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The Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve need you!

Urgent Appeal 

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Are you interested in getting involved in The Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve committee?. We are a small group of local residents interested in conserving this important wildlife reserve in Forest Hill and meet about four times a year to discuss about upcoming public events such as open days, taskdays, funding and promoting the site. Without an active committee the group will not be able to operate and open the reserve to the public during the summer and hold events or enhance the biodiversity of the site.

We are holding a Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 29th January 8pm at the Honor Oak Pub.

We need to elect the following posts: Chair, Secretary, Media & Communications, Treasurer and two committee members.

If you wish to be elected as a committee member just inform us which post you would like to fill and please either leave a message on the group’s Facebook page or email us or use one of the other social media applications.

Website: Garthorne Road Nature Reserve
Facebook: Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve
Twitter: @garthorneroadnr
Lewisham Conservation Officer:


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New Nature’s Gym Programme, July-September 2017

Baxter’s Fields

The new Nature’s Gym programme is now available!  There are a few new sites on there and a couple of favourites, so hopefully there is something for everyone. Please note that if you have not been before, have a read through our FAQ to see if this is the right project for you. Here you will also find out what you need to do to take part in one of our events. You can also have a look at the Nature’s Gym page where you will find a lot more information. If you still have questions about the project, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.

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July-September 2016 Nature’s Gym programme

Summer is here - time for a bit of Nature's Gym

Summer is here – time for a bit of Nature’s Gym

Please see attached the new Nature’s Gym programme. There are a couple of sites on there that we’ve not been to for a while alongside some old favourites.  Please note that Nature’s Gym is not running on 7th or 14th July. Our first session of the new programme will be on 21st July.  The following week we will be at Pepys Park for a wildflower/butterfly survey.  At this event you will also have the chance to meet with Nick Pond from London Borough lf Lewisham and hopefully a representative of Glendale.  This will be your chance to give feedback on any issues/concerns that you may have.  We will be emailing you a summary of the Feedback Forms you filled out a couple of weeks beforehand so that you will have chance to see what has already been said and our answers to your comments.  Please note that all comments have remained confidential.


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Nature’s Gym location change



Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to change the location of this Thursday’s Nature’s Gym. We will now be at Garthorne Road nature reserve creating more woodland scallops.

We are creating these because, open space is the most important part of a woodland for butterflies, especially its edge habitat where the warmest conditions are found.  Cutting scallops creates a varied, zoned edge structure. Scallops also reduce shading along the adjacent ride and have great potential to improve any existing ride side butterfly habitat. They will increase the overall structural diversity of the woodland and provide sheltered herb-rich grassy areas (Butterfly Conservation Trust.).



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Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Committee meeting

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.

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Inaugural Open Day for Friends of Garthorne Road – 23rd January 2016, 10am

Join us on 23rd January 2016

Join us on 23rd January 2016

A message from Ernie!

Hi Members  Thank you for the excellent support and all the members that have joined the group so far. Please spread the word and share this group, has I already mentioned that we had not formed a committee yet, if anyone is Interested in putting their name forward please either by leaving a message or letting me know at the meeting below.  I have organised an on-site meeting for Saturday 23rd January at 10am, with Lewisham Council Jess Kyle (Conservation Officer) to discuss future workdays. Please come along as it is a closed site you will not be able to gain access after 10.05 am.