A successful Bake Off at Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

The Friends of Garthorne Road held a very successful Bake Off. It was all in the aid of the reserve and the Friends will be buying some bat and bird boxes to enhance the biodiversity of the reserve. Two local businesses helped by providing taster, Sebastian Roche and The Honor Oak Provender. Sebastian Roche also kindly provided 2 trophies for the winners, one best bake and one best bake under 16.

There were a lot of delicious cakes on display!

A big thank you to the Friends who did some great work organising the event and being there on the day to make sure all went well.

Of course, thanks to everyone that baked a cake or came along to buy and taste. We made enough money to buy a few/bird and bat boxes and hopefully someone will take up residence soon!

Garthorne Road Open Day 18th May 2019

The first Open Day of the year was a huge success with over 40 people coming to visit. The Friends are really happy that so many people are keen to be involved in this wonderful site.

Garthorne Road Nature Reserve will be open on Saturday 18th May 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.

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.

Open Days at Garthorne Road 2020

Open Days at the reserve 2020

The site will open on the 3rd Saturday of the month between April – September between 2pm-4pm. A member of the Friends Group will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

The reserve is now closed for the winter and will reopen in April 2020. The friends will still be managing the site throughout the winter – see Autumn/Winter workdays 2019 page

2020 Dates reserve is open to the public

18th  April

16th May

20th June A butterfly and bird walk looking at the different species that use the site 2:30pm -3:30pm

18th July

15th August A tree walk with the chair of the ‘Friends group’ looking at the different species of trees and shrubs 2:00pm – 3:30pm

19th September

Please keep an eye out for future information about special events happening on these dates. We have a lot planned for this year!

If you would like to be more involved in the Friends Group, please get in touch. We are always looking for new members who can help us in any way. This can be anything from opening the site on one of the open days to bringing your skills to the group.

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

Friends Group off to a successful start

It may have been a chilly morning, but plenty of happy people braved the cold winds to join in with a walk around this wonderful site.  A big thank you to everyone that came and for all of your enthusiasm.  I have high hopes that we can establish a group and get the site open on a more regular basis.  On the day I recommended that we start the process by  having a open day once a month to help build capacity.  If we increase our numbers it will be easier for us to establish a group and become constituted.   I know this may sound scary to some, but it is an important step if we want to bid for money that would otherwise be unavailable to the Council.

Ernie had this to say about our next steps;

“A big thank you to everyone that came along on Saturday it was a good turn-out of residents and others taking an interest and also would like to thank Jess for coming on her day off, I hope to have further conversation with Jess concerning proposed workday, tools and access to the site, I would also like to try and get a possible workday on a Saturday in mid-February on to take out some of the encroaching Holm Oak which shading out the native wildflower species and open up some of the woodland to allow light in and use the felled wood for path edging, hand rails and possible dead hedging. If you have any ideas please come forward with your suggestions, also organize and meeting to  set up a committee.

 I am going to the Lewisham Parks Forum which is a group of ‘Friends of’ networking together, It is been held on Monday 1st February Honor Oak Pub, upstairs 7pm, St Germains Road SE23. Anyone who wishes to become a committee member feel free to come along.”

Inaugural Open Day for Friends of Garthorne Road – 23rd January 2016, 10am

Join us on 23rd January 2016
Join us on 23rd January 2016

A message from Ernie!

Hi Members

Thank you for the excellent support and all the members that have joined the group so far. Please spread the word and share this group, has I already mentioned that we had not formed a committee yet, if anyone is Interested in putting their name forward please either by leaving a message or letting me know at the meeting below.

I have organised an on-site meeting for Saturday 23rd January at 10am, with Lewisham Council Jess Kyle (Conservation Officer) to discuss future workdays. Please come along as it is a closed site you will not be able to gain access after 10.05 am.

Garthorne Road Friends Group gains grounds

Guided walk with a local nursery
Guided walk with a local nursery

The wonderful people of SE23 have been very enthusiastic about the creation of a Friends group for this fantastic site.  We have had a great response from local residents who are keen to take part.  We have even found someone who is prepared to lead a guided walk!  We hope that something can be organised for Spring 2016, so keep an eye out for future posts and tweets.

If you are interested please contact me and I will add you to the mailing list.  Don’t worry, you will not be inundated with emails – it is just so that I know to email you when the guided walk is organised and so that you get information on how the Friends Group is progressing.  You can either email me or leave a message on this blog.