A successful Bake Off at Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

The Friends of Garthorne Road held a very successful Bake Off. It was all in the aid of the reserve and the Friends will be buying some bat and bird boxes to enhance the biodiversity of the reserve. Two local businesses helped by providing taster, Sebastian Roche and The Honor Oak Provender. Sebastian Roche also kindly provided 2 trophies for the winners, one best bake and one best bake under 16.

There were a lot of delicious cakes on display!

A big thank you to the Friends who did some great work organising the event and being there on the day to make sure all went well.

Of course, thanks to everyone that baked a cake or came along to buy and taste. We made enough money to buy a few/bird and bat boxes and hopefully someone will take up residence soon!

Spring Volunteer taskdays 2020

Please Note: All Friends Volunteer Taskdays has been cancelled due to the CO-VID 19 Virus please see Events page for further details.

Saturday 8th February

Clearing invasive species to allow native species to flourish and creating dead hedging to create habitats for hedgehogs and invertebrates.


Saturday 7th March

Installing path edging to stop visitors trampling the flowers and making the steps safer.

What you need to know

All workdays run 11am-3:30pm. Please let us know  which sessions you would like to come to so that we can provide sufficient tools and for the number of volunteers we are expecting and please note the gate will be locked to stop unauthorised access, please contact me by text or phone on 07707023359 so we can let you in. If you are letting us know at the last minute please text Ernie (Chair and task days organiser) on the above number.

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. Please bring food and drinks if required.

This program workdays is subject to change or cancellation at short notice due to weather conditions such as rain or high winds and other matters out of the control of the friends group. Tasks maybe swapped between workdays as necessary.

If you require more information please contact the

Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

E-mail: garthorne.nature@gmail.com

Website: Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

Facebook: Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

Twitter: @garthorneroadnr

Lewisham Conservation Officer:  jessica.kyle@lewisham.gov.uk

Open Days at Garthorne Road 2020

Open Days at the reserve 2020

The site will open on the 3rd Saturday of the month between April – September between 2pm-4pm. A member of the Friends Group will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

The reserve is now closed for the winter and will reopen in April 2020. The friends will still be managing the site throughout the winter – see Autumn/Winter workdays 2019/2020 page

Please note: The reserve is closed until further notice due to the Co-vid 19 pandemic. Please use other local park and open spaces following the government guidelines on social distancing

2020 Dates reserve is open to the public

18th  April

16th May

20th June

4th July (additional date) SOLD OUT

18th July

15th August

19thSeptember

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 who can help us in any way. This can be anything from opening the site on one of the open days to bringing your skills to the group.

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 there will be a time slot allocation (up to 16 visitors will be allowed on the reserve per hour)

Terms & Conditions

1.) All visitors must wear protective facemasks and have hand gel available otherwise access will be denied.

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

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

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

5.) Dogs/ motorised scooters are not allowed on the reserve.

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

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

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