Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

An oasis of calm in Forest Hill


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Garthorne Road Open Day – 20 May 2018

The top meadow at Garthorne Road

Sunday 20th May 2018 – 10am – 1pm

The Friends will be opening the reserve come and explore this green oasis and bring a picnic and get closer to nature. The spring flowers have sprung and the birds are singing and the butterflies are fluttering.

For further information contact or to join our events , volunteers and newsletter mailing list, please contact the Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve.

Entrance: Beadnell Road

No Barbecues or Dogs

E-mail: contact@friendsofgarthorneroad.com
Facebook :https://www.facebook.com/groups/Friendsofgarthorneroadnaturereserve/
Website : garthorneroadnaturereserve.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Garthorneroadnr

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Our new sign is on its way!

The new sign for Garthorne Road

After a lot of hard work, the new sign for Garthorne Road is on its way.  This sign is similar in style to the ones at some of the Council’s other reserves such as Devonshire Road, Burnt Ash Pond and Grove Park.  It will now feel more part of the ‘family’ and it is very welcome.  A huge thank you to all of the friends, the children of Dalmain Primary School who did the designs and of course Rebecca Woodall, who put the whole thing together.

The sign itself, was made possible thanks to the Kenneth White legacy Award.


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Garthorne Road workday 11th February 2017 10am-1pm

Nature's Gym workday

Garthorne Road workday

The Friends first task-day will be to clear invasive species to open up the woodland floor to allow the light to reach it for the flora to expand.  Tools will be supplied.  We have a few pairs of gloves, but please bring your own if you have them


Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather

For further information contact the Friends



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Friends of Garthorne Road minutes and funding

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The latest Friends Group minutes are now available for all to view.  At this latest meeting the Friends discussed how they should spend their £2500 funding on.  The grant is specifically to improve the entrance to the site, but there are a lot of options open to them.

The funding has come as part of the Kenneth White legacy.  Kenneth White, ‘was a widely published author of local environmental, social and geographical issues.’  He sadly passed away in 2012, but bequeathed some money to Lewisham’s Nature Reserves.  It was agreed by the Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership that part of this money should be used as grants which for local Friends Groups could bid for to make improvements to their site.  The first of these grants was awarded to the Friends of Garthorne Road to improve the entrance to the nature reserve and make it more welcoming.


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Nature’s Gym workday at Garthorne Road

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Creating butterfly scallops

The Nature’s Gym spent a happy few hours in Garthorne Road last week (18th August 2016), creating butterfly scallops in the woodland.  Even as we were working we saw meadow browns and large whites and a few others that refused to keep still, so we couldn’t identify them.  This is an on going management plan and hopefully will result in more butterflies and with any luck some flora. We did uncover some purple loosestrife and rosebay willow herb, and I think there may be a number of other dormant plants just waiting to be uncovered!

Why create scallops?

Woodlands are fantastic habitats for wildlife and including the 40 species of British butterfly. Open space is the most important part of a woodland for butterflies, especially on its edge habitat where the warmest conditions are to be found.  Many woodlands have lost this vital habitat, but they are easy to recreate.  The best woodland edges support a varied habitat structure.  Cutting scallops creates a varied, zoned edge structure and also reduce shading along the adjacent ride and have great potential to improve any existing ride side butterfly habitat. They will increase the overall structural diversity of the woodland and provide sheltered herb-rich grassy areas.

We have followed the ‘Linear Cutting Regime’ with offset scallops) – which creates a far more varied habitat. For more information on scallops and why they are a great way to create new habitats, you might find this leaflet from The Butterfly Conservation Trust useful.

(Lots more information can be found on the Butterfly Conservation Trust website)

Other wildlife found in Garthorne Road


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AGM 2016 minutes available

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The Constitution was agreed and signed!

The Friends of Garthorne Road held their AGM on 19th June 2016.  At the meeting the Constitution and Committee were confirmed.  This is great news and a huge step forward for the group. Congratulations to everyone involved.

They have a lot of exciting plans for the Summer, including Open Days, surveys and work days to help improve the site and find out what lives there!  They would really like to smarten up the entrance to the site, because it can be difficult to find and isn’t very welcoming. Keep an eye out here for future developments.