Sunday, 17 June 2018

Come and join in the London Rivers Week launch 2018 on Sunday June 24, 12-3pm

Ladywell Fields is now recognised one of the capital’s best riverside locations.  This years London Rivers Week launch and Citizen Science Showcase will be held near the Good Hope Café in the North Field. 

Join this family-friendly celebration of London’s rivers.   There will be free fun activities, enabling you to discover and explore the Ravensbourne and learn about exciting river projects all across the city:

  • The secret life of the river: See and hear the river with our underwater camera and hydrophones
  • Test drive a brand new prototype ‘pollution detective’ mini boat (and give it a name!)
  • River dipping and mini-beast monitoring
  • Arts projects and Nordic walking
  • A guided wade along the Ravensbourne river

Londoners who value their rivers and want to find out more about the secrets of the 600km network across the capital can connect with them in more ways than ever before.  The week, now in its third year, has the theme of ‘Valuing Water’ and will showcase some of these new ways the public can get involved, including through plastic litter picks, collecting plastic data, monitoring eels and dragonflies, and by test driving prototype pollution-testing lab boats.  Otters, trout, bats, kingfishers and eels all use London rivers - but they need help from the public to survive and thrive, in the face of plastic pollution, sewage and the impacts of climate change.
A full list of London-wide events can be found at

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Ladywell Fields User Group meeting, Wednesday 6 June 2018, 7pm

Venue:  Environmental Studies room in the North Field (adjacent to Ladywell railway station)

On the Agenda:
  • Notes of last meeting and any issues raised 
  • Works carried out under Catford Green development S106 Agreement (Jordan Ogbeide-Ihama from LBL Greenscene)
  • New tennis courts (Written update by Andy Thomas LB Lewisham) 
  • Proposed park leaflet (Tim Gluckman, LFUG Secretary)
  • Upcoming volunteering sessions, tbc
  • Food and Fun event on Sat 28th July (Catford Community Association,   
The meeting was followed by a walk about in the park with opportunities for informal discussion of park issues and proposals for investing planning gain funding (such as improving the basketball court, sponsored group exercise sessions, outdoor gym equipment, or improving the skate park).

The minutes of the meeting can be viewed here.

The date of the next meeting will be Wednesday 19 Sept 2018, 7pm.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

New shared path for Ladywell Fields

Construction on the new cycle/pedestrian path in the Middle Fields is now completed.  It links the Catford Green Development to the Ravensbourne bridge, connecting to the existing main path in the Middle Fields.  Now that the path has been laid, the next stages of work include the installation of lamp posts, tree planting along the route, and the placement of benches and other park furniture. 

Works in early May 2018
The path had been a condition of the planning consent granted to Barratts for the development on the old greyhound stadium site. The tarmacked surface replaces what had become a well worn, informal foot path along the 'desire line' chosen by park users.  It retains a large section of the middle field, facing the north field and adventure playground, to be used for football playing, dog walking etc.

Works in April 2018

The design of the path and the route had been discussed at User Group meetings in 2017 and 2019.  Anyone interested in getting involved with future changes to the park is welcome to join the User Group mailing list and come to the meetings which are always well publicised in the notice boards in the park.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Mysterious Circles in Ladywell Fields

These strange markings of unknown origin appeared on the ground at the curly bridge.  Get in touch if you can decipher their significance or shed light on their provenance 😉

Ladywell Fields Orchard Volunteer Session, Sunday 6th May 10.30am-12.00noon

We spent a glorious, easy going Sunday morning pruning the row of plum trees in the Ladywell Fields community orchard.  We snipped, cut and sawed to keep the trees growing healthily and into good shape.  The buds are already promising a rich harvest for this year.  We were a small group, giving everyone even better opportunity to benefit from Caroline's expert instruction. Thanks to all who took part in the volunteering.  
Next time you walk through the south field, take a look at our beautiful trees--and don't miss out on trying the fruit when the plums have ripened.