The next Selsdon Wood Workday is on Sunday 5th June 2016 - see Workdays page for details

Our next walk is on Sunday 19th June @ 11am - ‘Discover Summer Flowers' with Malcolm Jennings  - see Walks page for details.

Our next Committee Meeting is on Monday 27th June @ 8pm at the Forestdale Forum. All members welcome.

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 March. 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.

Join Us

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 the link below.

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The banner shows Blackthorn in the hedgerow of F1 and Copper Beech in the hedgerow beyond - taken 24/4/16.

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Community Woodland Award 2016

The Friends of Selsdon Wood  are delighted to announce that we have won an award from the Forestry Commission for being a community group that works effectively to protect and develop London's trees and woodland. 

We were nominated by Mathew Frith of London Wildlife Trust and we heard on 6th May 2016 that we had won and were invited to attend an event at London City Hall to receive the award.

Click this link for full details of the nomination and an account of the ceremony. 


From time to time FSW seeks additional funding from organisations interested in supporting the various activities undertaken on behalf of the Friends

We are grateful to Croydon Council, through their Nature Conservation Fund, for providing funding to cover Insurance costs and helping us to buy new tools for Workdays. 

In 2014 the Friends undertook repair of the six noticeboards, with new art work describing the habitat and an updated map.  Croydon Council, through the Small Grants Fund, provided funding towards this project, as did the Selsdon Residents Association.  Without this significant contribution this project could not have been undertaken.

The Friends are grateful for these additional funding streams which greatly assist the ongoing development of Selsdon Wood.

If you are interested in sponsoring the work of the Friends, please contact Heather Govier, Chair of Selsdon Wood at

Access to Selsdon Wood

The Selsdon Wood car park is off Old Farleigh Road, Croydon, CR2 8QF.

The map reference of the reserve entrance is  51° 20' 12.33" N ,    0° 03' 11.95" W

The link below shows the Google Map of the reserve entrance with turquoise bus sign pointing to it;,-0.053407,18.5z

The link below, also with the bus sign, shows the Google Earth photo of the entrance and car park area:,-0.0532752,176m/data=!3m1!1e3

To reach Selsdon Wood by public transport - take the 433 from East Croydon Station, getting off at the stop just after the bus turns in to Sandpiper Road. Then walk back to Old Farleigh Road and turn left and you are just about 100 yards from the car park entrance to the wood. For a map and details see

Selsdon Wood Closing Times

The following closing times apply to the Car Park & Kingfisher Gardens gates.

Jan 4.30: Feb - 5.30: Mar - 6.30: Apr - 8.00: 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 contact the Safer Neighbourhoods Team at Addington Police Station on 020-8721-2464 or email

For Injured wildlife ring Riverside Animal Centre - 020-8647 6230 between 8.30am and 9pm Mon to Sun 

or call RSPCA 0300 1234 999 (24/7)

To report injured, sick or trapped badgers or dogs trapped in badger setts contact East Surrey Badger Protection Society (ESBPS) 24/7 Rescue Service. We are here to help sick, injured, trapped or distressed badgers. Also tell us about dead badgers. Please help us by giving a contact number in case we need more details. Warwick Reynolds. 020-8688 9905. mobile: 07973 327017 or Ray Ings. 01883 380321. mobile 07736 520332 or David Gooden. mobile 07828 899273

If you see people, motorbikes, quads or horseriders causing damage or behaving anti-socially Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm phone  Croydon Council 020-8726 6000 (ignore all choices and information – you will be answered eventually) or report online at

Overflowing bins or poo bins should be reported to

Graffiti should be reported to

We would also be grateful if you would tell the FSW about any problems - e-mail: or use the Contact Us page on this website.

Ash Dieback in Selsdon Wood

Chalara (Ash Dieback - a disease of Ash trees ) was found in 2016 in the Council coppice blocks in Selsdon Wood. Unfortunately this was inevitable with the infection being found at Warlingham two years previously. Whilst it is not ideal, current thinking is to carry on as normal as there is a good level of resistance being found in the UK and fatality is not necessarily going to occur for infected trees.

The FSW is a member of  the Association of Croydon Conservation Societies (ACCS) and the Moving Mountains Network

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