To contact the Friends e-mail: 
or telephone the secretary on 020 8651 4010 mob: 07979 002547‬ (initial enquiry by text please)

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 the link below.

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 sessions (see the Work Sessions page for details) we coppice woodland and carry out other maintenance work. Our Committee meetings are open to all, usually on the last Monday of alternate months and we hold our AGM in early March. All start at 8pm at the Forestdale Forum.

Our display boards at the entrances carry posters advertising forthcoming walks (see the Walks page) and provide other information for users of the woods.

See the Events page for dates of all meetings, walks etc. 

See also the Projects page for information about our latest project - using shingle to improve the muddy paths.

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 us all.

To join download and complete one of the forms below, go to the Contact Us page on this website or email 

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Ensuring that Selsdon Wood is maintained for the Benefit of Flora and Fauna

The above is one of the stated aims of FSW. It is a particularly apposite aim at  a time when Prince William is launching the Earthshot Campaign to bring nature back to its rightful place, when Climate Change is becoming an ever more apparent very real threat to the continuing existence of the biological world, and when the World's Climate Change Conference is being held in Great Britain. We thus wish to share with you the document below which offers a critique of Croydon Council policies. 
We welcome all feedback and comments.

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.

In 2016 we made major repairs to the muddy paths with the gravel and woodchip for this work funded partly through sponsorship. We are grateful to Councillor Sara Bashford for a contribution from her Community Budget and also to Woodside Timber and Spring Lane Builders Merchants for their donation and discounts. See the projects page for further details.

If you are interested in sponsoring the work of the Friends, please contact us using the details at the top of the page. We will be delighted to publicise sponsorship to all our 250 members through our newsletters and more widely through our contributions to local publications.

 Advice for Group Leaders of Potential Volunteers

Do you have a group of people (aged over 14) who would like to volunteer to work in the wood at a time other than on our regular work sessions (usually held on the first Sunday of the month, plus the last Sundays of September – March)?

We can sometimes set up special ad hoc weekday or Saturday sessions (given a reasonable amount of notice).

The work is often quite basic woodland management eg cutting down bracken and nettles or removing brambles, gorse and laurel. There would be some associated work for those who cannot safely use tools. This would be removing the cut stems etc to form piles to decompose in designated areas of the woods.

FSW can provide tools (secateurs, loppers and hand saws) and oversight for about 6-10 people at a session – more would require an extra supervisor per 10 and there would not be sufficient tools probably available for everyone to use them at the same time. We ask that volunteers bring suitable outdoor work wear and stout footwear. We have a small stock of safety helmets, safety goggles and thick gloves to lend, Covid permitting, to any volunteers who do not have their own.

Would this be of interest to your group and able to be safely done by them?

A different type of  job that FSW are currently considering is the digging of drainage channels across some of our paths to try to reduce the muddy areas which make them almost impassable in winter at some points. This project would entail digging narrow channels across the paths at strategic points (probably about 7"- 10" deep and about 6" wide) ready to lay a drainage tube in it on a bed of gravel to carry the water away to the side of the path. This is at a very early stage of our planning schedule, but if you have people who could help with this digging, please let us know. The paths are mainly compacted earth and stones and of course, being in a wood, have roots etc to deal with so it is a bit more than 'gardening' - and we have no power tools to help - just shovels and picks! Knowing your volunteers might be able to offer some help (even if not immediately as we are not ready yet!)  could assist us in deciding whether to carry on with the idea or not.

FSW assumes your organisation/ business has suitable insurance for the activities you take your clients/employees/volunteers to. We have a ‘safe working’ protocol which we would expect every volunteer to adhere to as guided by the FSW on site supervisor at the session. Of course, we also have the usual public liability insurance required by the Croydon Council to allow us and our volunteers to work in a public place.

We have no kitchen facilities on site, so workers are asked to bring their own drinks and snacks if they need them. The sessions are usually for no longer than about three hours. We work in most weathers – but not rain or snow if too heavy or if it is very windy to avoid any injuries from falling branches etc.

There are toilets on site for which we hold the key. There are no disabled toilets. 

The work area is up to about 10 minutes' walk up a gentle grassy hill from the car park entrance, which is off Old Farleigh Road - post code CR2 8QF for your satnav. The nearest London red bus 433 stops are at Dove Close and an hourly service from Caterham and Godstone stops near the gate in Old Farleigh Road.  The 64 bus stops about 15-minute walk away near Sainsbury’s in Selsdon centre.

Do please contact us if you need more information or would like to book some work time in the wood with us. 

It’s a lovely place to come to enjoy for some general green therapy and mindfulness anyway!  Our free guided walks programme is open to all - see our website for dates.

FSW is a Member of The Association of Croydon Conservation Societies (ACCS)
see their website at 
Selsdon Wood is owned by the National Trust and we have our own page on their website at

National Trust Bylaws which apply to our wood can be found at

Selsdon Wood Closing Times

Gates are not currently being locked so opening hours do not apply.

The following closing times formerly applied 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 where immediate response is required - 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.

For non urgent matters, such as motorbikes or quads (which are prohibited and could be dangerous) or other antisocial behaviour please call 101 or ring Selsdon and Forestdale Police 020 8721 2464. They have an answering service as they are not there all the time but you can leave a message and they will get back to you. Alternatively, if you try to report an event as it’s happening and the answerphone comes on then call 101 or contact the NSO’s (Neighbourhood Safety Officers) NSO South West

For problems with dogs, such as attacks or dogs left in hot cars contact the Croydon dog warden service on             

If you are able to photograph the miscreants or note registration numbers that would be very helpful.

For Injured wildlife call RSPCA 0300 1234 999 (24/7) or Kent Wildlife Rescue Service 07824 893399. For problems requiring a mechanical solution - such as deer trapped in fences - phone the Fire Brigade on the 101 or 112 number.

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

There have been a number of incidents in the area of animals - cats and dogs as well as wild animals such as birds, rabbits and foxes - being deliberately killed and mutilated. This should be reported to the police and also to SNARL South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty tel: 07961 030064 or 07957 830490.

Council Contacts
There is a dedicated officer managing in working hours and will forward emails to the relevant parties. Service standard is a 10 day response time. However, they are very low on resources so some responses may take longer, depending on urgency. Currently moving over to a new improved system.

Issues with trees can be reported to (Richard can be copied in at

The Love Clean Streets smartphone app, is the fastest way to report fly-tipping, unauthorised encampments, abandoned vehicles, graffiti and other issues within Croydon.

For urgent requests, contact the Council by phone on 0208 726 6000 (Mon - Fri 9am to 4pm), 020 8684 3527 for the out of hours team or by email at

Overflowing bins or poo bins and fly tipping 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:

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

A What Three Words reference to a spot in the car park is  ///unrealistic.holly.trees  

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 (Dove Close stop). 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

There is an additional hourly bus, 409, which runs along Old Farleigh Road with a stop named Selsdon Nature Reserve and It is also possible to access the wood from Courtwood Lane which is served by the 353.

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

Except where stated otherwise, all materials on this website are © FSW.