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  • hilly 5:27 pm on March 20, 2014
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    Woodlands Farm Education Centre Opening 

    Woodlands Farm's new Education Centre

    Woodlands Farm’s new Education Centre

    Hannah, the Education Officer at Woodlands Farm, wrote about the opening of the New Education Centre at Woodlands Farm which will take place next Monday, 24th March. She wrote:

    The Mayors of Greenwich and Bexley will be the principal guests and will perform the opening ceremony for the new education building centre at Woodlands Farm, Shooters Hill, Greenwich, on Monday 24th March 2014.
    The Farm, which is 89 acres in extent and straddles the borders of Greenwich and Bexley, has provided education and conservation resources for the community since 1996. The education unit at the farm provided for visits from 4,000 school pupils last year, ranging in age from 4 to 18 years, in addition to providing a thriving toddler group and adult education in subjects as diverse as making hedgerow liqueurs, hedge laying and bee keeping.
    The building for the new education centre is pre-fabricated and cost £130,000 in total. The principal funders were Natural England, the Government Agency for Conservation and Wildlife Education, with contributions from the East Wickham and Welling War Memorial Fund and the Alan Mills Bequest.
    Project Manager at Woodlands Farm, David Jones, said “The new education building will be a great boost to our commitment to offer a wide range of experiences in conservation and farming for the local community.” Education Officer, Hannah Forshaw said “Our previous accommodation was somewhat cramped. The new building gives us much more space and improves our ability to offer great educational opportunities to schools and community groups ranging in age, from nursery children to senior learners.” Woodlands Farm Trust Board member Tony Baker said “It has been a struggle to raise the funds to build this new centre, but the funders, volunteers and members of the trust have been tremendous and have made a dream that we as a Trust have had for many years, become a reality.
    Horticulturalist and Blue Peter gardener, Chris Collins will also take part in the opening ceremony.

    The opening ceremony starts at 10.15am.  If you would like to attend contact Hannah Forshaw on 020 8319 8900 or education@thewoodlandsfarmtrust.org

    Spring blossom at woodlands Farm

    Spring blossom at woodlands Farm

  • hilly 6:56 pm on February 23, 2014
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    Maya and Natalie’s Marvellous Mishmash of Musicals 

    Maya and Natalie's Marvellous Mishmash of Musicals leaflet

    We heard a little of local actor Natalie Penn‘s excellent singing voice in Front Room Theatre‘s last production at Shrewsbury House, “Lie Back and Think of America”. Now there’s an opportunity to hear more of her singing in  their latest production, “Maya and Natalie’s Marvellous Mishmash of Musicals” which is on at Shrewsbury House on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st March. Front Room Theatre’s web site gives more details:

    Front Room Theatre presents ‘Maya and Natalie’s Marvellous Mishmash of Musicals’ at Shrewsbury House on Thurs 20th and Fri 21st March at 8pm til 9 with refreshments available. Featuring the Woolwich Singers, and produced by the team behind ‘Lie Back and Think of America’, this new show interweaves musical numbers into stories from the lives of performers Maya Levy and Natalie Penn. Accompanied by world class musician Joseph Finlay, the show promises to be a wonderful evening’s entertainment. Tickets are £8 full price and £6.50 concession, with a group deal of 4 for £25. For tickets, call 020 7207 0296 or 07786 980 781 or email artistic.director@front-room-theatre.co.uk For online bookings please visit http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/frontroomtheatre (online booking fee applies, no fee for phone or email bookings)

    Best to book soon if you want to see Maya and Natalie’s musical – there aren’t many tickets left on http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/frontroomtheatre, though as Natalie comments below more are available direct from her.

    Maya and Natalie's Marvellous Mishmash of Musicals leaflet reverse

    • Natalie 12:25 pm on February 26, 2014

      Hello. Many thanks for adding this to the website! Just to let you know, there are more tickets available from me directly. I have only put a small number up online from Ticket Source as I think I will sell quite a few directly. People can call me on 07786 980 781 or email: natalieacts@gmail.com to book tickets from me directly. Thanks, Natalie

  • hilly 12:27 pm on February 22, 2014

    Mayplace Lane community clean-up day 

    Nicola's new plants at the top of Mayplace Lane near the bronze age barrow on Plum Lane

    Mayplace Lane near the bronze age barrow on Plum Lane

    All are welcome at a community clean-up session in Mayplace Lane next Sunday, 2nd March starting at 11.00am. Nicola wrote with details:

    Mayplace Lane community clean-up day Sunday March 2nd from 11am
    All helpers welcome! A chance to meet neighbours and help us clear rubbish and help build a haven for wildlife in our community. This is the second event after our successful clear up in December, this spring bulbs we planted are coming up and I hope to get out tomorrow and plant some flowers at the junction at Plum lane. Since December there has been only 1 fly tip, making the lane look cared for is acting as a deterrent to fly tipping and other antisocial activity.
    Greenwich council should (–they failed to deliver this last time so bare this in mind!) provide us with litter grabbers, gloves and bags. Please bring any tools (rakes, secateurs, hand tools, buckets) you have, or just yourself! We are working from Plum lane down to Dallin Road section.
    If you have anything stored in the lane you may wish to move it to ensure it is not thrown away. If you can mention this to your neighbours so they are also aware.

    There about 20 people helping at the last clean-up in December and it made a big difference to the Lane. But let’s hope that this clean up is less eventful than the last!

    Mayplace Lane

    Mayplace Lane

  • hilly 5:09 pm on February 15, 2014
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    Half term activities at Widehorizons Environment Centre 

    WideHorizons Environment Centre February 2014 Half Term Events Flyer

    Nicola from the Widehorizons Environment Centre in Eltham sent me details of their free half-term events for children. As there are a maximum of 30 children per session it is essential to book. They can be contacted by ‘phone on 0208 294 8161 or e-mail environment@widehorizons.org.uk. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. The activities take place on Monday and Tuesday:

    Monday 17th February
    10am-12 noon
    Bear & Bug Hunt I Ages 3-7
    Bring your bear on an adventure!
    Come on a Bear Hunt before exploring the ponds and mini beast areas for signs of winter life at our wonderful Widehorizons Environment Centre.
    Nature Explorers & Artists I All Ages
    Play nature games, explore our woods with a scavenger hunt and create some wonderful art using natural materials and clay. This session is designed for families to get outside and muddy together and includes some self led adventures.
    Tuesday 18th February
    10.00 -12.00 noon
    Winter Sprites & Wands I Ages 3+
    Explore the magical woodland here at Widehorizons Environment Centre. Share a story, take a habitat walk and make a winter wishing wand or winter sprite using clay and natural materials that we find beneath our feet.
    Woodland Adventure I Ages 6-11
    Venture into our woods and learn how to shelter build and cook over a camp fire. (Bring your own sausages & marshmallows)

    Widehorizons Environment Centre is located at 77 Bexley Road, London, SE9 2PE. Conveniently the activities do not clash with those at Woodlands Farm which take place on Wednesday to Friday.

    Entrance to WideHorizons Environment Centre

    Entrance to WideHorizons Environment Centre

    Goat at WideHorizons Environment Centre

    Goat at WideHorizons Environment Centre


  • hilly 6:11 pm on February 14, 2014
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    Eaglesfield Park Ducks 

    Poster about attack on ducks in Eaglesfield Park

    Poster about attack on ducks in Eaglesfield Park

    Like me you may have been shocked to read the posters in Eaglesfield Park about an attack on the ducks in the Lilly Pond. Madeleine from the Friends of Eaglesfield Park wrote about the incident, and also sent details of their next tidying session at the pond. She wrote:

    Criminal attack on Eaglesfield Park Ducks
    We are sorry that our first news update for 2014 conveys details of a mindless, cruel and criminal act on wildlife in Eaglesfield Park.  I am sure that by now many people will have heard about the very upsetting incident or seen the notices posted around the pond.  The FOEP, like any decent people, are appalled that three adults (one with a child on his shoulders)  were observed throwing bricks at the ducks and then “flying” their bird of prey to attack the ducks, which were either killed or carried off.   However this criminal act was witnessed.
    I have obtained further information and would like to assure you that this matter is being taken very seriously.  The Parks and Open Spaces Department of the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the Greenwich Met Police have been informed.   The latter are acting on information received and investigating  various leads.   FOEP will of course pursue the matter and keep you informed.
    It has been suggested that a duck house/bird coop in the middle of the pond might provide an area of safety for ducks.  We have already looked into this in the past.  The advice we’ve so far had from wildlife agencies regarding a ‘duck island’ on the pond is that this can actually be detrimental to the other wildlife for a number of reasons including impact on water quality from duck faeces, bread left for ducks and ducks bringing in fish eggs on feet and feathers.  However due to the most recent events we are looking into this again and will review with the Parks Dept. and others what the best course of action will be. We will let you know as soon as we’ve done that.
    In the meantime may we ask everyone visiting the park, local residents and clubs to help monitor wildlife security and to report any suspicious activity to the Police.
    Lastly I would very much like to thank the person who took the trouble to inform the authorities and for providing posters regarding the incident and their very generous offer of a reward of £100.00.
    Once again, I am sorry to begin with such upsetting news.

    Ducks at Eaglesfield Pond

    Ducks at Eaglesfield Pond

    Everyone is welcome to join the Friends at their monthly meet-ups at the pond which re-start at the end of March:

    Is Spring on its way?
    We would all like to hope it is, and FOEP are now planning for the arrival of Spring!  We will start our monthly weeding, planting, seeding and tidying up on the last Sunday of the month, beginning March 30th between 10.30 – 1.30 pm.   We would be very grateful for any amount of time you could spare to help us.  It’s not all work – we do enjoy ourselves as well!     If you can join us, could please bring your own tools (spade, garden fork, hand digger, garden rake – sorry!)   Please make sure have suitable gloves and wellies.

    In these wet winter days spring sometimes seems a long way off. Hopefully it will assert itself soon, and bring some ducks back to Eaglesfield Lilly Pond.

    Ducks at Eaglesfield Pond

    Ducks at Eaglesfield Pond

    • nicola 2:23 pm on February 16, 2014

      Mindless morons :( our boys have been so disappointed there have been no ducks on our last visits. We will put the 30 th in our diary!

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