Our New Bug Hotel at De Frene

A very big thank you to everyone who attended our Community Volunteer Day on Saturday! We created a fantastic bug hotel! Our task was to build a new bug hotel in our wildlife area. We also improved the area through planting and tidying. The finished article was fantastic. We are sure to start seeing some…

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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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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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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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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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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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Remembering Fanmail at Sydenham Garden

Fanmail at Sydenham Garden Over 4 Monday mornings in during the summer a group of 8-10 people gathered to learn to make fans; some were old friends of Sydenham Garden and others came specially for this workshop. There are so many kinds of fans, and we learned about folding, sticking and decorating. But these were…

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