Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Open Days 2023

Guided walk with a local nursery

The Friends will be reopening the Garthorne Road Nature Reserve for this year so the public can explore this quiet oasis in Forest Hill and see what will have been doing to improve the site over the winter shutdown. Bring along a picnic

Our Open Days are on the Third Saturday of each month from March – October.

March 18th

April 15th

May 20th

June 17th – Nature in Art

July 15th

August 19th

September 16th – Annual Bake-off

October 21st

November 18th.

Sorry No Dogs, BBQ’S or cycling allowed on the reserve

Please contact us:


Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Open Day today

The Friends are open the reserve today come and have a look around to see the wildlife and bring a picnic along if you want. .There will be some children activities such as hunting mini beasts as well a Tree Trail sheet as well.

Suggested donation £2
Please note there are no toilets on the site.
Sorry No Dogs or BBQ’S please.

The Garthorne Road Nature Reserve is run wholly by volunteers. Any profits or donations are used to maintain or improve the Nature Reserve and provide educational events for the local community. Donations to the reserve is welcomed.

The Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve conduct monthly volunteer days are on the second Saturday of each month and starts at 11am – 3.30pm. We meet at main entrance on Beadnell Road. The work ranges from controlling non-native species to surveying and recording the many wildlife species. if you wish to join us please reserve a place.

Further information can be found on the Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Volunteering page.As per government guidance, Covid-19 restrictions ended on Monday 19th July 2021 across England. However, the Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve will still maintain certain precautions across various areas of operation and Lewisham Council Nature Conservation managers have been given the choice to incorporate elements of previous guidance in order to make ourselves and volunteers feel comfortable and safe whilst volunteering.

How to find us:
Main gate is at North end of Beadnell Road next to the alleyway to Garthorne Road.

Conservation volunteering for 2022

Volunteer cutting stakes for dead hedging

The Friends are restarting their Conservation volunteering after the break and we be extending the session to 2 per month during the winter and will be doing a range of jobs such as constructing dead hedges to clearing invasive species to improve the sites biodiversity if you are interested please click one of the button below to book your place for the forthcoming dates.

Saturday 8th January 2022


Saturday 22nd January

Please book your place go to Garthorne Road Nature Reserve volunteering page. Please bring lunch and drinking water and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy shoes (preferably steel toe cap boots). Please bring own work gloves if you have your own?, as we have limited amount and will be washed after use.There is no toilets on site you can find a bush if requiredTickets will be offered on a first come first serve basis. 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’ll continue to maintain the following precautions: Volunteer numbers will be limited per session (may increase or decrease depending on site/activity).Please do not attend if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been asked to isolate by the NHS Test and Trace.If you do have Covid-19 symptoms or need to isolate and get tested, please inform me should you test positive after recently attending a volunteer session. I will then inform other attendees and advise/take the necessary safety precautions.

Public Transport:

Nearest Railway Station: Honor Oak Park (10 mins), Buses: Honor Oak Park P4,P12 (10 mins), Brockley Rise : 122,171,171 (10 mins), Stanstead Road 185,122 (15 mins)

Reserve Open Day

Saturday 21th August

2 – 5 pm

No pre-booking required

The Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve  are once again opening up the reserve for the public. Come and explore this quiet wildlife oasis bring a picnic and do the tree trail or mini beast hunt.

Suggested donation £2

We are co-vid safe but please wear a mask if queuing occurs and keep your distance from other visitors

Are you interested in helping out?. We have regular workdays to maintain the reserve ranging from cutting the paths to controlling invasive species and building dead hedges for mammals

2nd Saturday of each month, ours next one is:

11th September

16th October

We open the reserve to the public from April to October and are looking for volunteers to help us?.


Hand sanitiser will be available

We will be maintaining a 2m distance at all times.

Garthorne Road Nature Reserve it totally run and maintained by volunteers in partnership with Lewisham Council,  are you interested  in getting involved in the Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve (FoGNNR) volunteering as a  committee member or assist in managing the reserve on the  monthly workdays which are either on a Saturday or Sunday you can stay for as little or the whole day as you wish?

Spotlight on Garthorne Road Nature Reserve – Wood Warbler

Recently, I was sent some articles from the Chair of the Friends.  These articles were in the former Friends of  the Great North Wood newsletter The Wood Warbler.  The Great North Wood once stretched from Deptford to Selhurst.  The largest remaining area of the Great north Wood is Dulwich Wood and Sydenham Hill Woods, both managed by London Wildlife Trust.

I am not sure how old this ‘Spoltlight on….. Garthorne Road Nature Reserve’ is, but the information is correct, including the overall management aim ‘to maintain a mosaic of habitats.’!

Article from Wood Warbler
Article from Wood Warbler

There are a number of other articles which you might find interesting.  These are about the same tract of railway (New Cross – Forest Hill) and the water courses of the Great North Wood.

A Railside Green for 2000
Spotlight on New Cross Gate Cutting (Brockley Nature Reserve)
The Great North Wood Water Courses 1
The Great North Wood Water Courses 2