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.
FSW Logs & Charcoal
The cartoon to the right - showing our famous bear - was produced by Mark Emin and first published in the Selsdon Gazette. Mark has a BSc in Mathematics and a passion for art including drawing cartoons and landscapes. He also enjoys taking photos of beautiful scenery and wildlife. He has a twitter page with more of his drawings at:
We are very saddened to tell you that Rob Sowter died on Wednesday 15th October after a battle with cancer. He was an enthusiastic woodsman who helped us to develop our interest in coppicing and charcoal making, and certainly made a big difference to parts of Selsdon Wood. He will be much missed.
Our next walk is "Winter Trees" with The Friends on Saturday 10th January at 1pm - see the Walks page for details.
Our next Meeting is on Monday 27th October 2014 at 8pm at the Forestdale Forum. All members welcome.
Our next Workday is on Sunday 26th October 2014 - see the Workdays page for details.
The 2015 FSW Calendar is now available
To order your copy get in touch through the usual FSW email email@example.com, 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.
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.
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 the Copper Beeches in the strip between Fields 2 and 3 - 15/4/14.
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.