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
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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.

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?

A formal meeting to establish a committee for FO Garththorne Road

Our first meeting!

There will be a formal meeting to establish a committee it will be held Devonshire Road Nature Reserve on Saturday 27th February at 3pm.  At the meeting we will elect the following committee posts; Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Media & Communication and four other Committee members.  We will also to agree to a Constitution (which I have two different copies of) and also set the agenda and timetable of work to be carried out at the reserve. As mentioned below and in an earlier post we would also like to establish a rota of people who are willing to open the site once a month If you are interested in becoming a committee member or would be keen to help in other ways, please email the group.

Where: Devonshire Rd Nature Reserve, 170-171 Devonshire Road, SE23 (The entrance to the site is opposite Tyson Road).
When: Saturday 27th February 2016 at 3pm

Friends Group off to a successful start
The group was set up by Jess Kyle(Lewisham Conservation) with the help of Ernie Thomason in late 2015 and we had a inaugural meeting on the 23rd January. Plenty of happy people braved the cold winds to join in with a walk around this wonderful site.  Jess wanted to say a big thank you to everyone that came and for all the  enthusiasm. She have high hopes that we can establish a group and get the site open on a more regular basis. On the day Jess 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.