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Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

The Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve is having their next conservation taskday on the following dates. Volunteer  numbers is limited to 10 on first come basis.  

Saturday 10th July

Saturday 14th August

Please don’t book on to two consecutive session so that everyone gets a chance to volunteer. There will be a waiting list if the session get fully booked if you booked  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 doing a range of jobs from controlling invasive species, path edging & dead hedge creation. I hope to do some further volunteer ID training sessions at workdays.

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 lunch and drinking water

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. 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!

If you are going to be late please either text or phone me on 07707023359

We hold ours workdays on the second Saturday of each month throughout the year and the tasks varies month by month from small tree felling to doing surveying for butterflies during the Spring and summer. We have Co-vid prevention in place to protect the volunteers

The friends open the reserve to the public from April to October on the 3rd Saturday of each month April-September and are looking for volunteers to help us?.  

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? garthorneroadnaturereserve.com/about/  

Please see the Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Privacy Policy: garthorneroadnaturereserve.com/about/privacy-policy-for-networking-for-friends-of-garthorne-road-nature-reserve/  

      ·       Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Beadnell Road, London SE23 1AA
A Oasis in the calm of Forest Hill

Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Open Day

Family exploring the reserve

Saturday 17th July

2pm – 5pm

No booking required. But we still need to follow the CO-VID 19 restrictions. Please either walk or cycle if possible you can secure your bike inside the reserve limited space avaible and avoid using public transport.

The site is open on the 3rd Saturday of the month between April – October between 12noon – 4pm. A member of the Friends Group will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Other Open Days dates. (Booking is not required)


Saturday 21st August
Saturday 18th September
Saturday 16th October

Terms & Conditions

Masks will not be required when walking around the reserve, but please wear them while waiting to come in to the site. Hand gel is available at the gate for visitors to use.

Please wear suitable clothing & footwear for the weather.

Please follow the sites directorial signage and instruction from the volunteers.

Sorry no BBQ’s allowed on the site.

Sorry No Dogs or motorised scooters are not allowed on the reserve.

The open days may be cancelled at very short notice due to weather conditions or availability of volunteers.

Start times may be subject to changes times at a short notice .

The volunteers reserve the right If anyone that is abusive towards them and will be asked to leave the reserve and will be ban from entering in the future.

Volunteer conservation workdays Spring 2021

Update

23rd March 2021

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

14th August, 11th September, 9th October, 13th November, 11th December.

Please book below this to allow us to know how many volunteers are comming to ensure we have enough tools and gloves avaible.

Then on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

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 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 (until June)
  • 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!

Reopening of Reserve for Public Open Days

The Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve are pleased to announce that the Garthorne Road nature reserve can now allow public access with permission from Lewisham Council but under CO-VID 19 restrictions. Please either walk or cycle if possible you can secure your bike inside the reserve limited space avaible and avoid using public transport.

The site is open on the 3rd Saturday of the month between April – October between 12noon – 4pm. A member of the Friends Group will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Please go to the Open Days page for further details

Family of resident foxes

Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Annual General Meeting

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Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve AGM

Tuesday 26th January 2021

20:00 – 21:30

The Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve are holding their AGM to elect the following committee members who plays an important part to the running of the group.

  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Media & Communications
  • Committee Members up to 9

Are you interested in getting involved in the Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve (FoGRNR), volunteering as a committee member, or assisting in managing the reserve on the monthly workdays which are either on a Saturday or Sunday? You can stay for as little a time or the whole day as you wish? please contact the secretary.
E-mail: garthorne.reserve@gmail.com

After the AGM we will be having a committee meeting to discuss about future events and conservation workdays also the proposal to install bee hives on the reserve.

Volunteer conservation workdays 2021

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Green lanes of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

6th January 2021

Happy New Year from the Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

Has we enter this New Year and the further spread and increase of the COVID virus and the risk, also been is now Tier 4 and we take the responsibility of our volunteers seriously and don’t want to put them at further risk so we unfortunaly have been requested by Lewisham Council to cancelling the forthcoming Conservation workdays until further notice. Please keep checking on the website.

  • Please do not attend if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or in an vulnerable group.
  • Please avoid using public transport if you can
  • Hand washing facilities and hand sanitiser will be available
  • We have a limited number of clean gloves please bring your own if you have them.
  • 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 8 per session
  • We will disinfect tools before and after each session
  • Please wash clothes that you wear to the sessions regularly

Please either walk or cycle if possible you can secure your bike inside the reserve limited space avaible and avoid using public transport.

Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Bake – off and Reserve Open Day 2021

Saturday 18th September

2:00 – 5:00PM

There are two trophies to be won – Best Baker and Best Junior Baker. It would be helpful if you could email us in advance at garthorne.reserve@gmail.com letting us know if you plan to enter and in which category you want your cakes judged

• Entries can be either large cakes which we can slice on the day, or cupcake/muffin style cakes in individual cases or wrappers

• All cakes should be brought to the reserve between 13:30 and 14:00 on Saturday 18 September. Judging will take place at 14:00 and it will be followed immediately by a presentation ceremony at which the winners will receive their trophies

• We will be selling cakes during the rest during the open day (14:00-17:00) to raise money towards interpretation boards for the reserve

Kindly sponsored by Sebastian Roche Estate Agents

Estate Agents,

61 Honor Oak Park
Forest Hill
London SE23 1EA

Volunteer conservation workdays for 2022

Green lanes of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

Update

We will continue to the monthly Conservation workdays (weather permitting) a on the following dates

An maximum numbers of 8 volunteers plus the workday leader.

Then on the 2nd Saturday of each month (except April due to Easter) it will be on the 1st Saturday. This to allow us to know how volunteers and ensure enough tools and gloves available.

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!