Natures Gym Work Day

Volunteers from Lewisham’s Natures Gym visited the reserve today, for the first of two days work kindly arranged by Jess and Judith.

None of the volunteers had visited the Cutting before, although a few had passed by on ocassion and wondered what lay beyond the verdant horsetail. All were surprised just how big the site is once you pass beyond the deceptively shallow front area!

Volunteers divided into two groups; clearing bramble and willow herb that has spread within the reed bed area, as well making a start on removing bindweed and bramble from the front fence line, in preparation for the No Car Day event on 22nd September.

We’d liked to say a big Thank You to all that came along, and hope they come again soon!

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Reed Robins Forest Clubs Summers Sessions are a Hit!

This Summer the Buckthorne Cutting was host to a series of forest club sessions for children from 2 years old up to 12 years old. Children enjoyed finding woodpecker holes, hunting for the grey wolf and making gifts for the Brockley Bogglin amongst many other things. An after school club will be running from September and children will get to enjoy the outdoor classroom space that will be created by the University of East London.

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Fourth Reserve working towards Sanctuary Garden status for Lewisham

Green spaces especially woodlands are proven therapeutic places for people who may need a calm space to overcome trauma or mental health difficulties. Migrants, asylum seekers and refugees have usually been displaced from their homes, families and may have seen or endured damaging experiences.

Sanctuary gardens are quiet green spaces that give opportunities for individuals to heal through growing flowers/vegetables, walking amongst the trees and experiencing peace. The Fourth Reserve are partnering with Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network to help make the Buckthorne Cutting Nature Reserve a Lewisham Sanctuary Garden.