Project: Dead-Hedge 14th April taskday results

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.

If you are interested in joining the Friends on one of their taskday check it out on our Spring-summer Workday 2019 page.


Taskday 9th March results

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.

We will be doing some taskdays during the summer with some more steps construction and habitat creation such as dead hedges and enhancing the glade areas. Check the Spring and Summer workday 2019 section.

Garthorne Road Open Day 20th April 2pm-4pm

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.

Spring Volunteer taskdays for 2020 restarted

Friday 31st July

Volunteer taking out invasive species

Conservation workdays

Saturday 8th August

Saturday 12th September

Saturday 10th October

11:00am – 3:30pm

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
  • Butterfly transect

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.

If you have any questions please get in contact at

Many thanks and look forward to seeing you soon!

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Please Note: All Friends Volunteer Taskdays has been cancelled due to the CO-VID 19 Virus please see Events page 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

Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve


Website: Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

Facebook: Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

Twitter: @garthorneroadnr

Lewisham Conservation Officer: