A new Director for Sydenham Garden

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Coralie Hopwood as our new Director from November 18th 2019. Julia Brandreth, Chair, said; “After a comprehensive recruitment process involving co-workers, volunteers, staff and trustees, Coralie was considered by all to be the outstanding candidate. We believe she will be instrumental in continuing to deliver our…

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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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Tomatoes, Bindweed and Comfrey Tea

  Tomatoes, Bindweed and Comfrey Tea I am no gardener. I keep weeds at bay, hedges trimmed and the lawn mowed in my modest back garden. I even stretched to some dead-heading of the roses out front recently but that was because a local community event meant we were on show. Otherwise I have kept…

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Carer Focus, Sow & Grow

Susan, Sow & Grow co-worker carer: We heard from social services about the Sow & Grow, and wanted to get mum socialising with her age group. It’s helped her confidence to build relationships with other people, participating in group activities being more mobile, happier mood and feeling useful. She has definitely become more creative. She…

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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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Garden Project Update

the Garden Project Garden Project Lead, Charlotte, went on maternity leave in April, and we were all delighted to hear that she had a gorgeous, healthy baby boy. I’m Rachael, and I’m very happy to be running the Garden Project while Charlotte is away.  I have been warmly welcomed and supported by wonderful Sydenham Garden…

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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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Beekeeping Workshop

Sunday 16th June. 10am to 1pm Whether you are considering beekeeping and want to know if it is for you, just fascinated in them as creatures or simply looking for something usual and exciting to do this course could be for you. In this one and a half hour workshop we will give you an…

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