Art in Action

We have been enjoying so many creative activities in the Art and Craft groups. Some highlights have been dying paper and fabric using the shibori folding technique, painting plant pots, and lino cutting and printing. Recent weeks have been busy with preparations for the Winter Fair in November. The Art and Craft stall at the…

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Glorious Gardening

We are all slowing down in the garden after a very hot and busy summer.  We have spent months propagating, growing, watering, and harvesting, and we are just starting to reflect on the past months and how much we have achieved and enjoyed in our garden groups. Our glut of cucumbers, the stunning colours in…

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Path to Recovery

Thanks to everyone for your patience and understanding during the recent major (for us!) works – which included resurfacing and altering the gradient of the footpath and redesigning our courtyard area. We hope you agree that the entrance is finally accessible and that it provides a good welcome to Sydenham Garden. We are almost there,…

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Farewell Tom!

Here at Sydenham Garden we know that it’s a real privilege to welcome people. Our wonderful staff and volunteers are doing this many times every day – being able to offer an acknowledgement of someone’s unique identity because of the strength of the community life we have built here. It’s probably the most important thing…

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News in Brief

Our new knitting group on alternate Monday mornings has been a great success so far, with lots of creative people sharing ideas and supporting each other. Growing Lives are selling cut flowers to local florists each week, raising funds for the project and creating great publicity for our work. We welcomed a new member of…

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Give us Shelter

  Every Friday, Harvey arrives at the entrance to Sydenham Garden. He’s always on time. Harvey looks forward to coming here and tells his carer he doesn’t want to go anywhere else. With a helping hand from one of our volunteers, Harvey is able to walk slowly up our tree-lined path to the oasis and…

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Cut flower workshop

Last month we ran a workshop covering everything you need to know to start growing and selling local, sustainable and ethical cut flowers. We covered growing site requirements, which flowers to grow and why, how to turn your crop into a product including flower arranging techniques and finally, routes to market. This was all lead…

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Building new raised beds for our cut flower enterprise

A huge thank you to the amazing group of volunteers from Lloyds Bank who joined us to help build three huge raised beds in our poly tunnel. We are expanding our cut flower growing enterprise and these new beds will give us nearly 40m2 of additional protected growing space!   Over the years, we have…

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Winter Fair Coming Soon!

Roll up, roll up for the one and only Sydenham Garden Winter Fair (with extra sparkles). You are all warmly welcome for what promises to be a brilliant day out, with treats galore, and ethical gifts for sale – with all proceeds going to support our work.    

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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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