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 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 who do.
To join please complete and submit the form which can be found at the bottom of the Contact Us page on this website.
Alternatively a membership form to print and return by post can be downloaded from here.
Kingfisher Gardens Gate Locking
Currently contractors for Croydon Council lock the Kingfisher Gardens gate from dusk to dawn each day. This causes great inconvenience to local residents who use this access and would like to walk their dogs before or after work. As this is the only pedestrian gate that is ever locked the FSW would like to see this practice stopped.
If you have a view either way on this matter please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will not make your details available to anyone else.
Our next Meeting is on Monday March 30th @ 8pm at the Forestdale Forum. All members welcome.
Our next walk is a ‘Family Woodland Wander’ with Meike Weiser on Saturday March 7th @ 2pm (for families with children aged 5+) - see Walks page for details.
Our next Workday is on Sunday 29th March
- see the Workdays page for details.
Hail stones in David's Crook on 3/3/15. They were about the size of chickpeas. I sat watching them fall and bounce up about 10cm - amazing.
FSW Logs & Charcoal
FSW have some logs and charcoal from our coppicing activities and maintenance work, available for a donation of £4 (logs) or £5 (charcoal). If you would like some please contact Neale Fox on email@example.com tel: 020-8657-0384, or get in touch through the usual FSW email firstname.lastname@example.org, by telephone at 020-8657-0423 or by using the form on the Contact Us page of this website.
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 or call the Safer Neighbourhoods Team at Addington Police Station on 0208- 721-2464.
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 Area Enforcement Officer - South Team. 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.
Overflowing bins or poo bins should be reported to email@example.com
Graffiti should be reported to Graffiti@croydon.gov.uk
We would also be grateful if you would tell the FSW about it - e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Contact Us page on this website.
Banner photograph shows autumn colour in the strip between Fields 2 and 3 - 16/11/14.
Except where stated otherwise, all materials on this website are © FSW.
You will have heard the news about Ash dieback 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 leaf 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.