Our next Meeting is the FSW AGM to be held on Monday 6th January 2014 at 8pm at the Forestdale Forum. All members welcome. The agenda and minutes of the last meeting may be downloaded from these links.
Our next Workday is on Sunday 29th December 2013- see the Workdays page for details.
Our next Walk is an exploration of Winter Trees on Saturday January 4th 2014 at 1pm - see the Walks page for details.
Who we are
The Friends of Selsdon Wood are volunteers working with Croydon Council to ensure that Selsdon Wood is maintained for the benefit of the flora and fauna, as well as for the enjoyment of the public. We are the Council's eyes and ears - reporting problems that occur. We are grateful to the many dog walkers and others who also 'keep an eye out' whilst enjoying the fields and woods and advise of problems too.
Download a printable leaflet (with map) from here.
What we do
The Friends regularly hold informative walks, carry out sustainable conservation and restorative work and monitor wildlife in Selsdon Wood. On our work days (see the Workdays page for details) we coppice woodland and carry out other maintenance work. Our monthly Committee meetings are open to all, usually on the last Monday of each month. We hold our AGM in early January. Meetings start promptly at 8pm at the Forestdale Forum.
Our display boards at the entrances carry posters advertising forthcoming walks and providing other information for users of the woods.
The Friends are pleased to welcome new members. Your £5 family subscription will help to pay for more bird boxes, native trees & plants, tools, leaflets, name boards etc. Membership of the Friends expresses your belief in, and support for, the work we do. The Friends understand that not everyone can take part in maintenance work or attend meetings but your membership encourages those that do.
A membership form to print and return by post can be downloaded from here.
Al form to complete and return electronically can be downloaded from here.
FSW New Seat
On 7th August 2013 the Friends installed a new seat which we have donated to commemorate the establishment of our organisation in 2007. It is at the top of Green Hill (the field beside the car park) and we hope you enjoy sitting there to take in the view.
Photo above shows autumn colours in Field 2 - taken 22/11/13
24/11/13 @ 2pm - by Heather Govier
Someone asked after the white squirrel last week and I told them that there had been no reported sightings of one for some months.
However I did spot one today, looking very perky in the usual place on Langford's Way:-)
Selsdon Wood Closing Times
following closing times apply to the Car Park & Kingfisher Gardens gates.
Jan - 4.30: Feb - 5.30: Mar - 6.30: Apr - 7.30: May - 9.00: June/July - 9.30: Aug - 8.30: Sept - 7.30: Oct - 6.30: Nov/Dec - 4.30.
Reporting Problems in Selsdon Wood
For fire, ambulance or illegal activities - call 999. Our name boards will help you give the location. Alternatively if you ring 112 from a mobile phone it will automatically give your GPS position to the emergency services. If it is not urgent please ring 101.
In the case of injured wildlife ring the RSPCA on 0300-1234-999.
Motor cycles and Quad bikes are not allowed in Selsdon Wood. If you hear or see them, or signs of people causing malicious damage, lighting fires or building camps please immediately phone Croydon Council on 020-8726-6000 and ask the switchboard for the Dog Unit. A team will come out to investigate as soon as one is available. If you are unable to contact them, or when the office is unmanned, please leave a message.
Graffiti should be reported to Graffiti@croydon.gov.uk
We would also be grateful if you would tell the FSW about it - e-mail: email@example.com or use the Contact Us page on this website.
You will have heard the news about Ash die back in the UK. The Forestry Commission is currently carrying out surveys to establish its possible spread. To keep up to date and for further information about how to identify the disease please visit http://www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara. Now that the leaves have gone it will be difficult to identify affected trees, but once the trees are in leave again next spring your support in keeping an eye on them will be extremely helpful.
If you find a suspect case, please report it to the following:
Fera - tel: 01904 465625 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Forestry Commission - tel: 0131 314 6414 - email: email@example.com
and also to Richard Edwards at Croydon Council’s Trees and Woodland Section - firstname.lastname@example.org
This disease has been reported in most of continental Europe, and has affected ash with varying degrees. In the UK it will be a case of seeing how things develop, what further research shows and following the advice give by the Forestry Commission. The Council’s Tree and Woodland Section is working closely with the Forestry Commission and other practitioners across London to ensure we do what is possible and to keep you informed about developments.
Banner photograph is Bluebells by Ian Somerscales 15/5/10
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