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 can be downloaded from here.
FSW Log Sales
If you would like some logs please contact Neale Fox on email@example.com or the FSW on 0208-657-0423, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the form on the Contact Us page of this website.
See the Management page for photographs of our recent Charcoal Burn.
Our next meeting is on Monday 24th June at 8pm at the Forestdale Forum. All members are welcome.
Our next Workday is on Sunday 7th July 2013 - see the Workdays page for details.
Our next guided walk is on Saturday 20th July - see the Walks page for details
Our New Lost Property Box
We now have a Lost Property Box located on the back of the main notice board in the car park. Many thanks to Neale Fox for making and installing this:-)
Please put any found items in the box and check it if you have lost anything. The box currently contains a wellington boot - is it yours?
Other events that may be of interest
The Wandle - Croydon's Lost River?
A Talk by Bob Steel
Croydon Central Library - Tuesday 18th June 2.30-3.30pm The event is free of charge. Please book a place with a member of library staff 020-8726-6900 or email@example.com/uk
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 people causing malicious damage, please immediately phone Croydon Council on 020-8726-6000 and ask the switchboard for the Patrol Services.
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.
We would also be grateful if you would tell the FSW what has happened - e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or through 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: email@example.com
Forestry Commission - tel: 0131 314 6414 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
and also to Richard Edwards at Croydon Council’s Trees and Woodland Section - email@example.com
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.
The FSW is a member of the umbrella group, the Association of Croydon Conservation Societies (ACCS). See their website for further information http://www.accs-croydon.co.uk/
Banner photograph is Bluebells by Ian Somerscales 15/5/10
Except where stated otherwise, all materials on this website are © FSW.