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 (garthorne.reserve@gmail.com) 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

Update

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 don’t want to put our volunteers had further risk so we unfortunaly have been requested by Lewisham Council to cancelling the forthcoming Conservation workday for Saturday 9th January and hope you resume on Saturday 13th February 2021

Keeping all our volunteers healthy and safe is of the utmost importance to the Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve.

  • 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.

Update

13th November 2020

Lewisham Council has allow The Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve to continue ours monthly conservation workdays with restrictions to the number of volunteers attending of up to 6 per session.

We’ll be taking bookings for each volunteering session on Eventbrite see booking form below. We ask you not to book consecutive months please to give more people a chance to get involved. There will be a waiting list 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.

Keeping all our volunteers healthy and safe is of the utmost importance to the Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve.

At this extremely challenging time the Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve believes it is essential that we continue supporting local people to safely access nature, exercise and work with others to care for this important wildlife site.

Volunteering is exempt from the new national restrictions which come into effect in England from 5th November. The Friends of Garthorne Road will continue to deliver a programme of activity with updated and strict control measures in place to maintain a COVID-secure environment for all who attend. You can request a copy of our updated control measures by contacting us by contacting the Chair of the Friends Group.

As well as keeping this vital project going we know that there a huge health and wellbeing benefit for volunteers associated with our work at this very difficult time and that working outside, with appropriate measures in place, the risk of COVID transmission is very low. 

Current government  guidelines allow people to meet in larger groups for work, voluntary or charitable services, and formal education or training, with no maximum group size set.  However, we have capped our maximum group size at 6 as requested by Lewisham Council and will cap it at lower numbers in situations where needed to ensure effective social distancing. All events must be booked in advance so that we can cap numbers at lower levels.

Garthorne Road is closed to the public which will make 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 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.

Open Days at Garthorne Road 2020

Open Days at the reserve 2020

Reserve is now closed

The Reserve has now closed for the winter season and hope to reopen in Spring 2121. But the Friends will continue to manage it. If you would like to join one of our forthcoming workdays please go to the Volunteer Conservation workday page

The site will open on the 3rd Saturday of the month between April – September 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 to book a place. If you have not booked through the website you will not be allow access. We are limiting the number to 6 per family and 18 persons per 45 minutes time slots on site.

Please keep an eye out for future information about special events happening on these dates. We have a lot planned for this year!

If you would like to be more involved in the Friends Group, please get in touch. We are always looking for new members either getting involved helping open the site to been an committee member or a conservation volunteer and bringing your skills to the group. Please go to the Main page to register