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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Beautiful Willow Lanterns

Our Growing Lives Project have been busy making beautiful Willow Lanterns. As dusk comes earlier and earlier this time of year the need for lighting became pressing. Last year we installed bright LED lights powered by solar. This year we’ve made them much more pleasing to the eye! Much more than just aesthetics! There is…

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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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Beautiful creations from Art & Craft

Beautiful creations Co-workers (beneficiaries) in our Art & Craft project have produced some gorgeous work over the past year People are referred to the Art & Craft project to help in their recovery from significant illness. During the 12 months in the group co-workers get the opportunity to learn many different crafts.. In the past…

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Summer Festival fun, in the wind, rain and sun!

The dust has settled on shin-dig that will live long in our memory. Having historically run fete type events, this was our first step into the world of entertainment. Yes: this was Festival fun

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Mindfulness Class – Starts September

MINDFULNESS CLASS WHAT IS MINDFULNESS TRAINING AND, WHAT CAN THE CLASSES DO FOR ME? Mindfulness involves learning to pay attention and to wisely work with our thoughts, bodily sensations, and emotions. The practice is learned through simple meditation exercises, through which you eventually come to bring a richer awareness and presence into your daily life….

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Health and Gardens, an increasing profile

Gardening Your Way to Health by Mary-Claire Mason is in this weeks Nursing Standard journal. It features Sydenham Garden and the link between health and gardens. Sydenham Green Group Practice started Sydenham Garden and patients continue to be referred to our projects. Gardening Your Way to Health references this partnership and our work in response…

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De Frene Summer Festival, let’s celebrate!

Come to our Community Market Garden Summer Festival. An afternoon of fun in the sun for all! This year we have decided to have our first full festival at our new site, and we believe it is going to be a cracker. With a range of exciting activities like: craft and traditional green wood working,…

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