Spring outside


April is Stress Awareness month and also Action for Happiness’ Active April. Now that we have light evenings and some good weather on the way to improve our moods, there are lots of local projects to entice us outside.

Here at VAL we recently hosted GCDA’s training for local walk leaders who run friendly walking groups on most days of the week, starting from locations all over the borough – have a look at https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/lewisham-healthy-walks

Grove Park Community Group also have a regular walking group that meets on Wednesday mornings see details here

For the gardeners amongst us there are lots of local opportunities. Deptford Folk and Trees for Cities are planting new trees in the local area. Their next planting session will be in Sayes Court Park on Saturday 7 April followed by a community lunch – sign up here


Capital Growth are promoting a number of Big Dig gardening events on Saturday 21 April with local events at the Springbank Road Community Garden in Hither Green, Wildcat Wilderness in Catford and the Albany Gardening Club in Deptford. You can see a map of London events here

Frendsbury Gardens in Brockley run a low-cost monthly bug club for under-12s and will be hosting a free gardening workshop on Saturday 10 May where you can learn about organic weed control methods.

Lewisham is full of community gardens including Besson Street Community Garden in New Cross Gate, Farmstead Road community garden in Bellingham and Sydenham Garden that provides therapeutic gardening for people with mental health problems or other significant illness.

And if you just want to go for a walk, don’t forget wonderful Beckenham Place Park with its café and community space at the mansion house.

If you are interested in short or long term volunteering opportunities with local community gardens and outdoor projects please contact Aparna Sapre on 020 3778 0664 or email aparna@valewisham.org.uk


And for more ideas on how to get active in April, have a look at the Action for Happiness calendar of ideas …