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LATEST – Lewisham wins highest-ever number of Green Flag Awards

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From the Lewisham Council Website

Lewisham’s parks and green spaces have been awarded their highest-ever number of Green Flags, the award given to the very best green spaces in the UK.

The latest green spaces in Lewisham to be given prestigious Green Flag Community Awards are Garthorne Road and Dacres Wood, managed by Lewisham Council with the help of the Friends groups.

In partnership with local groups Lewisham Council has also successfully retained its three existing Community Green Flags for Grove Park and Devonshire Road nature reserves and Albion Millennium Green, as well as its sixteen Green Flags for other parks and green spaces in the borough.

The Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Any green space that is freely accessible to the public is eligible to enter for the annual Green Flag Awards, which are based on a set of robust criteria, including accessibility, community involvement, cleanliness and biodiversity.

Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve with their award,

Lewisham Council, in partnership with Glendale, manages 47 parks and 15 nature reserves in the borough – each with its own unique character and environment. The last 18 months have seen public green spaces play a vital role for residents as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely. Last year, the Council adopted a new Parks and Open Spaces Strategy, which aims to make the borough’s green spaces even better by improving community involvement, boosting biodiversity and getting residents – including young people – more involved in decision-making.

Cllr Patrick Codd, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said:

“Gaining two more prestigious Community Green Flag awards is fantastic news for Lewisham. This achievement wouldn’t be possible without the huge contribution that Friends and volunteers of our nature reserves make. I would like to thank every single resident and community group involved in this effort for helping to give us all healthier and greener neighbourhoods.

“Our nature reserves are a key part of Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership’s new action plan, which the Council recently endorsed as part of our work to create a greener Lewisham for residents and wildlife. As an inner-city borough, we are very proud of the many nature reserves, parks and green spaces that have brought much needed happiness to our residents during the very challenging times of the pandemic.

“The news that two more nature reserves in Lewisham have achieved the Green Flag Community Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the teams that make the borough’s green spaces sanctuaries that everyone can enjoy.”

Nick Lee, Treasurer of the Friends of Garthorne Road said:

“We are excited that Garthorne Road Nature Reserve has received the Green Flag Award. As volunteers who work to protect and develop it, and open it to others, we are pleased and proud to have received the recognition that the Award brings. We thank Lewisham Borough, the volunteers and committee members for the support that they give us in managing the Reserve.”

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, said:

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Garthorne Road Nature Reserve and Dacres Wood worthy of a Green Flag Award. To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that these two nature reserves have high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and are places that support people to live healthy lives.”

Garthorne Road Nature Reserve wins Green Flag Award

https://greenflagaward.org/Green Flag Award Community Winner

Garthorne Road Nature Reserve is pleased to announce and been recognised and awarded as a Green Flag Award Community Winner. This is a key criterion for the Green Flag Community Award as it looks to how well the site relates to and encompasses the local and wider community.

  • Welcoming Place
  • Healthy, Safe and Secure
  • Well maintain and Clean
  • Environmental management
  • Biodiversity, Landscape and Heritage
  • Community Involvement

After 18 months that have seen our parks and green spaces play a vital role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely, the news that Garthorne Road Nature Reserve has achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the Lewisham Council Conservation team and the reserve’s volunteers in maintaining and open the reserve that make the green space a great space that everyone can enjoy.

The reserve joins Darces Wood in Sydenham as well wider diverse sites as the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, Woodhouse Park in Peterlee and Chiswick Old Cemetery in London.

Network Rail and Mitie workday

We was privileged to getting assistance from Network Rail and Mitie employees to clear the historically amount of fly tipped rubbish from behind Beadnell Road houses consisting from garden waste to bedframe to even an old oven and bits of motorbikes. We manage to fill a 10 yard skip which can take about 100 rubbish bags. Also some very angry wasps other wildlife found was several Slow-worms and a new species never recorded on the site Common toad and Sparrowhawk. A big thank-you to the team for all their hard work and Amanda from Network Rail for organising the event.

Female Sparrowhawk photo by Ernest Thomason

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

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Garthorne Road Nature Reserve May -July workdays

Volunteers at Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

The Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve are continuing their conservation workdays to maintain and preserve the nature reserve and increase the biodiversity.

Book here

2nd Saturday workdays for May – July

Tickets 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.

Please bring lunch and drinking water and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy shoes (preferably steel toe cap boots).

We will be clearing the paths of vegetation for the Open day next week, repairing the stag loggery and installing temporary information signage and if weather is good maybe a Butterfly transect recording the number of species on-site If you have any questions please get in contact the Conservation Co-Ordinator Ernie Thomason or garthorne.reserve@gmail.com

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 you are welcome to find a bush!.

We’ll continue to maintain the following precautions: Volunteer numbers will be limited. 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 us should you test positive after recently attending a volunteer session. We will then inform other attendees (anonymously) and advise/take the necessary safety precautions. Hand sanitiser will be available. We will maintain distance during tasks and refreshment breaks as much as possible, unless the specific task at hand requires closer contact, in which case, the use of masks is advised, but is ultimately at individual’s discretion. Contact with shared items (including tools) should be minimised and where possible.

How to find us:

Main gate is at North end of Beadnell Road

next to the alleyway to Garthorne Road

Volunteer days are on the second Saturday of each month (apart from April due to Easter) and starts at 11am – 3.30pm. We meet at main entrance on Beadnell Road 11am. The work ranges from controlling non-native species to surveying and recording the many site wildlife species. They will be some Joint weekday workday with the London Wildlife Trust Great North Wood Project so keep a eye out for the dates. 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. Further information can be found on the Eventbrite volunteer listings.
The Wood That Built London – Grab your copy!
Released last year author Chris Schüler, launched of his new book ‘The Wood That Built London’, which just so happens to be all about the Great North Wood! which covered from Deptford to Selhurst and from Streatham to Sydenham If you missed the virtual book launch, click here to watch a replay.
London Wildlife Trust volunteering
Our friends at London Wildlife Trust Great North Wood Project have regular conservation workdays during the weekdays normally on Tuesdays and Fridays if you are interested in joining them please contact them at greatnorthwood@wildlondon.org.uk
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Reserve Open Day

Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Open Day

Saturday 9th April

2 – 5pm

We are opening the reserve earlier due to Easter and as a member we are inviting you to the Open Day, as spring is here and the birds start to nest and the spring flowers emerge come and explore what is about, Bring a picnic along. 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.
The Wood That Built London – Grab your copy!

Released last year author Chris Schüler, launched of his new book ‘The Wood That Built London’, which just so happens to be all about the Great North Wood! which covered from Deptford to Selhurst and from Streatham to Sydenham If you missed the virtual book launch, click here to watch a replay.

Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Spring Open Day

Saturday 19th March

2- 5 pm

No booking required

Garthorne Road Nature Reserve are having their first Open Day of the year. As spring is about here and the birds start to nest and the spring flowers emerge come and explore what is about, Bring a picnic along. There will be some children activities as well such as Spring Spotter Sheet to discover what is above also a mini beast hunt and 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 (apart from April due to Easter) and starts at 11am – 3.30pm. We meet at main entrance on Beadnell Road 11am. 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.

How to find us: Main gate is at North end of Beadnell Road

next to the alleyway to Garthorne Road.

Openmap of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve
The Wood That Built London – Grab your copy!

Released last year author Chris Schüler, launched of his new book ‘The Wood That Built London’, which just so happens to be all about the Great North Wood! which covered from Deptford to Selhurst and from Streatham to Sydenham If you missed the virtual book launch, click here to watch a replay.

Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 25th January

Sorry for the very late notice. We are holding our Annual General Meeting at 8pm tonight to elect committee members and discuss upcoming events and issues if you are interested. We are using Zoom here is the details. Zoom details:[https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84473967071…](https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/us02web.zoom.us/j/84473967071?pwd=NWFqd2xZOVVmNUR5TFg2b3pxUjRpQT09__%3B!!CVb4j_0G!AL31GAe7z5ZC46FifCE91B1QMaeinWjwGIVXWhK6pZufTb2CqBhBhGZAw2k1c-efmsL16NrD6A%24)Meeting ID: 844 7396 7071
Passcode: 006249

Workday result 11th December 2020

On a nice warm winter day three volunteers arrived and once signed in we then go to the railway loop path where we was going to construct a dead hedge from the brash from the Network Rail work which was done to prevent leaves on the line. The volunteers also cut back regrowth of Ash, Sycamore and the invasive Holm Oak also cleared a large oak that had blown over on to the ‘live’ rail and could of caused a problem to commuters?. We tied it with rope and cut it back to the fence-line and incorporated the cut wood in to the dead hedge.

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

and

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)

Joint London Wildlife and Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Conservation workday

Tuesday 14th December

11am – 3pm

Blue tit using one of the many bird boxes on the reserve

We are joining the London Wildlife Trust Great North Wood Project to do some management of the site. Help improve the remaining fragments of the Great North Wood for people and wildlife. About this event London Wildlife Trust Great North Wood volunteering-garthorne-road-nature-reserve-tickets or Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Eventbrite page

Tasks will include:

  • Cleaning out Bird boxes
  • Controlling clematis plant

Please bring lunch and drinking water and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy shoes (preferably steel toe cap boots).There is no toilets on site you can find a bush if required

Tickets 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.

Hand washing facilities and hand sanitiser will be available.You will be given a pair of gloves if you don’t have any, as standard.You can be lent a pair of steel toe cap boots for the session if needs be and if I have them/appropriate size(s) with me.

We will maintain distance during tasks and refreshment breaks as much as possible, unless the specific task at hand requires closer contact, in which case, the use of masks is advised, but is ultimately at individual’s discretion.We will avoid congregating indoors or in enclosed spaces if possible, but if it is unavoidable, then as much fresh air should be allowed in as possible.

Hot and cold water/tea/coffee and most importantly, biscuits, will be available. Please bring your own reusable cup/bottle to minimise my contact with used receptacles when washing up, though I will bring some cups with me just in case.

Contact with shared items (including tools) should be minimised and where possible, I will be doing the hot drink making and biscuits may be individually-wrapped.If you have any questions please get in contact with either Ernie Thomason (Chair of Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve email: garthorne.reserve@gmail.com or Chantelle Lindsey London Wildlife Trust Great North Wood Project officer on 07891837120 or at greatnorthwood@wildlondon.org.uk.Many thanks and see you soon!

Ernie and Chantelle

Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Conservation workday

Saturday 11th December

11am – 3pm

Volunteer creating dead hedging stakes

The Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve will continue their monthly conservation workdays throughout the year. We will be doing different tasks ranging from invasive species removal to dead hedge creation.

If you are interested in joining us, please reserved a place https://garthorneroadnaturereserve.com/2020/06/19/reopening-of-the-reserve/

Please ensure you have protective footwear with steel toe caps if possible

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 11 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!

Tickets 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.

Many thanks and see you soon!

If you have any questions please get in contact us: