Project Greenshare – “Skill-sharing in Greenwich”

Project Category: Informal community groupProject Tags: Volunteering, Community, Gardening, Education and Older People

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    Current  Workshops

    April – Eltham / May- Kidbrooke /  June-Thamesmead

    18 April – Eltham Park South  9.30-12.30 (times tbc) –

    HOSTED BY: Friends of Eltham Parks with Eltham Ecos

    “Wildflowers & pollinators for garden and meadows” workshop and walk with Ecologist Joe Beale – see Joe on twitter:  @joe_beale –  This morning workshop is for Friends Groups, families and interested individuals Come along to learn or share some hands-on practical wildlfower  meadow and gardening skills.

    23 May. Kidbrooke Village –  Cator Park (North & South)

    Host: Fay Smith (LWT-Volunteering Officer at Kidbrooke Village ) Funded by Berkely Homes

    BIO BLITZ.  learn how to do a  ‘citizen survey’ of Butterflies, Birds  Dragonflies Pondlife,  Insects Spiders, Wildflowers, Trees and Shrubs A family friendly day: Come and learn from the professionals (which includes volunteers) about the wildlife on site and help with monitoring different species

    6th June – Claridge Way, Thamesmead, SE28 8AS.

    Claridge Way Growing Garden – Food Growing and the Co-Design Process with Schools and Local Residents.

    BUSES: 244, 301 472,  B11  Road parking available on Waterfield Close and Oriole Way off of Bentham Road.

    Peabody worked with local residents and schools to identify the need for a new Growing Garden on Claridge Way.  This will be the first summer for the garden- it was built early in 2020.

    • Peabody Gardener in Residence, Kat Wojnar, will share techniques for working in the garden with schools and the community.  Kat is currently working across Thamesmead to support people in growing and propagating their own plants for food and enjoyment.
    • Peabody Landscape Activation Manager, Jack Gower, will talk about the Co-Design process and the wider Making Space for Nature Programme in Thamesmead. (including Tump 53 Nature Reserve Education Programme and the wider Gardening Project).

    Thamesmead Making Space for Nature Programme is partly funded by a grant from European Union’s Horizons 2020.

    July   Date TBC.  Woodlands Farm Orchard .   Orchard management . Summer pruning etc

    Get in touch if you can help promote the project or want to know more about a workshop.  Project Greenshare / Skillshare co-ordinator : richstories123(at)gmail.com

    Greenshare / Skillshare is a project is run by Volunteers active in parks, garden and orchard projects in Greenwich.  We wanted to find a way to share skills and resources with other groups.  In February 2020 – after a year of “dreaming and scheming” – we  were granted funding by the national lottery  Community Fund  -see more at  #CelebrateNationalLottery25

    This funding  will be spread thin – but will pay  a little towards workshop costs (leader fee (if needed), publicity and donation to venue)  for six “skillsharing” workshops – April- October 2020.

    The focus is on practical skills that can support people setting up or  managing a variety of  ‘green spaces’ . From a neighbourhood flower bed to park, orchard or woodland.  It is helpful to hear from Greenwich groups and individuals what skills people may need or want to learn – the “menu” for most events can be flexible – and we would love to see volunteers of all ages sharing and learning skills.

    We would suggest that the workshops can also be an opportunity to  share resources  -where appropriate – amongst established groups  that manage  – or seek to manage – community and school gardens, estate flower beds, parks, woodlands, forest school sites. (eg seed,  donated plants, cuttings, saplings, mulch, harvest- or even unwanted tools ?)

    New to gardening and conservation ?

    Where possible we want to offer an introduction to people new to conservation and gardening – and the skillshare workshops could ideally connect them to  local sites and volunteering opportunities.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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