In 2022 we saw the return to regularly scheduled programming, with a full programme of Low Tide Walks and public events, and 3 full terms of school visits. It was a delight to welcome so many people to Creekside again, many for the first time. Some highlights of the year include:
- Our Dawn Walk for London Rivers Week in July
- The hugely successful Open Day in September, where an army of volunteers and staff helped to entertain and feed hundreds of visitors
- The volunteer-led Art Week in June with a varied series of activities - Mud Day was a particular favourite!
- STEM Club activities with students from Deptford Green and visitors during the summer break
- Primary schools returning to us with confidence - seeing and hearing the joy of the young people was fantastic
- More Universities engaging with our work - this year we worked with Goldsmiths, University of Greenwich, University of Westminster, and even Drew University from the United States!
A huge thanks to all the volunteers who help to maintain the habitats that make Creekside so special, those who assist with public events and school visits, and those who help with administration, art and displays, and so much more. A big thank you to all our visitors and collaborators over the past 12 months as well. We want to make Creekside even more welcoming and accessible to extend our impact on the way people think about and relate to urban wildlife. With this in mind, we have some plans for 2023...
Volunteers and staff on our recent social Winter Walk
Looking forward to 2023
Over the coming months we will be extending our recently launched 'Open Site' events. We want to open our gates so that people can just drop in, explore the space, speak to staff and volunteers, and find out more about what we do and why we do it. All events will be completely free. We will be opening up on the 1st Sunday of each month and the 2nd Friday of each month. Every Open Friday event will include family friendly activities for anyone who might be stopping by after doing the school pick-up.
We will also be continuing our Creek Know-how activity which aims to give people some more insight into the practicalities of working in a tidal Creek, and empower people to safely explore wild area independently. Low Tide Walks for the first part of the year are already planned and you can book your place on our events page.
As well as our planned public activities we are also have several collaborations in the works with local artists, schools, and other organisations.
How can you get involved?
- Volunteer to help out with our Open Site activities!
- Drop-in to one of the Open Site activities and learn more about our work
- Book a ticket to attend an event. All ticket sales help to fund our conservation and education work
- If you have a project that aligns with our conservation and education aims, which will be beneficial to wildlife and the local community get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pick up a publication about Deptford Creek at our Centre
Thanks again to everyone who has supported our work this year - we look forward to meeting many of you again and to a productive and wild 2023!
The Creekside Team< O tidings of the Creek Discover Your Wilderhood >