Programme for 2017-2018


GUIDED WALKS of DISCOVERY 2018

All our walks are slow and easy – a meander rather than a hike! 

Meeting in Selsdon Wood car park, Old Farleigh Road, at time shown. Why not join us for about 2 hours?           

March - Sat 3rd 2pm ‘Family Woodland Walk’ with Meike Weiser (for families with children aged 5+)

April – Sat 7th 2pm 'Spring Walk' with the Friends

May – Sat 5th 2pm ‘Bluebells and Birds’ with the Friends

June - Sun 17th 11am ‘Summer Flowers’ with Malcolm Jennings

July - Sat 14th 11am ‘Butterflies’ with Malcolm Bridge (provisional)

July - Thurs 19th 9.00pm ‘Bats & Moths’ with Malcolm Bridge (provisional)

August - Wed 15th 2pm - ‘Mini-Beast Hunt’ with Roger Hawkins (of interest to young children)

September - Sun 9th - 12noon to 4pm ‘Open Day’ (including 2 guided walks)

October – Sat 6th 10am - ‘Fungus Hunt’ with the Friends

November - Sat 3rd 1pm - Autumn Leaves with the Friends

All our walks are also advertised on the Croydon Online website http://www.croydononline.org.

FSW Open Day 2018

Sunday September 9th 
12noon - 4pm
(plenty of interest for adults and children)

AGM & MONTHLY MEMBERS' MEETINGS

All are welcome to come along – we would value your opinion. If you are interested in the future of Selsdon Wood, we need your views. Members meetings are generally on the last Monday of each month – except where this is a Bank Holiday All meetings start promptly at 8pm at The Forum, Forestdale.

2017

AGM - Monday March 27th

January 30th, February 27th, April 24th, May 22nd, June 26th, July 31st, August 21st, September 25th, October 30th, November 27th

2018

AGM – Monday March 26th

January 29th, February 26th, April 23rd, May 21st, June 25th, July 30th, August 20th, September 24th, October 29th, November 26th

 To make enquiries or check the above phone 020-8657 0423 or e-mail: selsdonwood@gmail.com


WORK DAYS 2017

 Habitat management and general maintenance – helping to improve our wood! You work for as long as suits you and choose jobs to suit your strengths. Tools are provided . 

We do need more help and would welcome your assistance.

Meeting in Selsdon Wood car park on Sundays at 10am. 

2017

January 29th, February 5th & 26th, March 5th & 26th, April 2nd, May 7th, June 4th, July 2nd, August 6th, September 24th, October 1st & 29th, November 5th & 26th, December 3rd

2018

January 28th, February 4th & 25th, March 4th and 25th, April 8th, May 6th, June 3rd, July 1st, August 5th, September 30th, October 7th and 28th, November 4th and 25th, December 2nd.

Reports of Previous Events
(see Walks and Workdays pages for reports of those)

Open Day 2017 - Sunday 10th September
photos below from Linda Morris
Disappointing weather meant that attendance was low this year. However we did manage to get things cleared away before the worst of the rain came and none of the gazebos actually took off in the gusty wind.

David, John and Miss M. Whillier manned the recruitment tent, Linda, Tony & Sandra the tombola stand, Heather the photo competition & calendar sales and Neale, Karen & Sarah Malins the kids tent & scavenger hunt. Ted led two walks, Sarah read story time for the children and, as usual, refreshments were provided by the Scouts. Guest stalls included: Badger Protection Society, Friends of the Earth, Beekeepers, Woodturners, RSPB, Sand Art, Friends of Littleheath Woods, Uncle Ria's Jams, SRA.

Financial Report from Treasurer Sandra Crapper

10 Calendars £50

Jam Stall £20

Sand Stall £5

Woodturners Stall £5

Buckets £22.08 (can be gift aided)

White Elephant £28

Tombola £77

Membership Stall – £105 (5 donations of £5 = £25 - plus 16 membership payments made today = £80 plus one SO membership.)


Scavenger Hunt Report from Neale Fox

We had a slow start due to the slightly unpredictable weather. However things did pick up and although exact numbers were not recorded I would say twenty five to thirty children participated in the scavenger hunt. Mostly younger children took part and some joined Ted on walks as well as Sarah reading stories. Most children took their finds home in little bags we provided and were proud of their efforts.

We have lots of toys for next year left over. The leftover crisps and sweets can be consumed by workday participants or given away on walks.

A view of the whole camp taken from the bear by Ted Forsyth
Walks Report from Ted Forsyth

I waited for the first walk to start at 12.30pm but there were no customers. After waiting until 12.40pm I noticed a lady emerging from the toilet with her 3 year old grand-daughter and carrying a scavenger sheet. I asked if they would like me to show them around. Young Abigail did not stop talking during the walk. I took them up Greenhill Way and down into David's Crook where we found most of the items on the sheet but could not find any Hazel nuts. While we were walking through the path towards Stevens Walk granny suddenly bent down and picked up a conifer cone, then a few metres further on she picked up a Hazel nut.

At the second walk at 2.30pm there were five adults one of whom said she had lived in the area most of her life but would not walk in the woods on her own and did not know where the pond was. I took them through David's Crook, pointing out sessile Oak and Turkey Oak next to each other, then on the way back later we were able to see the pedunculate or English Oak by the Centenary Plantation - sporting a fine crop of Knopper Galls and a few good acorns. I pointed out the crop of sloes, obviously mentioned sloe gin, and talked about Brown Hairstreaks and Blackthorns. We reached the pond in Linden Glade where I showed them our "henge" and the cracks in the concrete liner. Return was via Smith Grove and The Wend , where they were intrigued by the Common Earthballs, then past the Centenary and back to the gazebos.

Both groups seemed to enjoy themselves.


Photo Comp Report from Heather Govier

71 people voted in the 2016/17 photo competition and the winners were as follows:
1st prize - Philip Murray-Pearce for “Iridescence’ - £100
2nd prize - Lisa Dervish for “Peanut with his Chestnuts" - £40
3rd prize - Ernie Thomason for “Male Roe Deer” - £20 

All the winners and other shortlisted photographs are shown on the Photo Competition page of this website.
Beavers Litter Pick - Wednesday 28th June 2017

After the successful litter pick with the Beaver Scouts 2 years ago, we were approached this April by Diana Walters leader of the 5th Selsdon & Addington group to organise another similar event this year. The Council Clean & Green team were happy to participate again and so the FSW investigated appropriate sites. Fox Shaw had been well cleared on the previous occasion so this time we focused on the adjoining paths. There was a big buildup of litter at the end of Yew Tree way where youths had been gathering to party and along the stretch of the London Loop and Vanguard Way running along footpath 515. In the other direction, the footpaths running alongside Fox Shaw to Kittiwake and Turnestone Closes also needed attention.

Around 15 Beaver Scouts supported by teenage Explorer Scouts and half a dozen leaders and parents assembled in Quail Gardens by the footpath to Selsdon Wood at 6pm. The Croydon Clean and Green team handed out lots of litter-pickers, collecting bags and gloves and hi-viz jackets for the children to wear.

We split into 2 groups – one going into the wood and along Vale Border in the direction of Yew Tree Way and the other following the footpaths at the edge of Fox Shaw towards Kingfisher Gardens.

After an hour of litter picking we had a substantial pile of rubbish including a car wheel, part of a motorbike tank and a 2m long piece of insulated cladding. As parents came to collect their children we gave ourselves a round of applause and we all went our separate ways at 7pm after a very fruitful hour. The Croydon Clean & Green Team took all the rubbish away.

A big thank you to Diana Walters and the 5th Selsdon and Addington Beavers group and to Tracey Bellamy and the Croydon Clean and Green Team for all their support.

Open Day 2016 - Sunday 11th September
photos below from Linda Morris & Ted Forsyth
We had a beautiful day for it thus year, the attendance was steady throughout the 4 hours and a good time was had by all. David, Janet and John manned the recruitment tent, Linda, Tony, Sandra and others the tombola stand and Neale and Karen the Scavenger Hunt stall. Ted led two walks, Sandra read story time for the children and, as usual, refreshments were provided by the Scouts. Guest stalls included: Badger Protection Society, Friends of the Earth, Beekeepers, Woodturners, RSPB, Selsdon Ceramics, Friends of Littleheath Woods, Epilepsy Society, Vegans, Uncle Ria's Jams, SRA, and Mrs Jess Bates with her ferret.

Financial Report from Treasurer Sandra Crapper

Calendars (sold 10) £50

Contributions from Stalls:  Epilepsy £5,  Vegan  £5   Uncle Ria’s Jams  £20  (to come RSPB)

Memberships - Total £15

Donation Buckets £60.88 – up approximately 30% from last year

Tombola £120

Walks Report from Ted Forsyth

The first walk involved a dozen people including several youngsters who were looking for Scavenger Hunt items based on sheets prepared by Heather last year. Our first item was “a leaf with spots”, i.e. Sycamore leaf showing Tar Spot. Where normally at this time of the year we would expect to find all Sycamore leaves covered in black blotches we saw that most leaves were untouched by the fungus. Keeping an eye open for other items, we walked through David’s Crook to Linden Glade where we looked at a well-grown Beefsteak fungus. Returning via Smith Grove we found another Beefsteak at the junction with Bluebell Grove. Following Bluebell Grove to The Wend we were able to see the collection of Common Earthballs. The last task was to find a Hornbeam which we did in Field 3. We finished the walk in one and a half hours.

The later walk had no Scavenger Hunters and had ten adults. We followed the same route but in Linden Glade, after admiring the large Beefsteak, someone spotted a bright yellow fungus further into the wood. It proved to be a group of Chicken of the Woods in marvellous condition spread along a fallen log. When I remarked that I usually saw them in a tier of brackets my attention was drawn to a nearby tree which had just such a tier protruding from the trunk. On the way back we investigated differences between Common Hawthorn and Midland Thorn, and also compared Sessile-, Pedunculate- (English), and Turkey Oaks.  We were back at the car park in less than an hour.

FSW and SRA Community Picnic on 16th July 2016
photos below from Linda Morris

This event was held to celebrate 90 Years of the Selsdon Residents Association and 80 years since Selsdon Wood became National Trust property. It was a Big Lunch BYO picnic with support from the Scouts who ran a refreshement tent serving burgers, cakes and hot and cold drinks. The weather did us proud and the event was much enjoyed by groups of families and friends.

Student Filming in Selsdon Wood 9th-11th November 2015

In November our wood had a visit form a group of students in Filmmaking, at Kingston University. They were led by Jade Lederer who was shooting an adaptation of "The Wonderful Musician", a Grimm's fairytale as part of her assessed coursework. We gave her and her art director a tour of the wood looking for suitable locations and after they had cleared everything with the Council they came to film on 9th and 11th of November. The weather was kind to them on both days and  I saw them shooting by one of our significant landmarks (see right) at the junction of Bluebell Grove and The Wend on Monday and near the Monster Trees in Beech Grove on Wednesday (see below). We are told that the film will be available on the web in due course and we shall be sure to let you know when it appears.

Beavers Litter Pick in Fox Shaw - 30th September 2015

Around 25 Beaver Scouts supported by 8 teenage Explorer Scouts and half a dozen leaders and parents assembled in Quail Gardens by the footpath to Selsdon Wood at 5.30pm on Wednesday 30th September. The objective was a litter pick in Fox Shaw and also along a stretch of the London Loop and Vanguard Way running along footpath 515. The Croydon Clean and Green team handed out lots of litter-pickers, collecting bags and gloves and hi-viz jackets for the children to wear. All the children were also fitted with Fantastic Foxes badges (see right).

After about 30 minutes of successful litter hunting in Fox Shaw we regrouped (see the photo below) and walked into the wood and along Vale Border in the direction of Yew Tree Way. We stopped by the badger setts and fox holes where the lovely picture of a baby fox used on our badge was taken (by FSW member and Photo Competition regular Sheila Woolcock in the spring of this year). We showed the children the full photograph and explained where it was taken and pointed out the badger diggings. We then walked along the London Loop footpath to Goldfinch Road picking up a huge amount of litter along the way. We pretty much managed to fill the Council van with the results of our work and all went our separate ways at 6.30pm after a very fruitful hour.

A big thanks you to Diana Walters and the 5th Selsdon and Addington Beavers group and to Tracey Bellamy and the Croydon Clean and Green Team for all their support.

Open Day 2015 - 13th September - report from Ted Forsyth

Having watched weather forecasts slowly improving over the last days and even hours before Sunday’s opening, it was with some optimism that I got to the car park at 8.30am. I opened up the toilet block and the gates to the extension car park then checked Linda’s marking out of the various stalls.

Over the next half an hour most of the FSW Committee arrived with husbands, daughters and granddaughters in tow, joined by Richard Lock, Simon Morris and Joseph Stone, and later one or two others who would help on the stalls. Our trolley, with its colourful new wheels, was in use to ferry gazebos and other heavy items from the toolstore and, as the gazebos rose in their positions, a constant stream of materials came from cars and store. I helped David erect his impressive display of the work we do in the wood (see right) then directed the various stall holders to their places.

The woodworking group alone had seven cars, all of which we were able to retain behind their marquee, as we did with all the other stall holders vehicles. This helped to give an impression of a much bigger event and was only possible because the grass cutting had been so well done this year. I was given the notice indicating where to meet for the walks and was about to attach it to the bear when I saw that the refreshment vehicle was stuck behind the entrance barrier which was still closed as I had not expected a high vehicle. I soon managed to open that then got back to the bear only to discover that the string had been cut last year and no longer fitted round the bear. That was sorted out by attaching a longer piece (and at the end of the day it was removed without cutting!). 

When I pay for items using cash I frequently get a handful of 1p, 2p and 5p as change and usually throw them into a container in a drawer. I had no idea what I intended to do with them eventually but decided to spread them around the collection buckets so that we began with something in the buckets to encourage others to donate.

By now it was getting close to the first walk so I wandered over to the bear and was joined by a lady who said she walked in the fields but did not like to walk in the woods unaccompanied. The group was completed by the addition of a couple and we set off up Greenhill Way, chatting about anything which came to mind, including some of the items for the children’s scavenger hunt. We had a good look at Ash keys and discussed the fruits of Sycamores and Maples, then I began pointing out fungi. They must have been paying attention for one of them pointed out a large number of fungi (Inkcaps) growing on branches off the path just before we turned towards David’s Path. One of the ladies was Italian and we talked about the effect of continental immigrants, who know what they are doing, who pick fungi for consumption. Perhaps that is why I do not see some of the more interesting edible fungi – they have got there before me! We followed an unplanned route through Pool Grove, Linden Glade, Leafy Grove (Yellow Stagshorn), The Wend (Common Earthballs), Smith Grove (Small Stagshorn), Great Field (Common and Turkey Oaks), past Centenary Plantation (where the Broad-leaved Helleborine has returned again and is now in seed) and back to the car park. The first lady had picked up a small map from David and I had a spare map I had printed out, which I gave to the couple, and at times we consulted the maps to show where we were. They seemed to enjoy the walk and I certainly did.  It took just over one hour. 

I took pictures of most of the stalls (see the gallery below) and was asked to supply a copy of the jam lady’s stall as she never had a picture of the completed stall (see right). At the RSPB stall I was told that a large flock of House Martins had flown over earlier. There was a moment of panic around 2.10pm when I thought the next walk was to start at 2.00pm but a quick check confirmed 2.30pm. I discovered that Neale was encouraging any intending scavenger hunters to join in on the walk so instead of the three I had on the first walk I set off with at least 23. Neale had printed some of Heather’s scavenger sheets and backed them with a copy of the map, then laminated them in case we had rain. My morning route changed to bring in more of the desired items for the hunt so we were able to talk about Pedunculate-, Sessile- and Turkey Oaks and Knopper Galls, the new Shaggy Bracket fungus in Bluebell Grove, and the couple of dozen Common Earthballs. Again the walk was about one hour and everyone seemed happy. 

By now the main car park and the extension car park had filled up with cars. It was soon time to pack up and materials began drifting back to stores and cars, gazebos came down and were packed away, and visitors’ cars disappeared – except for one which was parked at the far end of the extension car park. When this happened on a previous occasion we left the gate between the car parks looking as though it was closed but put a message on the car windscreen as explanation. We considered doing the same but as we stood talking as the last car was filled with David’s display, etc, the owners of the vehicle arrived so we were able to close the gates, including the height barrier, and leave the site (at last!). It had been a long day but the predicted rain had not appeared so we did not have the problem of dismantling gazebos in the rain and later having the problems of drying off wet ones.

(As we waited at the end a very large flock of House Martins flew over as they hunted for insects over Vale Border).

Report on the Kid's gazebo and Scavenger Hunt from Sarah Malins

We enjoyed ourselves, it was fun and we did work together as a team. Neale went round and gathered troops for the story and the scavenger hunt, which was good for us. Once we got going we were joking with the kids and the parents.

Some of the  parents, when they knew it was free, wanted to donate something. We directed them to the collection bucket in the FSW gazebo. A separate bucket in the Kids area would be good in future. The parents were as enthusiastic as the kids and they were all so nice and very polite. They did put effort into it.

The easier Scavenger Hunt sheet was better, the children were mostly 7/8 and below. However the other sheet was good in that it gave hints of where to find the items, so it was useful to have both. Lots of children didn't find pine cones, but then lots did.


They kids liked the badges and Neale has recorded what prizes were most popular. It was a good idea to have samples of the items to be found, especially as I didn't know what sloe (is that how you spell it) was. However all the adults seemed to know it was connected to gin!

The children enjoyed looking at the skulls but there was no great interest in colouring activities - we just has 2 kids that coloured in. We did put some pictures in their bags. That was it. People were interested in maps of the wood and the leaflets.

Sophie enjoyed talking to the kids and thought the kids liked adding their names to the list of participants that she maintained. She thought we should get their ages next time. I think there were over 40 names on the list.

I think it went well and around 50 children were involved at one time or another.

Financial Report from Treasurer Sandra Crapper

Buckets £48.38
Tombola + Bric-a-Bac £245
Calendars £80
Stall holders £50
Memberships + Donations  £150
So we did very well - raising almost £600 to fund our work in the coming year.

Recruitment

The FSW display and recruitment tent was organised by David Malins with the support of Janet, John and Ted. Subs were paid by 17 new members and 3 renewers (£95) and there were donations totalling £25.

A Thank You from FSW Chair Heather Govier

I was unable to attend Open Day this year and I would like to offer a personal thank you to everyone who made it so successful. The main work of planning and preparation was all down to our secretary and Open Day Organiser, Linda Morris so we owe her a huge vote of thanks. Ted (see above) and all the rest of the FSW Committee - and members of their families - worked hard on the day and my thanks to each of them for their efforts.

On behalf of the FSW, I should also like to say thank you for prizes and sweets donated by Snappy Snaps, Vintage 62, Clarks Newsagents and Friends. Thanks too to John Wren of Croydon Council for arranging for the grass cutting and subsequent clearing. Everyone commented on how well it all looked.

See the gallery below for photographs of many of the stalls. Thanks to Ted Forsyth for these.

Litter Pick in Court Wood - 7th February 2015

Those of you who live in Courtwood Lane may well have noticed that the stretch of Selsdon Wood running beside the road from Cascades to the end of Markfield is a real magnet for litter - see the “before” photograph top left. The main culprits seem to be those households who persist in putting general rubbish in the street bins and the foxes that pull this into the wood and spread it about the area known as Court Wood. The litter is especially visible at this season of the year when the trees are bare and so this was a perfect time to get in there and clear it up.

The FSW organised a community clean up in the area at 10 am on Saturday February 7th. Croydon’s Clean & Green team were eager to support us by supplying posters to advertise the event. News got out via the Forestdale Forward group and we also notified the Head at the nearby Courtwood Primary School. As a result we were approached by several individuals keen to help and also by the leader of the 5th Selsdon & Addington Scout Group and the Pinewood Seahorses Explorer Scouts who offered the support of his young charges working toward their Community Challenge badges.

It was a great success - see the “after” photograph top right!! We had around 20 volunteers and managed to clear up Court Wood really well:-) There was an unbelievable amount of litter - see the photograph below showing what we collected. Tracy Bellamy, Croydon’s Clean and Green Street Champion Coordinator, and a squad of Enforcement Officers set up a table with posters and T-shirts and provided litter pickers, gloves, bags and bag holders for the volunteers to use and even T-shirts for all who wanted them. The Enforcement Officers also delivered fliers around the neighborhood with information about the Don’t Mess with Croydon campaign. There was a caged vehicle where the collected rubbish could be deposited and we more than half filled it! The event was scheduled for 2 hours but most of the work was completed by 11.30 am when we all got together for the group photograph showing what we had achieved. There was a total of half a ton of litter, which was taken away to landfill.

Thank you so much to everyone who came to helpJ I have had complementary remarks from many local residents who have noticed our lovely clean woods.

Open Day 7 September 2014 

We had a lovely day for our annual fair, which was a fruitful money raiser, netting over £500 (see report below).

Photos above from Faheem Mirza, Dawn Gibbons, Mark Shoesmith and Linda Morris.

Setting up in the morning went very smoothly with everything ready to go by 11am. Many of the Friends helped with this, ably assisted by Faheem Mirza and his team of volunteers from Muslims for Humanity (see http://www.muslimsforhumanity.org.uk). Thanks to them and to all others who helpedJ

The recruiting and PR area did an excellent job - we have nine new members and six old members renewed. Lots of leaflets were handed out so there may be more memberships to come. Three bags of charcoal and one bag of logs were also sold here Many thanks to David, Janet, Neale & KarenJ

The tombola and white elephant stall was constantly busy and the tombola was a sell-out with the final prize hanging on until the very last batch of six tickets was sold! People enjoyed rummaging through the white elephants to track down a bargain. Some ‘escaped' so do come again next year to see what we have managed to round up to help boost our funds. Thanks to everyone who helped out here especially the two Lindas, Karen, Cecile, Christine and SandraJ

The children’s activity area was busier than last year. Popular activities included leaf rubbing, colouring and word search activities and scavenger hunts at two levels of difficulty (the easy one was most popular). There was also an exhibition of skulls and seasonal nuts, which stimulated interest and discussion. Thanks to Dawn, Karl and Cathy for their work on the stallJ

The storytime session (from 1.45 - 2.30 pm) was held beneath the shade of one of the trees. Using clipboards and coloured pencils supplied by Selsdon Library, the children tried to find all the rabbits hidden in a picture - there were 16 to be found so the older children helped the younger ones. Sandra then read three stories: Bunny and Bee's Forest Friends by Sam Williams (Bunny and Bee are rabbits to follow through with the rabbit theme); Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, which the children really enjoyed. To finish there were photocopy sheets of trees, foxes, rabbits and owls for the children to colour in or to take home. Many thanks to Sandra for leading this sessionJ

The photo competition attracted lots of interest and the winner was Mark Shoesmith with his Squirrel Portrait. Mark also took second prize with his Small Heath Butterfly and Ted Forsyth took third with his Owl in Linden Glade. Congratulations to both winners!!! Thanks to our anonymous donor there are cash prizes for all 3 winners - £50 (first) and £20 (second) to Mark and £10 (third) to Ted - and a Snappy Snaps voucher for each winner. Thanks to Tony for his help hereJ

There were two guided walks during the course of the afternoon, the first with eight adults and one young girl and the second with one adult male. The walkers looked at various fungi, helped with the scavenger hunt, and identified King Alfred's Cakes, Knopper Gall and Artichoke Gall, all found by the young girl. Many thanks to Ted for leading both walksJ

Visiting stalls included Littleheath Woods, Mingles, Bee Keepers, East Surrey Badger Protection Society, RSPB, East Surrey Wood Turners, Selsdon Art Club, and the local Ceramicist, Tim Bartell, and tasty refreshments were ably provided by the 2nd Selsdon and Addington Scout Group lead by Paul Burns. Many thanks to them allJ

Thanks to all who helped with the packing away at the end of the day and a special thank you to Tony and Neale for organising the store to ensure that everything went back neat and tidyJ

The total sum raised for FSW funds was £525.25 - comprised of: £165 – Tombola; £53 – Brica a Brac; £15 – Charcoal; £4 – Logs; £140 – Calendars; £5.25 – profit on Xmas Cards; £40 - Donations from stall holders; £25 - Other donations; £75 - Membership fees.

Thanks again to all those who contributed time, effort and prizes etc this year and a special thanks to Linda Morris who organized the whole shebangJ 

Charcoal-making Weekend - 24-26 May 2014

Photos from Ted Forsyth, Neale Fox and John Zareba
See the FSW June Newsletter for a full account of the event from Ted


FSW Open
Day - 1st September 2013

For once the weather for Open Day looked set fair so we looked forward to a successful event. The pitches had all been marked out in advance and a band of Friends and other supporters turned up early in the morning to help get everything set up for a noon start. The Friends themselves had four gazebos: one showing what the Friends do in the wood, recruiting membership and making logs available for a donation of £4; a second with displays and activities for children; a third selling tombola tickets, white elephants and books; and a fourth (shared with the Selsdon Residents Association) housing the annual Photo Competition and sales of 2014 FSW Calendars. All were kept busy throughout the four hours with over 150 visitors and we welcomed 14 new members and raised a couple of hundred pounds for the work of our organisation.
The additional invited stalls covered a wide range of interests and goods – supporting badgers, birds and bees, and selling wood craft and pottery items. Refreshments were provided by the local scouts and there were guided walks for all ages and activities for children including a scavenger hunt, face painting and story time. Other pages on this website have details of the walks (Walks page) and the Photo Competition (Photo Competition page).

The Friends would like to thank all who helped, especially Linda Morris the event organiser.

See below for photographs (thanks to Tony Flecchia and Dawn Gibbons)

May 2013
FSW Dedicated Bench

On 7th August 2013 the Friends installed a new seat which we have donated to commemorate the estblishment 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.
March 2012
Above - The Friends preparing the ground in the previous week

Below - The girls after the planting
June 2011