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Volunteering and photography at Dacres Wood

Old Camera © Scheijen

The Friends of Dacres Wood are planning a volunteering session Jan 31st in the morning, and in the afternoon, from 2.30, they will going to be going round with a camera just looking and recording what they see growing, or rotting as the case may be – just as interested in fungi!  They would be very pleased if others could join them, with cameras, so that there are more than one pair of eyes. 


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Dacres Wood Open Day – 30 April, 1pm-4pm

Old oak tree © Julie Brummett

Old oak tree © Brummett

The Friends of Dacres Wood have there April open day coming up this Saturday – 1.00 pm to 4.00, so everyone is welcome to have a look round. The reserve is looking very spring like, but the paths are still flooded. We can lend wellies, and in kids sizes too.
They are also planning a tree identification and measuring activity which will help them get a proper map of their trees for the first time, and an idea of how old some of them are.
sketchmap regions

Dacres Wood tree map

They’ve roughly divided the reserve up into 12 regions (see map above) and made a list of which of the total 17 species in the woods that we’ve spotted in each of them. They’ve also noted where the really huge trees are which will need two people to get a tape measure or just some string round them.
They are  still working on details, but we hope our visitors will come away with bark rubbings and leaf prints where feasible (some of the trees are surrounded by water!), and they get the girths of their trees measured, from which we they start working out how old they are. If you leave contact details, they will get back to you with the results, and where your trees are on this map!

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This Sunday – Our Hedgehogs are Wild About Gardens Week!

Wild About Gardens Week

Wild About Gardens Week

Join the Friends of Dacres Wood Nature Reserve to find out how you can help our hedgehogs.

This is a family friendly event as part of the Wild About Gardens Week, which we wrote about earlier this month.

What you can do!

  • Make a clay hedgehog to take home
  • Hedgehog trails around the reserve for older and younger children
  • Bug pots available so you can go on a hedgehog’s dinner hunt

Free admission – Donations welcome

Children must be supervised by a responsible adult for the duration of the activities.

The activities are being organised by the Secret Adventurers’ Club in association with the Friends of Dacres Wood.


Dacres Wood Nature Reserve
off Dacres Road
Forest Hill


13.00-16.00 25th October 2015

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Bird Boxes for sale

The Friends of Dacres Wood had a successful open day on 26th September.  They bought a number of bird boxes for local people to put together and either place in the Nature Reserve or take home for a small fee.  Half with 25 mm holes suitable for smaller birds, such as blue tits, and the rest with 32mm holes for birds such as sparrows and nuthatches.

There are a few bird boxes left that they are making available to local people and groups.  If you are interested, please let me know and I will pass on your details to the group.  There are only 11 left, so you;ll have to get in quickly.  They need to cover their costs, so the the price of each box is £11.10

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Dacres Wood AGM & Pond Dipping – Saturday 27th June

Dacres Wood AGM and Open Day

Dacres Wood AGM and Open Day

You are invited to Friends of Dacres Wood Nature Reserve AGM on Saturday 27th June at 12pm-1pm. Please come along if you wish to be involved in your local Nature Reserve.  We are also seeking new members for the committee and the current Chair and Treasurer will be stepping down.  If you would like to be involved, please join us at the AGM or email the Secretary.

The reserve will then be open between 1pm-4pm for the month Open Day where you can come and take part in some pond dipping.

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Edible High Road, Saturday 18 May 2013

This May,  SE23 will be transformed into an Edible High Road  as part of the Chelsea Fringe garden festival.  50  Forest Hill and Honor Oak businesses have sponsored 70 fruit trees, including The Horniman Museum and Sainsbury’s.

Edible High Road map

Edible High Road map

Special Guests: We’re very excited to announce that Celebrity Gardener Matthew Wilson will be cutting our ribbon!  He is Channel Four’s ‘Landscape Man’ and a Gardener’s Question Time panelist.

A local Saxophone Quartet and the Holy Trinity School Brass Band will be performing.

Special Activities: There will be tours of the new Albion Millennium Green Orchard and the fantastic Dig This Nursery from New Cross will be giving away vegetable seedlings. To top it off,  you can explore the fruit trees using our brilliant Trail Map

Edible High Road

Edible High Road

The event has been organised by Lewisham Gardens and  The Forest Hill Society, and sponsored by Shannon’s Garden Centre and Winkworth &Co Estate Agents.

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Dacres Wood open day, Saturday 27 April

The Friends of Dacres Wood have their open day on Saturday 27th April from 12-3 and there will be a “friends of” meeting from 11-12 to complete and sign the constitution.
Dacres Wood

Dacres Wood

From 12-3 they are hoping that they will be able to help in the nature reserve.  So please bring a sturdy pair of gloves and secateurs for cutting back the brambles etc.