Thanking Sarah

Thanking Sarah Sarah retired in May after 16 years of leading Art & Craft at Sydenham Garden. A momentous effort that has ensured the project’s continuation for years to come. Words really could not do justice to her contribution which went from the ‘original volunteer’ at Sydenham Green Group Practice, to leading sessions in a…

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Sow & Grow a stand-out project

Sow & Grow Our standout project, Sow & Grow, provides over 40 people with dementia social and therapeutic activity each week. Underpinning horticulture, craft, arts and reminiscence with Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) (see: http://www.cstdementia.com/), the project has gained national recognition for the positive difference it makes. Recently a daughter of one co-worker said: “Thank you…

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“The Earth is a generous friend”

BBC 2 air film about Sydenham Garden on Gardeners’ World We are really pleased with how the film crew captured Sydenham Garden and how well our team came across. After introductions from Monty Don and Flo Headlam our founder Dr Jim Sikorski describes our work and why he wanted to prescribe gardening for his patients….

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Gardeners’ World visit our community

BBC 2 to air film about Sydenham Garden on Gardeners’ World A film will be shown on the BBC Friday 12th October 2018 at 9pm(catch up on the BBC Iplayer). Spending time with our Co-workers, (beneficiaries who have been referred to us) Flo Headlam (about Flo) sought to understand the difference horticulture has made to…

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3 year plan 2019 to 2021

We are aware that funding for services like ours is constantly changing. To secure funding our ideas for the future need to fit with the plans set out by NHS and Social Care funders and also the aims of charitable foundations who offer grants to organisations providing services to people with mental health challenges. At…

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Summer Festival 2018

David writes: “On Saturday 18th we held our 3rd annual Summer festival at our De Frene road site. What a day! Bands played a wonderful range of music, local stallholders and crafts people selling their wares and a host of activities for children and adults. Of course we had plenty to eat and drink including…

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DeFreneFest18 SE26’s very own festival

DeFreneFest18, SE26’s very own festival! Saturday 18th August saw #DeFreneFest18 once again rocking SE26. Still young after debuting in 2016, this year’s event built on what’s been good and made it even better. More than 400 people came through the door and just over £3,600 was taken. Music The Green Tomatoes Stage line up was…

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Honey harvest number one and the decline of bees

Honey Whether we realise it or not, we all have a taste for the sweet stuff.   2 years after fulfilling an ambition to manage beehives, we have had our first Honey Harvest. And boy was it a successful one!   Some background A great global mystery has perplexed many recently.  More honey is sold than…

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#DeFreneFest18

  #DeFreneFest18, Come to our Summer Festival 2018. An afternoon of fun in the sun for all!   Get Tickets A wide range of activities, acts, bands, talks, demos, and lovely food have already been confirmed! Activities like crafts. arts (both a communal and solo, “Have a go zone”, games, face painting, getting up close…

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Sunshine Voices Garden and Pizza

Sydenham Singers, Raise the Roof Community Choir, Sing Out Streatham and Peckham Rye Sings joined us for a gorgeous afternoon of sunshine and music in our beautiful Nature Reserve. Singing and Sunshine The 4 choirs and their choir leaders produced a fantastic array of songs. It started with a particularly moving medially that had the…

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