May 2019….

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The results are in!

Annual Evaluation 2019 of Sydenham Garden Projects This year’s evaluation continues to record significant changes in wellbeing for co-workers who complete their placements at Sydenham Garden. This finding means that there will have been a measurable improvement in depressive symptoms in these individuals. The headlines from this year are: • 378 co-workers accessed Sydenham Garden…

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