November 22, 2015

Autumn Celebration

The rain held off last Sunday afternoon at Galleywall, though we had the awning and a gazebo up just in case! We got the kettle on, and Christine and Juliet brought cake and biscuits, as well as some marshmallows to
toast on the fire. 

It's definitely autumn now with leaves falling, and the rain does mean that the pond is filling up again after getting quite low during the dry summer. Hopefully all the frogs have found somewhere safe to see out the
winter and will return to lay frogspawn in the spring! 

The reserve won't be open in December or January, but our AGM is likely to be on the 19th January. All are welcome to attend in order to contribute ideas and energy for running the reserve. We're particularly looking for someone interested in permaculture, and individuals to plan our spring/summer 2016 events. Please do get in touch if you are interested.

November 09, 2015

Sun 15th Nov: Autumn Celebration!

After a fantastic fungi and foraging tour last month, join us again at Galleywall this coming Sunday (15th November) between 2 and 4pm for an Autumn Celebration. We'll have tea and cakes; as ever you can try out our Nature Trail and do some pond-dipping; and we'll do a bit of tidying up around the reserve as winter approaches.

The reserve won't be open in December and January, so this is your last chance for this year to come and enjoy our little bit of urban greenery. The weather is predicted to be mild so do come and join us.

October 04, 2015

Fungi and Foraging, Sunday 11th October

Fungi and foraging expert Roland Neal will be leading a tour round the nature reserve next weekend, at 2pm on Sunday 11th October. Come round to find out about the edible plants and fungi we can find in our little patch of urban greenery -- and the ones that you can't eat!

If you look carefully (they're very small...) you might also see some of this year's baby frogs still hanging out in the dark damp patches near the pond.

And as ever we'll get the kettle on the hearth for tea.

See you there, 2pm onwards, next Sunday!

July 22, 2015

Pop-Up Parks and Forest School this Sunday

Two events coming up at Galleywall this Sunday (26th July)!

Pop-Up Parks will be visiting between 10am and 4pm, bringing their fabulous play equipment and huge enthusiasm with them. It's absolutely free, so bring your kids along to try it all out.

Jenny will also be running another Forest School taster session between 2pm and 4pm, also absolutely free, and aimed at children aged between 2 and 12. Expect to investigate our mini-beasts (hopefully we'll get to see how the tadpoles are doing), explore the reserve, and cook some marshmallows over the fire!

As ever adults are also very welcome just to come and enjoy the space (and perhaps cook the odd marshmallow too), any time between 10am and 4pm. Hope to see you there!

June 13, 2015

Big Lunch 2015

Last week it was time again for the Big Lunch at Galleywall -- getting together for food and conversation with neighbours.

The human neighbours enjoying the afternoon

The tadpole neighbours busy growing legs

The bees making the most of the sunshine to gather nectar and pollen.

The weather was glorious and so was the food!

Veggies from local gardens gathered by Eddy, and cupcakes from Karen.

Scones warming on the new cob hearth.

Warm scones ready for cream and jam!

Christine with a baked potato from Andrew's raised bed.

Many thanks to Christine for organising it, and to everyone who contributed.

April 13, 2015

Clay and tadpoles

We had a really busy afternoon on Sunday, as illustrated by these photos:



Building the cob hearth

Cob hearth nearly complete

As our new gate is halfway installed now, we were able to put up the main sign (created last summer) and noticeboard

Next session is Sunday 26th April, 2pm-4pm. Forest School taster session for children, and adults can help us plant out various new plants behind the pond.

March 11, 2015

Reserve open this Sunday (March 15)!

It's spring at Galleywall!

We're still finalising the calendar of events for the year, but to start off with we are opening the reserve this coming Sunday (March 15th) for a general maintenance session and to plant some new plants on the slope behind the pond.

Come and enjoy the peace and quiet and find out some of our plans for the year, including a cob hearth building event (12th April), the Big Lunch (7th June), and permaculture and plant identification sessions.                                            

It would be great to see you this coming Sunday - just turn up between 1.30 and 3.30pm.

February 26, 2015

Skills Exchange at Elephant & Castle

HourBank (together with People's Bureau and Time4Southwark) are running a Skills Exchange event in March which looks great:

They say:

"Wander round our stalls, pick up some new skills, get something fixed, and have some fun."
Saturday 28th March, 11-4pm, at Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre.

Meanwhile, down on the Nature Reserve, spring is just started to poke its head up... Our first event this year will be Sunday 15th March, when we'll be doing some planting on the bank behind the pond. Watch this space for more information on the rest of the year -- we have lots planned!

January 08, 2015

Planning meeting, Tue 13th Jan

It would be great if you could come along to our planning meeting for this year which is scheduled for Tuesday January 13th 2015, 7 pm, at City Hope Church ,121 Drummond Road SE16 2JY, just round the corner from the Blue.

2015 at Galleywall Nature Reserve should be  good. We are hoping to install an improved rainwater harvesting system, get our raised beds regularly tended by local people, build a cob hearth and hold more days where children and their families can have fun cooking,  making hot drinks safely, and learning how to build and tend a real campfire.  

In addition we will be extending our habitat wall, applying to the Guinness book of records to be recognised as having the biggest bug hotel in London, improving our permaculture section and growing more wild food. We will be introducing bees to the reserve. 

We hope you can come and help us make these plans a reality. We need your help to open the reserve regularly, and to give us more ideas and build a reliable team to keep the reserve well looked after. DO come along and have your say.