Volunteer conservation workdays Spring 2021

Update

23rd March 2021

We have been allowed permission by Lewisham Council to restart our Conservation workdays (weather permitting) a on the following dates

Saturday 10th April (Booking required) maximum numbers of 5 volunteers

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 waitlist 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.

We will be putting in some path edging to prevent trampling to allow the ground flora flourish and in the afternoon we will be doing tree Id training.

We are Covid safe and have prevention measures in place. Please follow these guide. Because it is a closed site to the public making it easier to maintain social distancing. We’ll be running volunteering a bit differently to keep everyone safe and will be maintaining the following precautions:

Please do not attend if you have symptoms of COVID-19

Please avoid using public transport if you can

Hand washing facilities and hand sanitiser will be available

Please bring your own gardening gloves if you have them? otherwise we will supply you with an clean washed pair of gloves.

We won’t be providing hot drinks or biscuits so please bring your own if you would like to

We will be maintaining a 2m distance at all times

We will be limiting volunteer numbers to 6 including the leader per workday

We will disinfect tools before and after each session

Please wash clothes that you wear to the sessions regularly

We have be doing some heavy tasks and will require steel toe footwear and they will also be some tasks available that don’t require these but if you have some please bring them.

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!

Many thanks and see you soon!

Reopening of Reserve for Public Open Days

The Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve are pleased to announce that the Garthorne Road nature reserve can now allow public access with permission from Lewisham Council but under CO-VID 19 restrictions. Please either walk or cycle if possible you can secure your bike inside the reserve limited space avaible and avoid using public transport.

The site is open on the 3rd Saturday of the month between April – October between 12noon – 4pm. A member of the Friends Group will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Please go to the Open Days page for further details

Family of resident foxes

Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Annual General Meeting

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Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve AGM

Tuesday 26th January 2021

20:00 – 21:30

The Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve are holding their AGM to elect the following committee members who plays an important part to the running of the group.

  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Media & Communications
  • Committee Members up to 9

Are you interested in getting involved in the Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve (FoGRNR), volunteering as a committee member, or assisting in managing the reserve on the monthly workdays which are either on a Saturday or Sunday? You can stay for as little a time or the whole day as you wish? please contact the secretary.
E-mail: garthorne.reserve@gmail.com

After the AGM we will be having a committee meeting to discuss about future events and conservation workdays also the proposal to install bee hives on the reserve.

Volunteer conservation workdays 2021

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Green lanes of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

6th January 2021

Happy New Year from the Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

Has we enter this New Year and the further spread and increase of the COVID virus and the risk, also been is now Tier 4 and we take the responsibility of our volunteers seriously and don’t want to put them at further risk so we unfortunaly have been requested by Lewisham Council to cancelling the forthcoming Conservation workdays until further notice. Please keep checking on the website.

  • Please do not attend if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or in an vulnerable group.
  • Please avoid using public transport if you can
  • Hand washing facilities and hand sanitiser will be available
  • We have a limited number of clean 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 to
  • We will be maintaining a 2m distance at all times
  • We will be limiting volunteer numbers to 8 per session
  • We will disinfect tools before and after each session
  • Please wash clothes that you wear to the sessions regularly

Please either walk or cycle if possible you can secure your bike inside the reserve limited space avaible and avoid using public transport.

Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Bake – off and Reserve Open Day 2020

Saturday 19th September

12:00 – 4:00PM

Following completion of a covid-secure risk assessment, this year’s bake-off event will look a little different to last year’s. Please read the following bullet points:


There are two trophies to be won – Best Baker and Best Junior Baker. It would be helpful if you could email us in advance (garthorne.reserve@gmail.com) letting us know if you plan to enter and in which category you would want your cakes judged
• All entrants must bake cupcake or muffin style cakes in individual cases or wrappers
• All cakes should be brought to the reserve between 11:30 and 12:00 on Saturday 19 September. We will keep one cake for judging and sell the rest during the open day (12:00-16:00)
• The booking system for the open day is now open. You can book your visit to the reserve on 19 September here
• Judging will take place at 15:00 and the winners will be notified. They can return to collect their trophies in a public, socially-distanced presentation ceremony at 15:45

Kindly supported by

Estate Agents,

61 Honor Oak Park
Forest Hill
London SE23 1EA

Volunteer conservation workdays

Green lanes of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

Update

23rd March 2021

We have been allowed permission by Lewisham Council to restart our Conservation workdays (weather permitting) a on the following dates

Saturday 10th April (Booking required) maximum numbers of 5 volunteers

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 waitlist 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.

We will be putting in some path edging to prevent trampling to allow the ground flora flourish and in the afternoon we will be doing tree Id training.

We are Covid safe and have prevention measures in place. Please follow these guide. Because it is a closed site to the public making it easier to maintain social distancing. We’ll be running volunteering a bit differently to keep everyone safe and will be maintaining the following precautions:

Please do not attend if you have symptoms of COVID-19

Please avoid using public transport if you can

Hand washing facilities and hand sanitiser will be available

Please bring your own gardening gloves if you have them? otherwise we will supply you with an clean washed pair of gloves.

We won’t be providing hot drinks or biscuits so please bring your own if you would like to

We will be maintaining a 2m distance at all times

We will be limiting volunteer numbers to 6 including the leader per workday

We will disinfect tools before and after each session

Please wash clothes that you wear to the sessions regularly

We have be doing some heavy tasks and will require steel toe footwear and they will also be some tasks available that don’t require these but if you have some please bring them.

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!

Many thanks and see you soon!

Cancellation of all Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve events

COVID – 19 Coronavirus

The Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve committee has taken the difficult decision of cancellation of all the groups upcoming workdays and events including Open Days in line with the government’s new advice to avoid non-essential travel and contact.

Blackthorn blossom

If you are symptom free, we encourage you to get outside and enjoy the weather and enjoy the spring weather and emerging flowers like the blackthorn blossom above. Nature reserves such as One Tree Hill or Sydenham Hill and Dulwich woods are still open or local parks such as Horniman Gardens (Museum is closed), Hilly Fields or Dulwich Park. Please avoid public transport and close contact with others by social distancing ensuring you are 2 metres away from other people (Unless it is you same householder member(s) when you are out and about.

It’s a real shame that we’ll have to take a break from all the fantastic work we’ve been doing but I’d like to take this moment to thank you for the volunteers who have helped improve the reserve with their hard work and dedication over the last few months.

We apologies to everyone who was planning to attend upcoming workdays and will let you know of any changes to the groups position on this as they occur.
Please keeping checking the groups multi -media pages or contact us by e-mail.

Website: Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

Facebook: Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

Twitter: @garthorneroadnr

E-mail: garthorne.reserve@gmail.com

Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Taskday

Beadnell Road Dead -hedge

Saturday 7th March

11:00 – 3:30pm

Upcoming Dates
Please note, some activities are subject to change.

Saturday 7th  March

We will be extending the deadhedging from the already cut materials and if no nesting birds and will continue to cut out invasive species andplant the last donated Hornbeam sapling.

Saturday 4th April

Friends will be installing path edging to keep the visitors on the right path and to stop the been widen. In the afternoon will be surveying for first signs of spring.

What you need to know

 All workdays run from 11:00 -15:30 with break for lunch at 1pm. 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. 

For further information see below

E-mail : garthorne.reserve@gmail.com

Facebook : Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

Website: Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

Twitter: @garthorneroadnr

Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Volunteer Task day

Volunteer taking out invasive species

Saturday 8th February

11am – 3:30pm

The Friends will be doing some more invasive species eradication of Holm oak and garden escapes such as snowberry. We will also continue to extend the dead hedging to allow small mammals such as hedgehogs and invertebrates to shelter.

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 supply gloves but have limited supply, please bring gardening gloves if you have them and wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather and safety. Please bring food and drink 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

E-mail: garthorne.reserve@gmail.com

Website: Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

Facebook: Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

Twitter: @garthorneroadnr

Lewisham Conservation Officer:  jessica.kyle@lewisham.gov.uk

Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Annual General Meeting


Tuesday 28th January
8:00pm

Honor Oak Pub, 1 Saint German’s Road, Honor Oak, London SE23 1RH

The Friends will be holding their Annual General Meeting to elect voluntary committee members of Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and 4 other members for this year, If you are interested in getting involved please either leave a post or e-mail at garthorne.reserve@gmail.com before Sunday 26th January.

Following the AGM we will hold our quarterly committee meeting, come and see what events & activities we have planned for 2020. All our committee meetings are open to members and non members.

E-mail Garthorne.reserve@gmail.com
Website: Garthorne Road Nature Reserve
Facebook: Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve
Twitter: @garthorneroadnr