Project: Dead-Hedge is a program of constructing these structures around the site to stop trampling of the ground flora and provide a habitat for insects and hedgehogs. We are using the cut brash from the line-side clearance by Network Rail and putting in posts and filled them with the cut martials.
The friends do regularly workdays from step construction to tree felling to improve the important areas from becoming scrub and loss of important grassland areas.
We had a good turn out on this taskday with five willing volunteers to constructed a set of steps and handrails in between the earth embankment which is probably from earthworks of the construction of the railway. We also done some habitat creation building a dead hedge which will be shelter for insects and hedgehogs and a litter pick.
The friends maintain and manage the reserve on behalf of Lewisham Council Conservation Section to enhance the biodiversity of the site.
Garthorne Road Nature Reserve will be open this Saturday 20th April between 2pm-4pm. A member of the Friends Group will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. If you are keen to become a member of the Friends, please let them know or contact them using one of the many ways listed here.
They are keen for new members to join to help them keep this site as a great haven for nature and to help them have regular open days so lots of people can experience the site in all its glory.
The Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve are please to announce that we are reintroducing our monthly conservation workdays which will be on a second Saturday of the month from August to October. There will be some changes to the way we operate them to keep everyone safe and will be maintaining the following precautions. Please book your place using the Eventbrite booking below:
Please do not attend if you have symptoms of COVID-19
Hand sanitiser will be available
We have limited amount of gloves please bring your own if you have them
We won’t be providing hot drinks or biscuits so please bring your own if you would like
We will be maintaining a 2m distance at all times
We will be limiting volunteer numbers to 6 per session
Tools will be disinfected after each session
Please wash clothes that you wear to the sessions regularly
Please bring lunch and drinking water and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy shoes (preferably steel toe cap boots).
Please note there are no toilets on the site but you are welcome to find a bush
Please meet at the main gate at 11:00am as the gate will be locked to prevent unauthorised access.
Tasks to be formed
Installing path edging
Removal of regrowth of invasive species such as holm oak
Extend and top up dead hedging
Tickets will be offered on a first come first serve basis. We ask that you don’t book on to two consecutive sessions so that everyone gets a chance to volunteer. There will be a waiting list so if you book a ticket but something comes up and you can no longer attend please cancel your ticket on Eventbrite so that it will become available for someone else.
Please Note: All Friends Volunteer Taskdays has been cancelled due to the CO-VID 19 Virus please see Eventspage for further details.
Saturday 8th February
Clearing invasive species to allow native species to flourish and creating dead hedging to create habitats for hedgehogs and invertebrates.
Saturday 7th March
Installing path edging to stop visitors trampling the flowers and making the steps safer.
What you need to know
All workdays run 11am-3:30pm. Please let us know which sessions you would like to come to so that we can provide sufficient tools and for the number of volunteers we are expecting and please note the gate will be locked to stop unauthorised access, please contact me by text or phone on 07707023359 so we can let you in. If you are letting us know at the last minute please text Ernie (Chair and task days organiser) on the above number.
We have gloves in limited supply, please bring gardening gloves if you have them and wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather and safety. Please bring food and drinks if required.
This program workdays is subject to change or cancellation at short notice due to weather conditions such as rain or high winds and other matters out of the control of the friends group. Tasks maybe swapped between workdays as necessary.
If you require more information please contact the