LATEST – Lewisham wins highest-ever number of Green Flag Awards

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From the Lewisham Council Website

Lewisham’s parks and green spaces have been awarded their highest-ever number of Green Flags, the award given to the very best green spaces in the UK.

The latest green spaces in Lewisham to be given prestigious Green Flag Community Awards are Garthorne Road and Dacres Wood, managed by Lewisham Council with the help of the Friends groups.

In partnership with local groups Lewisham Council has also successfully retained its three existing Community Green Flags for Grove Park and Devonshire Road nature reserves and Albion Millennium Green, as well as its sixteen Green Flags for other parks and green spaces in the borough.

The Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Any green space that is freely accessible to the public is eligible to enter for the annual Green Flag Awards, which are based on a set of robust criteria, including accessibility, community involvement, cleanliness and biodiversity.

Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve with their award,

Lewisham Council, in partnership with Glendale, manages 47 parks and 15 nature reserves in the borough – each with its own unique character and environment. The last 18 months have seen public green spaces play a vital role for residents as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely. Last year, the Council adopted a new Parks and Open Spaces Strategy, which aims to make the borough’s green spaces even better by improving community involvement, boosting biodiversity and getting residents – including young people – more involved in decision-making.

Cllr Patrick Codd, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said:

“Gaining two more prestigious Community Green Flag awards is fantastic news for Lewisham. This achievement wouldn’t be possible without the huge contribution that Friends and volunteers of our nature reserves make. I would like to thank every single resident and community group involved in this effort for helping to give us all healthier and greener neighbourhoods.

“Our nature reserves are a key part of Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership’s new action plan, which the Council recently endorsed as part of our work to create a greener Lewisham for residents and wildlife. As an inner-city borough, we are very proud of the many nature reserves, parks and green spaces that have brought much needed happiness to our residents during the very challenging times of the pandemic.

“The news that two more nature reserves in Lewisham have achieved the Green Flag Community Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the teams that make the borough’s green spaces sanctuaries that everyone can enjoy.”

Nick Lee, Treasurer of the Friends of Garthorne Road said:

“We are excited that Garthorne Road Nature Reserve has received the Green Flag Award. As volunteers who work to protect and develop it, and open it to others, we are pleased and proud to have received the recognition that the Award brings. We thank Lewisham Borough, the volunteers and committee members for the support that they give us in managing the Reserve.”

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, said:

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Garthorne Road Nature Reserve and Dacres Wood worthy of a Green Flag Award. To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that these two nature reserves have high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and are places that support people to live healthy lives.”

Joint London Wildlife and Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Conservation workday

Tuesday 14th December

11am – 3pm

Blue tit using one of the many bird boxes on the reserve

We are joining the London Wildlife Trust Great North Wood Project to do some management of the site. Help improve the remaining fragments of the Great North Wood for people and wildlife. About this event London Wildlife Trust Great North Wood volunteering-garthorne-road-nature-reserve-tickets or Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Eventbrite page

Tasks will include:

  • Cleaning out Bird boxes
  • Controlling clematis plant

Please bring lunch and drinking water and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy shoes (preferably steel toe cap boots).There is no toilets on site you can find a bush if required

Tickets will be offered on a first come first serve basis. There will be a waitlist so if you book a ticket but something comes up and you can no longer attend please cancel your ticket on Eventbrite so that it will become available for someone else.

We’ll continue to maintain the following precautions: Volunteer numbers will be limited per session (may increase or decrease depending on site/activity).Please do not attend if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been asked to isolate by the NHS Test and Trace.If you do have Covid-19 symptoms or need to isolate and get tested, please inform me should you test positive after recently attending a volunteer session. I will then inform other attendees and advise/take the necessary safety precautions.

Hand washing facilities and hand sanitiser will be available.You will be given a pair of gloves if you don’t have any, as standard.You can be lent a pair of steel toe cap boots for the session if needs be and if I have them/appropriate size(s) with me.

We will maintain distance during tasks and refreshment breaks as much as possible, unless the specific task at hand requires closer contact, in which case, the use of masks is advised, but is ultimately at individual’s discretion.We will avoid congregating indoors or in enclosed spaces if possible, but if it is unavoidable, then as much fresh air should be allowed in as possible.

Hot and cold water/tea/coffee and most importantly, biscuits, will be available. Please bring your own reusable cup/bottle to minimise my contact with used receptacles when washing up, though I will bring some cups with me just in case.

Contact with shared items (including tools) should be minimised and where possible, I will be doing the hot drink making and biscuits may be individually-wrapped.If you have any questions please get in contact with either Ernie Thomason (Chair of Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve email: garthorne.reserve@gmail.com or Chantelle Lindsey London Wildlife Trust Great North Wood Project officer on 07891837120 or at greatnorthwood@wildlondon.org.uk.Many thanks and see you soon!

Ernie and Chantelle

Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Conservation workday

Saturday 11th December

11am – 3pm

Volunteer creating dead hedging stakes

The Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve will continue their monthly conservation workdays throughout the year. We will be doing different tasks ranging from invasive species removal to dead hedge creation.

If you are interested in joining us, please reserved a place https://garthorneroadnaturereserve.com/2020/06/19/reopening-of-the-reserve/

Please ensure you have protective footwear with steel toe caps if possible

We are Covid safe and have prevention measures in place. Please follow these guide. Because it is a closed site to the public making it easier to maintain social distancing. We’ll be running volunteering a bit differently to keep everyone safe and will be maintaining the following precautions:

Please do not attend if you have symptoms of COVID-19

Please avoid using public transport if you can

Hand washing facilities and hand sanitiser will be available

Please bring your own gardening gloves if you have them? otherwise we will supply you with an clean washed pair of gloves.

We won’t be providing hot drinks or biscuits so please bring your own if you would like to

We will be maintaining a 2m distance at all times

We will be limiting volunteer numbers to 11 including the leader per workday

We will disinfect tools before and after each session

Please wash clothes that you wear to the sessions regularly

We have be doing some heavy tasks and will require steel toe footwear and they will also be some tasks available that don’t require these but if you have some please bring them.

Please bring lunch and drinking water and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy shoes (preferably steel toe cap boots).

Please note there are no toilets on the site but you are welcome to find a bush!

Tickets will be offered on a first come first serve basis. There will be a waitlist so if you book a ticket but something comes up and you can no longer attend please cancel your ticket on Eventbrite so that it will become available for someone else.

Many thanks and see you soon!

If you have any questions please get in contact us: