Volunteer conservation workdays

Green lanes of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

Update

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

An maximum numbers of 10 volunteers plus the workday task leader.

Then on the 2nd Saturday of each month. This to allow us to know how volunteers and ensure enough tools and gloves available.

10th July 14th August 11th September

9th October 13th November & 11th December

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 10 plus 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

Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Taskday

Saturday 11th January 2020

11:00am -3:30pm

The Friends will be taking out invasive species such as Snowberry and Holm Oak and will creating a dead hedge to encourage Hedgehogs and invertebrates to use. After lunch a winter walking looking for wildlife and tree ID for volunteers.

Please Note: Change to contact details for tomorrow’s Taskday : Due to having an broken phone , please either use the group’s e-mail at: garthorne.reserve@gmail.com. or leave a message if you wish to attend . If arriving on the day please wait at the gate and I will be checking the entrance about every half hour?. Sorry for inconvenience caused ?.

All the workdays run from 11am – 3:3:30pm with a break about 1pm, bring food and drink if required. Please let us know so we can provide sufficient tools for the number of volunteers expected and please let as know when at the gate by phoning or texting Ernie (Chair and Taskday organiser) or you are coming at the last minute on 07707023359 as the gate is kept closed due to licence conditions by Network Rail.

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 (No sandals please).

The program of taskdays is subject to change or cancellation at short notice due to weather conditions and other matter out of the control of the friends groups. Tasks maybe swapped between workdays as necessary.

No Barbeques or dogs please

You can follow us on
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

Volunteer taking out invasive species

Saturday 21st December 2019

11am – 3:30pm

The Friends will be taking out invasive species such as Snowberry and Holm Oak and will creating a dead hedge to encourage hedgehogs and invertebrates to use. Also planting a Hornbeam tree.

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 (No sandals please).

The program of taskdays is subject to change or cancellation at short notice due to weather conditions and other matter out of the control of the friends groups. Tasks maybe swapped between workdays as necessary and maybe subject to weather conditions and will be cancelled at sometimes very short notice due to high winds or rain is forecasted.

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

Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Taskday

volunteer taking out invasive species

Saturday 30th November 2019

11am – 3:30pm

The Friends will be taking out invasive species such as Snowberry and Holm Oak and will creating a dead hedge to encourage Hedgehogs and invertebrates to use. Also planting a Hornbeam tree.

All the workdays run from 11am – 3:3:30pm with a break about 1pm, bring food and drink if required. Please let us know so we can provide sufficient tools for the number of volunteers expected and please let as know when at the gate by phoning or texting Ernie (Chair and Taskday organiser) or you are coming at the last minute on 07707023359 as the gate is kept closed due to licence conditions by Network Rail.

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 (No sandals please). The program of taskdays is subject to change or cancellation at short notice due to weather conditions and other matter out of the control of the friends groups. Tasks maybe swapped between workdays as necessary and maybe subject to weather conditions and will be cancelled at sometimes very short notice due to high winds or rain is forecasted

No Barbeques or dogs please

You can follow us on

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

Workday results for 19th October 2019

The Friends cleared the Beadnell Road meadow area of encroaching Ash, Hawthorn and Clematis and with the arisings we continued to extend the dead hedging at the top of the meadow and removed some small ash and sycamores trees from around the site.

If you are interested in joining the friends to manage the site we have monthly weekend workdays, for further information check the Autumn & Winter workday page

E-mail: garthorne.nature@gmail.com

Website: Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

Facebook: Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

Twitter: @garthorneroadnr

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

Winter/Spring Volunteers Task days 2020

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Volunteer helping construct steps

Winter/Spring Volunteer Task Days 2020


Saturday 8th February
Clearing invasive species and creating dead hedging to stop trampling to the woodland floor


Saturday 7th March

Installing path edging to stop trampling and widening of paths and allow important species to flourish, also making 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.

Sorry no on-site toilets 

No children under 16 please (Due to insurance reasons)

Please bring food and drink if required. 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.

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.nature@gmail.com
Website: Garthorne Road Nature Reserve
Facebook: Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve
Twitter: @garthorneroadnr
Lewisham Conservation Officer: jessica.kyle@lewisham.gov.uk