Black Lives Matter

                Black Lives Matter to us at Sydenham Garden. Our Community is diverse and we see first-hand how inequality and injustice can lead to black people being marginalised and forced into experiencing poverty, isolation and mental ill health. A huge part of our work is about making nature,…

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Three Hearty Cheers for our great Volunteers!

We have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. We are thrilled with this honour and what it represents for our amazing team of volunteers.  90 volunteers help with us with our work here, many of whom have moved through the project…

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Blossom

  Thanks to Lauren, our amazing Garden Project volunteer, for sending in her images and thoughts on blossom and Spring.  We look forward to gardening with you again soon, Lauren. Spring has me dumbfounded. Its colour, its scent, its longer light; its life.  A change that’s so merrily welcome has been completely surrounded by changes that…

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Sessions Suspended

  All normal sessions at Sydenham Garden will be suspended until early July, due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation. Our team continues to work remotely – supporting our co-workers in different ways, as well as collaborating with community partners in Lewisham to get help to the most vulnerable in the borough. We are still accepting…

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Social Prescribing Day 2020

            We are celebrating #SocialPrescribingDay at Sydenham Garden. Social prescribing is a holistic approach to health and wellbeing which supports referrals from health professionals to non-clinical services. Sydenham Garden has used a Social Prescribing approach since we first lay down our roots in 2002, as our founder Jim Sikorski, a…

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Checking on the Tomatoes

At the time of writing, it seems I am a gardener. Green? Yes. Still reluctant? Perhaps slightly, though more with the tag than the forks and trowels… I’ve never been a big fan of labels. But seriously? A Gardener? Well why not? My name is Jon… I am currently in my third season as a…

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Winter Fair Update

Our most successful Winter Fair so far! The cold, damp weather didn’t put off over 330 visitors coming to our annual Winter Fair who generously spent over £3700 on the various stalls and activities. This will be the most we’ve raised at a Winter Fair. All proceeds help us support local people attending our projects…

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Sow & Grow Animated!

Thanks to the wonderful filmmaker, Katy Milner, our Sow & Grow co-workers have created an animated film, which was shown as part of the recent Age Against the Machine festival in Lewisham. We wanted to make a beautiful film to show the positive and remarkable achievements that come about in the Sow & Grow groups…

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Co-worker Focus

Growing Lives Co-worker I was referred by my Psychotherapist. I have always enjoyed gardening and wanted to do something that would help my mental health as I struggle with ups and downs. Being part of the group and being around other people has really helped me, I have been able to build relationships with people…

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