Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Bake – off and Reserve Open Day 2020

Saturday 19th September

12:00 – 4:00PM

Following completion of a covid-secure risk assessment, this year’s bake-off event will look a little different to last year’s. Please read the following bullet points:

There are two trophies to be won – Best Baker and Best Junior Baker. It would be helpful if you could email us in advance ( letting us know if you plan to enter and in which category you would want your cakes judged
• All entrants must bake cupcake or muffin style cakes in individual cases or wrappers
• All cakes should be brought to the reserve between 11:30 and 12:00 on Saturday 19 September. We will keep one cake for judging and sell the rest during the open day (12:00-16:00)
• The booking system for the open day is now open. You can book your visit to the reserve on 19 September here
• Judging will take place at 15:00 and the winners will be notified. They can return to collect their trophies in a public, socially-distanced presentation ceremony at 15:45

Kindly supported by

Estate Agents,

61 Honor Oak Park
Forest Hill
London SE23 1EA

Volunteer conservation workdays

Green lanes of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve


23rd March 2021

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

Saturday 10th April (Booking required) maximum numbers of 5 volunteers

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 6 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!

Many thanks and see you soon!

Open Days at Garthorne Road 2021

Open Days at the reserve 2020


25th March 2021
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 Note

If you wish to visit the Nature reserve please use the booking form below and book upto 6 persons per booking. If you have not booked through the website you will not be allow access there will be a time slot allocation (up to 30 visitors will be allowed on the reserve per hour)

Open Days dates

Saturday 17th April (Booking required)

Further dates booking is not required

Saturday 22th May The reserve will open on the 4th week

Saturday 19th June

Saturday 17th July

Saturday 21st August

Saturday 18th September

Saturday 16th October

Terms & Conditions

1.) 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.

2.) Please wear suitable clothing & footwear for the weather.

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

4.) Please ensure that you are at the gate at the correct date & time otherwise you will not be allowed access.

5.) Sorry no picnics or BBQ’s allowed on the site.

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

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

8.) Start times may be subject to changes times at a short notice and participant(s) will be informed.

9.) 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.

10.) Bookings will ONLY be excepted through the main website on a first come first serve basis to ensure fairness.


Website: Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

Facebook: Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

Twitter: @garthorneroadnr