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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

Autumn and Winter workdays 2019

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Volunteer helping construct steps

Autumn/ winter workdays 2019

Sunday 10th November
Installing steps, handrails and path edging to improve access


Saturday 30th November
Clearing invasive species and creating dead hedging to stop trampling to the woodland floor


Saturday 21st December
Finish off any tasks not completed.

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

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 15th June 2019

Families exploring the reserve

Garthorne Road Nature Reserve will be open on Saturday 15th June between 2pm-4pm. There will be a general wildlife walk by the chair of the friends group starting at 2:30pm from the main gate.

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.

Facebook: Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Twitter:@garthorneroadnr Website: Garthorne Road Nature Reserve E-mail: contact@friendsofgarthorneroad.org.uk

 

Friends of Garthorne Road Taskday

Comma Butterfly

Saturday 25th May

11:00am – 3:30pm

The friends will be recording the many different species of flora and fauna on the reserve and add them to a database to see what we have also will be doing an butterfly transect to record what species are on site?.

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.

Taskdays are 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:
contact@friendsofgarthorneroad.org.uk

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.

Project: Dead-Hedge 14th April taskday results

Project: Dead-Hedge is a program of constructing these structures around the site to stop trampling of the ground flora and provide a habitat for insects and hedgehogs. We are using the cut brash from the line-side clearance by Network Rail and putting in posts and filled them with the cut martials.

The friends do regularly workdays from step construction to tree felling to improve the important areas from becoming scrub and loss of important grassland areas.

If you are interested in joining the Friends on one of their taskday check it out on our Spring-summer Workday 2019 page. https://garthorneroadnaturereserve.com/2019/04/08/spring-summer-workdays-2019/

Taskday 9th March results

We had a good turn out on this taskday with five willing volunteers to constructed a set of steps and handrails in between the earth embankment which is probably from earthworks of the construction of the railway. We also done some habitat creation building a dead hedge which will be shelter for insects and hedgehogs and a litter pick.

The friends maintain and manage the reserve on behalf of Lewisham Council Conservation Section to enhance the biodiversity of the site.

We will be doing some taskdays during the summer with some more steps construction and habitat creation such as dead hedges and enhancing the glade areas. Check the Spring and Summer workday 2019 section. https://garthorneroadnaturereserve.com/2019/04/08/spring-summer-workdays-2019/